August 03, 2011

Omenalumi - Apple Snow

When it comes to quick desserts I don't know anything that beats lumi - the snow. Lemon snow, lingonberry snow, apple snow, you name it. Whatever the flavour, this is quick, simple and so tasty and makes an ideal dessert for when you really just want something sweet to end a meal. 

Now, I am not sure about the origins of this treat, but were you to browse any old Finnish recipe books, you'd definitely find it. Undoubtedly it has a certain retro feel to it, but in my opinion it just adds to the charm. I've tweaked the traditional recipe a bit and used honey instead of sugar and added a bit of vanilla and cinnamon for the taste. If you'd like to use whole apples, boil them until soft (with spices if you like), mash/grate into a smooth sauce, then use as below.

Omenalumi - Apple Snow
(serves 2)

2 large free-range egg whites
150ml organic, unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon raw honey (liquid)
a drop or two of natural vanilla extract or paste
ground cinnamon, to serve

1. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until hard peaks form.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the apple sauce, honey and vanilla. 

3. Carefully fold the apple mixture into the egg whites. Spoon the light cloud of apply goodness into serving bowls, then dust with ground cinnamon and serve immediately.