Tag: Swedish Food

Chokladbollar – Chocolate Ball Recipe For Chokladbollens Dag

Friday 11th May (fredag elfte maj) is chokladbollens dag….yes, that’s right, they have a whole day dedicated to eating chokladbollar (chocolate balls)!  The longer I live here, the more I feel this country is the perfect place for my sweet tooth to have taken residence.  It seems there is always a yummy treat to spend a day officially celebrating!  We have celebrated cinnamon bun day, “Fat Day” with semlor buns, and waffle day.  Now it is time for chocolate ball day.  So, in order to show we were integrating well into Swedish culture and life, we whizzed up a batch of these no-bake treats (like we really needed a reason!!).  Give them a go and tell me what you think.

So what do you need to make this gooey treat for chokladbollens dag?

Ingredients for Chokladbollar:

250g soft butter

400g rolled oats

175g caster sugar

4 tbs cocoa powder

4 tbs strong cooled coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

desiccated coconut

This made around 30 balls, but I think it should easily reach 40-50 if you don’t have a 10 year old chocoholic deciding the size of them 🙂

Method To Make Chokladbollar

  1. Whizz all the ingredients together, apart from the coconut.
  2. Pop into the fridge to allow them to go a little firmer.
  3. Once firm, roll into small balls, and then roll each ball into the desiccated coconut to cover it.
  4. They should keep in the fridge for around a week….ahem….if you haven’t got me living with you!!

These are very easy and quick to make, and perfect for little people who enjoy “helping” in the kitchen.  Although to be fair my little lady is actually a help now, rather than a hindrance.  As for the twins……….!!!!

 

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Våffeldagen – A Day Of Eating Waffles

Våffeldagen is a whole day in Sweden dedicated to eating waffles….nom nom!  It is Sunday 25th March this year.  It is another way of celebrating the start of spring after the cold dark winter here in Sweden.  The name originally comes from “Vårfrudagen” meaning our lady’s day, which is on the same day, but said in a poorly articulated way, can be mistaken for Våffeldagen.

On Våffeldagen you make waffles and serve them with fruit jams, cream, cheese, or fresh fruit.  We have a special Scandinavian heart shaped waffle iron to make ours.  Try our simple recipe below for some lovely tasting waffles, and you can also see how we have cooked campfire waffles using the same recipe 🙂

Ingredients For Waffles:

3 dl plain flour

2 x eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

3 tsp butter

1 tsp cardamom

3 dl milk

Method For Making Waffles:

  1. Mix the sugar and butter well.
  2. Measure out the wet and remaining dry ingredients.
  3. Add a little of each alternatively to the bowl, making sure it is all mixed in well with no lumps, before adding more.
  4. Warm up your waffle iron and grease as needed. Then ladle in the mixture to cook the waffles.

We then serve them up while still warm.  Coffee is very good with them 🙂

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Pepparkakor – Make A Swedish Winter Biscuit

Pepparkakor are everywhere throughout winter, at every celebration, end of swimming lessons, scouts’ Christmas party, or stockpiled in your cupboards.  Usually accompanied by a very welcome mug of glögg (mulled wine), these thin festively spicy biscuits are very moorish.  Try our recipe and let me know how you get on in the comments below.

These lovely little innocuous Swedish biscuits have a very unique taste with a small amount of fire, and something you can’t quite put your finger on.  It’ll be the presence of the cardamom, a spice that is put in a lot of baking in Scandinavia and gives things a very individual taste.  So, unless you want to head to your nearest Ikea (if you live in the UK), pop on your pinafore and get baking these delicious pepparkakor – I challenge you not to scoff the lot!!

Pepparkakor Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cardamom

150g butter

250g sugar

50g light syrup (for UK use normal syrup)

20g dark syrup (for UK use treacle)

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

100ml water

450g plain flour

Pepparkakor Method:

  1. Mix butter, sugar, and syrups in a pan, and heat gently until the butter melts.
  2. Turn the mixture off and add in all the spices (cardamon, ginger, and cinnamon).
  3. Add in the baking powder.
  4. Add water
  5. Add flour.
  6. Put it all into a bowl once it is mixed well.  Leave it to rest at least overnight but up to a week if possible (we did a few days and all was well).  Cover it when it has cooled.
  7. When you are ready, roll it quite thin 1-2mm and cut the shapes in with cutters that you fancy (we did Elk and hearts).
  8. Cook at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 mins (you need to watch them!!)

Let them cool on a wire rack and then see how long the batch lasts!!  Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below how it went and if they were gobbled down 🙂Peppakakor - Make A Swedish Winter Biscuit, Peppakakor, Ginger Biscuit, Biscuit, Swedish Biscuit, Christmas Biscuit, Swedish Food, www.mammasschool.co.uk

 

 

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