“Žemlovka” may look hard to pronounce, but it’s definitely easy to enjoy for anyone who fancies apple-cinnamon pie or bread pudding.
What’s so special about it?
Žemlovka (pronunciation) is a healthy snack, dessert or even a meal that many children love; it’s very easy to make. Since we’re using bread rolls or baguettes (you can opt for whole wheat, too), we don’t have to make dough, which makes prep time short and fun, even for kids. It’s really just the alternate layering of all ingredients in a casserole dish. And since we’re using apples and sweet raisins, you’re in charge of the added sugar amount. Cottage cheese and milk provide important calcium and vitamin D, and fruit supplies vitamin C and many important minerals.
Ingredients (yields about 4 dinner or 8 dessert servings):
- 12 Kaiser Rolls or 3 baguettes (day or two old to better absorb liquid)
- 2.5 cups milk (lukewarm)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 large apples, shredded
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F (200C). Grease casserole dish or dutch oven dish.
- Cut rolls into 1/2 inch slices. Dip bread slices into warm milk one by one and make a single layer on the bottom of casserole dish.
- Mix cottage cheese with raisins and layer it on top of bread. Then spread shredded apples on top of cottage cheese mix. Sprinkle with tablespoon of sugar and cinnamon. Repeat again with the same layers, and top with bread layer.
- Put bread pudding in oven for 20 minutes.
- Beat egg whites with powdered sugar and vanilla until they form the stiff peaks of a meringue.
- Remove bread pudding from the oven. Cover it with layer of meringue and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until the meringue looks done.
- Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve warm. You can also refrigerate and serve as a cold dessert.