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! Glögg is the Swedish version of mulled wine, but it is not quite the same as mulled wine in other countries as… Read More Mulled wine – Glögg
Christmas has always been exciting for Dominique Ansel. Growing up in the small city of Beauvais, an hour north of Paris, he experienced it as period of plenty in an otherwise lean existence. “My family didn’t have much,” he recalls. “My dad used to work in a factory and there wasn’t always a lot of… Read More Five Christmas bakes from the inventor of the Cronut
This creamy potato and fish gratin is called Janssons frestelse in Swedish, which means Jansson’s temptation (apostrophes don’t exist in Sweden). The origin of the dish is not entirely clear as there are are a couple of theories. One is that it was named for a food-loving opera singer from the early 1900s, called Mr Janzon (his… Read More Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse
Punschrullar (arrack rolls) are also known as dammsugare (vacuum cleaners). They are made from left over cake and so would be very economic if it wasn’t for the fact that the other ingredients are not cheap! They are known as punschrullar because they are flavoured with Swedish punsch, sometimes called Sweden’s national drink. Punsch, which… Read More Arrack rolls or vacuum cleaners – Punschrullar eller dammsugare
Swedes have hundreds of recipes for different types of apple tart. Äppeltarte med mandelfyllning och tosca is one of my favourites! Essentially it consists of three layers: a wonderful buttery pastry case, a soft almond filling and a thin crisp toffee-apple and almond topping. The original recipe was by Maud Onnermark, one of my favourite… Read More Apple and almond tart – Äppeltarte med mandelfyllning och tosca
Lussekatter (Lucia saffron buns) are eaten on December 13th to celebrate Lucia (the patron Saint of Light). 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… Read More Lucia saffron buns – Lussekatter
Madeleinekakor med mandel (almond madeleines) are delightful little cakes with a lightly crisped outside and a soft squidgy centre. They go well with coffee, ice cream and other desserts. Although originally French they have become very popular in Sweden too.