Happy Runeberg's Day!
Runeberg's torte are traditionally served only once a year, on Runeberg's Day, to celebrate Finland's national poet. These cakes are flavoured with almond meal and gingerbread cookies (and rum, which I didn't have) and topped with raspberry jam and icing. They are such a special treat and I was so happy to serve these to my Finnish friend visiting yesterday. What a perfect start for the new month!
150g butter (organic)
150ml (about 120g) (raw) sugar
2 eggs (free-range, organic)
100ml (organic, unsweetened) apple sauce
150ml (about 100g) plain flour
100ml (about 50g) almond meal
150ml (about 90g) gingerbread crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
60g icing sugar
1/2 tablespoon hot water
1. Beat soft butter and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs beating well after each one.
2. Add apple sauce and fold in the dry ingredients (mixed together first in a separate bowl).
3. Spoon the batter into cupcake molds and bake in 190C for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
4. Mix icing sugar and hot water in a bowl until you have a smooth, thick paste. Press a small dent in the middle of each cake and top with jam. Pipe a thin layer of icing sugar around the centre.