Yesterday we were invited to our friend Andreas for dinner. I always bake something when we visit him, and this time I decided to bake a plum pie to be served with almond cream, which in this case is whipped cream with carmelized almond. The pie was delicious, even though the plums that I bought weren’t perfect. Next time (and there definitely will be a next time for this pie) I’ll maybe substitute the plums with cherries or some other tart fruit. The pie filling consists of almond paste, eggs and butter which is a great combination.
For dinner Andreas made us a lovely salmon dish which is easy to make and is really great. The dish consists of salmon, leek, grated horseradish and boiled new potatoes. Put all the ingredients in an aluminium foil package that you put on the grill. As the weather was bad yesterday the fish package was put in the oven instead. The result was a delicious and easy fish dish that I truly recommend. For variation you can add some cream or white wine in the fish package. Andreas made a big one, but you can do small individual ones as well. For dessert we had the earlier meantioned plum pie and after the dinner Andreas started with his spooky drinks, that most of the time are delicious but sometimes can be horrible…
First he made some blue drink that we only had a gulp of before we sentenced it to the kitchen sink. Next up was Spillolja (“Oil spill”)… Does that sound like something that you would voluntarily drink? No, I don’t think so… But actually it was quite nice; Coca Cola, Blue Curacao and Cream. Except for the fact that the drink separates really bad…
It looks just like… oil spill…or something worse, just take a look at the above photo. Andreas has actually worked as a bartender and when he ordered this drink on a night out with us last summer, the waiter didn’t think that we would actually drink it as it looks terrible. At least this time we didn’t drink “Monkey Brain” that consists of Sambuca, Campari and Baileys which clash and get the look of… yes monkey brain… Instead of Monkey Brain, Andreas invented a new drink yesterday called “The immigrant” containing banana liqueur and swedish nyponsoppa (rose hip soup), actually rather nice tasting.
We had a great time and we even played or actually sang the karaoke game Singstar (for PS2). Singstar is a funny party game, especially if you like to sing (but who doesn’t after some blue drinks?).
Plum Pie with caramelized Almond Cream
(From the Swedish magazine “Allt om mat”)
180 gr flour
150 gr butter
3 tbsp sugar
300 gr almond past
100 g butter, room temperatured
2 tbsp flour
75 gr blanched an thinly sliced almonds
1.5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp butter
250 ml double cream
Combine the ingredients for the dough and roll it out. Press the dough over the bottom and sides of a tart pan. Place the pan in the fridge for 1 hour. Heat the oven to 200 °C and bake the crust for about 10 minutes.
Divide the plums into halves and remove the plum stones. Grate the almond paste and combine with the butter. Add an egg at a time and blend. Add the flour. Pour the filling into the crust and add the plum halves. Bake in the bottom part of the oven for about 30 minutes or until the filling becomes golden.
Roast the almonds either in the oven or in a dry frying pan, put aside. Melt sugar and lemon juice in a frying pan. Add the almonds when the sugar is golden. Blend the almonds until all of them are covered with caramel. Add butter and blend. The butter makes the almonds to separate easier from each other. Let the almonds cool.
Chop the almonds and whip the cream. Combine the whipped cream with the almonds. Put some icing sugar on the pie and serve it lukewarm with the almond cream.