Monday 31 August 2015

Swiss Apple Roesti

Knowledge about food and food habits of specific regions intrigue me in a special way. My interest invariably lies in the understanding of the dessert of a particular region. The more I dig into it the more I realize that it such a vast area of interest, one which personally I am a big fan of. I keep hunting for dessert ideas from different countries and love to try them out in my humble kitchen. 
Swissotel, Kolkata had invited KFB for their Swiss National Day celebrations some time back. Celebration of such sorts are a great learning experience for us where we are exposed to authentic taste of the dishes and are educated about some traditional dishes from the region. We had the grand opportunity to have GM Mr Marco Saxer and Executive chef Mr Pranay Singh sit with us and talk about Swiss Food. Along with some other dishes discussed what enthralled me was the description of this dish called Swiss Apple Roesti. Mr Saxer was very particular about having this dessert on the menu and found a video on Youtube to help the chef make it. 
All of us were stunned by the simplicity and the flavours of this dessert. Crispy chunks of bread with apple pieces sauteed in French butter with a beautiful hint of cinnamon was truly a winner dessert for all of us. We were told that the French butter was specially imported for this dessert. It was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the dessert was drizzled with some vanilla sauce. 
I instantly knew that I just had to try this dessert at home. The high end French butter was replaced with the dairy white butter which is unsalted. Good quality red apples were bought for it especially and a loaf of brown bread was kept for 2 days to make it stale. The entire process takes hardly 5 minutes because all you need to do is throw in a large chunk of butter in the pan and get your bread crisped in it. Add in the chopped apples, sugar and cinnamon and you are done. 
The video is a must watch for the detailed and hilarious take on the traditional Swiss dessert. 
Recipe adapted from here : FX cuisine on Youtube

Ingredients : For 2 servings
  • 1 apple
  • 2 slices bread (stale) (I used brown bread)
  • 50 gms white butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar(or more)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder(or less)
  • handful of pomegranate kernels 
Procedure : 
Cut bread into bite sized squares.
Chop apples in bite size too after removing the seed and with the skin on.
Take butter in a pan and as it melts add the bread. Let it get crisp from both sides which can take 4-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the chopped apples and the powdered sugar. 
Mix in the cinnamon powder.
Sprinkle the pomegranate kernels on top and serve with vanilla ice cream. 

Happy Roesti Relishing


  1. very simple. will make this for the kids evening snacks. otherwise its becoming such a pain to make them eat apples these days.

    1. It indeed is super simple. Let me know if the kids enjoyed.



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