Karin's midsummer cake
Celebrate Midsummer with Karins Midsommartåra (Karin's Midsummer Cake)! It's a delicious treat for everyone with a sweet tooth!
Karin Fürst, who will be 90 in August, always bakes this delicious cake for Midsummer! And no wonder: it is such a treat, so why change a winning formula!
Essentialy the cake consists of three layers: a meringue base with some Rice Krispies added for a little snap, crackle and pop, a layer of homemade custard and a layer of whipped cream garnished with fresh strawberries. Serve with plenty of freshly picked strawberries for a fabulous treat. More…
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Rhubarb and ginger jam
Rabarbmarmelad med ingefära
If you have got lots of rhubarb in your garden now, try our recipe for rabarbermarmelad med ingefära (rhubarb and ginger jam). It is actually more like a pickle or a chutney and goes well with cheese, but it is also good on bread for breakfast. More...
Elderflower cordial (syrup)
Now is the perfect time to pick some elderflowers to make fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial/syrup). Use it as the basis for some fantastic cocktails (alcoholic or otherwise) or to flavour cakes, desserts and jams.
It’s best to harvest elderflowers when they are a rich, creamy colour before they turn white. Ideally, pick the flowers early on a dry day before the sun hits them and their aroma starts to fade. Look for flower heads with buds that are fully open, but not turning brown. Snip off the whole umbrellas and place them gently in a bag. The pollen contributes to the taste so transport them carefully. For maximum effect they should be used within a couple hours of picking.
One of my favourite elderflower desserts is marinerade jordgubbar med fläderblomsparfait (marinated strawberries with elderflower parfait) which is easy to prepare and looks good enough to serve on any occasion! More…
Cold poached salmon
Kall inkokt lax
Kall inkokt lax (cold poached salmon) is a summer classic in Sweden. A hot spiced marinade is poured over the fish which is then cooked for a short time and then left to cool slowly until cold. It is normally served with new potatoes tossed in finely chopped dill. More…
If you are treating yourself to some lovely asparagus then it is worth spending ten minutes making a bowl of delicious mayonnaise. Sure, good shop-bought mayo is fine most of the time, but because it has to be pasteurised, it'll never match the creamy delicacy of homemade mayonnaise. And don't worry, it isn't difficult, although it does need a little patience. More…
Steak on a plank
Swedes nearly always serve plankstek with pommes duchesse, bearnaise sauce, grilled or stuffed tomatoes and asparagus or French beans wrapped in bacon. With asparagus and tarragon now in season, why not give it a try? More…
Strawberry cream cake
Gräddtårta med jordgubbar
Strawberry cake with elderflower cream
Jordgubbstårta med fläderkräm
Jordgubbstårta med fläderkräm (strawberry cake with elderflower cream) is one of my favourite summer cakes. Essentially it is a light and airy fatless sponge filled with a lovely elderflower custard and sliced strawberries and then topped with whipped cream.
Look out for wild strawberries, called smultron in Swedish, which are beginning to ripen now. You will need to be very lucky to find more than a handful, but that will be enough to make an interesting and attractive garnish. More…
White sourdough bread
Try our delicious white sourdough bread recipe! It produces consistently good bread and, if you have never baked any sourdough before, there are lots of photos to help you ensure that even your first loaf will look beautiful and taste fantastic! More…
With a glut of lovely pink spring rhubarb in many gardens, now is the perfect time to make some delicious rhubarb trifles. Each one consists of five layers:
• a base of savioardi biscuits (cookies) flavoured with orange,
• a lovely homemade vanilla custard,
• a layer of ginger cookies,
• a layer of baked rhubarb with strawberries, and finally,
• a topping made from yoghurt and mascarpone, flavoured with vanilla.
A fabulous spring trifle for a special lunch or a party dessert. More…
Seeded rye bread
Rågbröd med frön
Rågbröd (rye bread) is very popular in Sweden. When thinly sliced it is perfect with cheese or topped with salmon or prawns. This version uses sunflower seeds and golden linseed as well as cracked rye and wheat to give it a fabulous nutty texture. It’s a really tasty loaf to be enjoyed slowly! Don’t worry it is not dry, it keeps well and it has a fabulous dark crust. More…
Asparagus and smoked salmon tart
Sparrispaj med rökt lax
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Distinctive features of Swedish food
Swedish food has a growing reputation across the world. For instance, Jamie Oliver described Swedish food as "Big, bold, brave and definitely up there with the best in the world". But what makes Swedish food distinctive? Check-out our guide…
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I am are gradually producing a Swedishfoodpedia. Essentially this is a series of articles about food related events in Sweden and Swedish ingredients, especially those that might not be familiar to most readers. I have already assembled articles on many topics including:
• cloudberries (wonderful golden berries that grow in the north of Sweden),
• fika (a "proper" Swedish coffee break),
• lingon (lingonberries, an essential accompaniment to many Swedish dishes),
• surströmming (stinky fermented herring),
• Västerbottensost (the king of Swedish cheeses),
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