Sweet rusks with cardamom

Sweet rusks with cardamom

I’m afraid we’re once again the department for undeservedly forgotten cookies. Because the sweet rusk is definitely a member of that sad club. Small, pale, maybe with a hint of cardamom. It may not be that surprising that the humble sweet rusks have had to...
Finnish sticks — a very Swedish cookie?

Finnish sticks — a very Swedish cookie?

Is it not weird how one small detail in a recipe can reveal so much about the time in which it was written? The thought hit me as I was sprinkling chopped almonds over the tray of the shortbread cookie Finnish sticks, or “finska pinnar”. I had to chop up a...
Semla — the mighty Swedish Lenten bun

Semla — the mighty Swedish Lenten bun

The Swedish Lenten bun is mostly known as a semla — or semlor in plural. You may know it by its other, more sinister name: Kingslayer. “Fat Tuesday should be prohibited and the Lenten bun forcibly expelled from Sweden, as it has committed regicide”. At least that’s...
Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

One of the favorite topics for rants in Sweden nowadays seems to be the Swedish postal system. Not without cause, but that kind of complaint is far from new. In 1918, a reader writes to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, complaining about thefts in the postal system. The...
Swedish saffron buns for St Lucy’s Day

Swedish saffron buns for St Lucy’s Day

What’s the best way to lure in new visitors? With saffron buns, of course. Or, lussekatter, as we often call them in Sweden. At least, that’s the trick that Skansen pulled when it wanted to establish its new Christmas market in 1906.  You see, the...