Friday, June 4, 2010

Apfelschmalz - a typical German bread spread

Typical German Bread Spread: Apfelschmalz
© All rights reserved, Thorsten Kraska, 2010

Apfelschmalz (if you like to translate it: apple lard) is one of those typical and rustic bread spreads you will have for what is called 'Brotzeit', which is a snack with a rustic bread and often beer. Apfleschmalz is fruity and the sweet notes of the apples are great with the salty lard and the onions. Good things ofetn come the easy way.

(serve with rustic bread)
1 apple (a more sour variety)
2 onions
150g lard
4 sprigs thyme
5 sage leaves
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice

Cut the onions in not too small pieces. Heat lard on medium high heat and add the onions. Lett cook on medium high heat until the onions get a light golden brown. While cooking stir ferquently.

Meanwhile peel the apple and cut into small pieces. Drizzle lemon juice over the apple pieces to avoid browing. Bind the herbs together. When onions have a nice golden color, drain the apples. Add the herbs and apple pieces to the lard and let cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Then remove the herbs and add some salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and fill into jar. Keep it in the fridge.

Serve it with some rustic bread, salt and pepper. I suggest a glass of beer.

On the photo
A composition based on the two diagonal lines. The ascending diagonal line (from lower left to upper right) is made by the slice of bread, the jar, and the bread in the back. The opposite diagonal line (descending line from upper left to lower line) is made by the orientation of the little board, the knife, and the top slice of bread with the spread on it. Almost every element in th ephoto has the orientation in one or the other diagonal line, except for the bread crumbs on right side. I kept the photo in a more monochromatic color setting. The lighting: main light source is coming from right side (a near window). I use a white bounce on lower left side to reflect some light back on the spread to get it brighter. Another bounce at the distance in upper left to brighten the shaded area a bit. Postprocessing: just some color adjustments and highpass filter.


Unknown said...

What a lovely recipe. I actually have a boat load of caramelized onions on hand and was planing to make a tart filling using almost these same ingredients. Great minds think alike now if they could only photograph alike too then I'd move along a lot faster with getting professional pictures like you. Love the recipe and the pics

Thorsten said...

Thanks so much Wizzy for the compliment. Would like to see your photos on this.

Mika said...

I'm always looking for new spread ideas...this is wonderful, just I have to change it a little bit because I'm vegetarian, but the idea is great...
I read your blog and now I have 23 new recipes to try! wow!

Thorsten said...

Thanks Mika for stopping by. I don't know how to substitute the lard here by a vegetarian type of lard.

Ann said...

Great recipe & the photography is brilliant. Both are inspiring.

Unknown said...

:-) Trust me Thorsten - any attempts of mine would only pale in comparison

Darina said...

This looks delicious. And the combination of ingredients sounds wonderful, especially with the caramelized onions. I love spreads!