Friday, September 26, 2003


I know it sounds like an eating disorder, but bolema is a Portuguese apple cake. It is all appley and cinnamony and this is my version of it.

for the dough:
500g plain flour
1 sachet yeast
pinch of salt
60g sugar
50g butter
1/4 litre tepid milk

for the rest:
two or three apples, quartered and sliced very finely (as in a french apple tart)
250g sugar (more or less, depending on the tartness of the apples.

mix and knead the dough as normal bread dough, leave to rise for an hour, knock it back (now turn on the oven to 200ÂșC). Split into two halves. Roll out the first piece to fit a baking tin (about 20x30cm) lined to the top edges with greaseproof/bake o glide/whatever (basically cos it's easier than bothering greasing the thing).

Onto the rolled out dough sprinkle about 50g of sugar and a little cinnamon. Then lay on the apple slices, so that they overlap (just like a french apple tart!) until they cover the base, though leaving about 1 cm around the edges uncovered. Sprinkle on about 150g of sugar this time, and about a teaspoon of cinnamon. (more sugar if apples are really tart).

Then roll out the remaining dough to the same size, press down onto the apples and seal at the edges to close off the apples. Sprinkle on some more sugar and cinnamon on top. When the oven is hot, bake for 25-35 mins. Slice up and eat.


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