Monday 27 August 2012

Karlaby Kro's Swedish Berry Pie

I love travelling abroad and experiencing new countries and cultures. I am not one for a 'brits abroad' holiday as laying on a beach or around the pool for most of the day is not my idea of a holiday. When I travel, I want to immerse myself in the culture, traditions and cuisine of a country, rather than visiting somewhere which is essentially the same as the UK, (and to quote Peter Kay) "but you've got the weather".

As my purse strings are not infinite, I am yet to travel to all of the wonderful places in the world that I would like to visit. However, even though I cannot visit lots of new countries, I am always keen to learn about different cultures and cuisine and am often on the look out for new dishes to taste.

Recently I discovered the Sunvil Supper Club. Sunvil are a holiday company who encourage travellers to "find the real country" - something which I am a big fan of. They have just started a new Supper Club, and each month, they will be sharing a recipe from different cuisines around the world, complete with the history of the dish and recipe cards so that readers can make the dish at home. Last month they featured Baklava from Crete, and this month they are featuring Swedish Berry Pie - a genuine exclusive in-house dish from the Karlaby Kro Hotel in Skane, Sweden where they use fresh ingredients from local suppliers. The hotel collects their own berries from Ingelstorp, although us brits may have to settle for a trip to a pick your own or the the local supermarket to source ours.


Sunvil kindly sent me the ingredients to make a Swedish Berry Pie of my own. I was sent blueberries and strawberries along with the other ingredients, and a recipe card to help me along. The pie is extremely quick and easy to make. All you have to do is place the berries in the bottom of the pie dish, then make the crumble topping and sprinkle it over the top and bake. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a great summer dessert. I really enjoyed eating this Swedish Berry Pie. The crumble topping resembles a traditional british crumble, but has a lighter, less nutty texture and taste. We made this dish for lunch before we left to travel abroad and so the pictures I took don't really do this dish justice, but it really is a wonderful dish and can be whipped up so quickly that serving it will make you look like a real professional in the kitchen. I love that it is vegetarian, and that the topping is so easy to prepare, so you don't have to be handy with a rolling pin to make it, as you do with other pies. I will be making this dish again, probably with a glut of delicious autumn blackberries or gooseberries.  I will also hopefully travel to Sweden one day to experience a traditional Swedish Berry Pie in it's country of origin! If you would like to have a go at making the dish (and why wouldn't you?) you can find full instructions on the Sunvil Website

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