Drömmar — Swedish dream cookies

Drömmar — Swedish dream cookies

“Coffee, black as the soul, and some crushed dreams.” That café order should be enough to write you off as a lunatic. But in Sweden, you’ll just sound dramatic (and a bit high-maintenance — can’t you break up the cookies yourself?). In any case, it should hopefully...
A most popular red currant cake

A most popular red currant cake

This simple red currant cake is one of the recipes I’ve been asked for and shared the most. If you like the sticky chocolate cake called kladdkaka, consider this the pale version. It has a deliciously chewy texture and you’ll have it ready in no time. So,...
Swedish Budapest roll — but is it Hungarian?

Swedish Budapest roll — but is it Hungarian?

The Budapest roll is a classic at Swedish cafés. Here, it is known as Budapestbakelse, Budapestrulle, or Budapestlängd. A traditional version consists of a hazelnut meringue filled with whipped cream and preserved mandarin slices. Nowadays, some bakeries and bakers...
Swedish Almond Caramel Cake— Tosca cake (Toscakaka)

Swedish Almond Caramel Cake— Tosca cake (Toscakaka)

Passionate love, jealousy, desire, hatred, betrayal, and murder. Is that what leant its name to the Swedish Tosca cake? We’ll take a look at that soon. Because who can resist this Swedish almond caramel cake, known in Sweden as toscakaka? Well, not me anyway....
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...