Fall is truly arriving in Norway now. Summer is definitely over. We can tell by the cooler temperatures and first hint of yellow on the birch trees.
There are other ways to see that fall is here. Fall is the time to harvest fruits and berries. Nature’s abundance is waiting just around the bend. On a recent walk in the woods we discovered lots of wild cranberries growing along side the trail. This is obviously a good year for cranberries! They do not grow as well each year, they tend to have good and bad seasons. Maybe it is because we have had a bit of a cold summer that they grew so well? They are a northern berry after all.
Another sign that fall is here is that the apples are already changing color. I used to love picking apples in the orchard. Now I don’t get the chance as often but I still like them as fresh as possible. The first of the local apples have been harvested now, and I could just smell that they were wonderful. Apples which have been shipped and stored don’t smell much like apples, but these smelled just glorious! So good in fact that I was inspired to bake!
Here you see the end result: A typical Norwegian apple cake. Although I am used to making apple pie from growing up in New York, making a Norwegian apple cake is much easier! No pie crust to roll out! Needless to say the results were good enough to eat!
Whenever I make anything with apples I am not sure if it tastes or smells best…the smell of baked apples is just so good. I can still smell it in the kitchen and it reminds me of my childhood. Hope you all have a good weekend! And are enjoying the season wherever you may be.