Glögg is an essential part of the lead up to Christmas in Sweden with glögg parties are held throughout Advent. Indeed many Swedes attend two or three glögg parties every weekend in December! Outside of Sweden glögg parties are less common, but why not make some glögg (it's very easy) and invite your neighbours and enjoy the lead up to Christmas the Swedish way! More…
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If you are planning to visit the Christmas markets in Stockholm then checkout our guide to the three most popular markets. More…
December 13th was originally thought to be the shortest day of the year and is still the date chosen in Sweden to celebrate the return of lighter days. The celebrations are one of the highlights of the Swedish calendar and the Saint Lucia procession is truly magical, so do try and see one if you can.
Saffron is the world's most expensive spice, more expensive than gold! Although you don't need much, less than half a gram, it is still something of a treat so is best reserved for Advent and Christmas. Indeed, in most supermarkets in Sweden saffron is not on display, but kept under lock and key at the checkout.
We have three lussekatter recipes to choose from, although they produce similar results. The first recipe uses a stand-mixer (such as a kMix or a KitchenAid), which I recommend following if you have one because it is easier to produce lovely soft and buttery lussekatter. The second recipe uses melted butter, which makes it easier if you are making the dough by hand. The third is a lower fat version using Quark. More…
One of my favourite treats during Advent is to enjoy a saffranskrans (a saffron bread wreath) over a leisurely breakfast or for supper with a glass or two of glögg. This version is filled with orange peel and raisins and garnished with almond flakes (slivers) and pearl sugar. The wreaths freeze well, so if one wreath is too big for you, cut it into segments and freeze them to enjoy later. More…
Advent in Sweden
Swedes love festivals, decorating their houses, eating special foods and the associated rituals. Not only do they love festivals, they are very good at organising them. Naturally then Swedes love Advent. It is a time when they bask in the warm glow of candles and Advent stars so that everything starts to look Christmassy, especially if it is covered in a blanket of snow. More…
Pepparkakor (gingersnaps) are a traditional Swedish Christmas treat. They are usually served plain, but children often like them with some icing (frosting) on. The mixture is best made a week or so in advance and left to mature in a fridge, but 24 hours will do if you are short of time. More…
Decorating a pepparkakshus (gingerbread house) is now considered an essential part of the build-up to Christmas in Sweden, but was only adopted fairly recent. The idea came to Sweden from Germany in the 1880s, when the Brothers Grimm fairy tales with the story "Hansel and Gretel" began to be read in wealthy bourgeois homes, mainly in the cities. It quickly became popular and so these days most families with children will build at least one pepperkakshus. Of course, you can buy gingerbread house kits, but it is much more fun to make your own so I hope you will give it a go. More…
If you are feeling adventurous, why not try designing your own template?! For inspiration, checkout some of the entries in the annual pepparkakshus tävling (gingerbread house competition) organised by ArkDes (The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design). Entrants are divided into three categories:
• Professional architects, designers and bakers,
• Children up to 12 years old,
• All other bakers.
All the entries are fantastic with the best put on public exhibition at ArkDes, so if you are in Stockholm when the exhibition is open try and find time to visit. Visitors can also vote for their favourite entry in each category. More…
Sourdough bread in 3 days
Surdegsbröd på 3 dagar
This is my favourite white sourdough recipe! Three days may seem a long time before you actually have anything to eat, but I think the wait is worth it!
Essentially the method is the same as the "one-day" method, but the dough is refrigerated a couple of times, which improves the flavour slightly and makes the dough easier to handle. I particularly recommend this method if:
• You want freshly baked bread on a day when you are busy most of the day,
• You want freshly baked sourdough bread for lunch,
• Your kitchen is too hot, so you are worried about your dough being over-proved,
• You have had difficulties getting consistent results with the "one-day" method.
The disadvantages of this method are that you need to find space for the dough in your fridge and, of course, you've got to plan ahead! 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…
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Our calendar for 2016 includes details of all the röda dagar (red days or public holidays) in 2016. We wish all our readers a successful and enjoyable 2016. More…
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…
We have compiled a list of what we consider to be our Top 50 Classic Recipes. No two people are likely to agree completely on what should be included, but we hope you will approve of most of our choices!
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),
Many other articles are in the pipeline, but if there is anything you would like to know more about please let me know. To read existing articles click here.
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