Pecheni yabalki (baked apples) – bulgarian recipe _ 196 flavors

While I was preparing for the menu of my next cooking class this coming Sunday, I looked for a traditional Bulgarian dessert recipe, and I stumbled upon baked apples also known as pecheni yabalki (Печени ябълки) in Bulgarian!

It was not so easy to find a typical Bulgarian recipe as several desserts are known throughout the region such as baklava (Баклава) or have been imported like creme caramel (Крем Карамел) although it has become a classic of Bulgarian tables!

So I went with baked apples, as they are as delicious as easy to prepare!

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – Welch proverb, 1860s

Apples have always had religious and mythological significance and importance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek as well as European Christian traditions.

For example, although the forbidden fruit that Eve eats in the Book of Genesis is not identified, it has mostly been represented as an apple. Bulgarian food in chicago Actually, one of the reasons for this interpretation is that the word “apple” was used as a generic term for all foreign fruits, other than berries, until the 17th century.


There is also some confusion between the Latin words malum (apple) and malum (evil). Bulgarian food europe The tree of the forbidden fruit is called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” in the Book of Genesis, and the Latin for “good and evil” is bonum et malum. Bulgarian food dishes Yes, very confusing indeed!

Also, we are three weeks away from the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana, where Jews have the tradition of dipping apples in honey. Bulgarian food co uk Why not prepare this easy fall recipe this year?

The current worldwide production of apples is about 80 million tons, with China accounting for 49% of the total. Bulgarian food chicago It is therefore not surprising that the apple tree first originated not too far in Central Asia. Bulgarian food bank Today, you can actually still find the ancestor of the wild apple tree ( Malus sieversii) in the region, mainly in southern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Xinjiang, China. Bulgarian food and drink prices Behind China, other current large producers include the United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.

There are currently more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, that are cultivated for various uses, including cooking, eating raw and producing cider. Bulgarian food and drink Varieties that are cultivated for raw consumption are called dessert or table apples. Bulgarian food Apples can also be canned or juiced. Bulgarian elections 2016 The juice can even be fermented to produce hard cider and vinegar. Bulgarian elections 2014 The cider can then be used to make alcoholic beverages such as American applejack, French Calvados and German Apfelwein. Bulgarian elections 2009 Other apple byproducts include apple seed oil and pectin, which is often used in the making of jams and jellies.

Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists in the 17th century. Bulgarian elections The first apple orchard on the North American continent was planted in Boston by the first European settler in the area, Reverend William Blaxton in 1625.

The first record of a recipe for baking apples is believed to date from the 1685 edition of London cookbook “ The Accomplisht Cook“. Bulgarian easter food The recipe called for peeled, cored and quartered apples that were baked in claret wine, citron, candied oranges, and sugar.

The first version of whole baked apples appeared in the 1784 edition of another London cookbook called “The Art of Cookery, made plain and easy”.

In the United States, New England has been known for its baked apple recipes. Bulgarian cuisine the best traditional recipes It is therefore not a surprise to find the first whole baked apple recipe published in 1832, in the Boston edition of “ The Cook’s Oracle“. Bulgarian christmas food Eventually, recipes with maple syrup started showing up in cookbooks in the mid 1940’s reminiscing about New England cooking.

As you can imagine, apples have been baked for probably as long as apples have been eaten, and it is therefore not a surprise to find this recipe, like the stuffed pepper recipe I prepared last week, in a number of countries throughout Europe and North America, and probably even beyond.

The Bulgarian version, pecheni yabalki, uses ingredients that are often found in baked apple recipes, including brown sugar and cinnamon, but the addition of walnuts make the recipe a little more unique.

There isn’t really one recipe for pecheni yabalki. Bulgarian association of food and drink industry Some only use honey, others just sugar. Bulgaria women’s national football team Some will add raisins soaked in brandy or water. Bulgaria prices for food and drink 2012 But the one common ingredient is walnut.

It was my son Elior’s birthday over Labor Day weekend. Bulgaria national football team results For the occasion, we went to Julian, California, a quaint little city in the mountains an hour east of San Diego. Bulgaria national football team Julian happens to be famous for its apples and apple pies. Bulgaria food and drink prices 2015 And since it was the beginning of apple season, we went apple picking. Bulgaria food and drink prices 2014 I came back with so many apples and pears that I was happy to find an apple-based recipe for our Bulgarian month!

I served those pecheni yabalki warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side covered with a drizzle of the rich sauce on top… needless to say the kids loved them… and we did too!

This recipe is validated by our Bulgarian culinary expert Ivo Piskov, author of Bulgarian online culinary guide Find BG Food.

In a bowl, mix butter and sugar, then add walnuts and cinnamon. Bulgaria food and drink prices Place the cored apples in a baking dish. Bulgaria food and drink Fill the apples with the mixture.

Drizzle honey on top of the apples. Best bulgarian restaurants in sofia Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

Mike is “the devil” of the 196 flavors’ duo. Best bulgarian restaurant sofia Nicknamed as such by his friends, he is constantly in search of unusual recipes and techniques with impossible to find ingredients. Best bulgarian restaurant in london The devil is always pushing the envelope, whether it is with humor or culinary surprises.

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