Five Christmas bakes from the inventor of the Cronut

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 … Continue reading Five Christmas bakes from the inventor of the Cronut

Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse

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 … Continue reading Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse

Arrack rolls or vacuum cleaners – Punschrullar eller dammsugare

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 … Continue reading Arrack rolls or vacuum cleaners – Punschrullar eller dammsugare

Apple and almond tart – Äppeltarte med mandelfyllning och tosca

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 … Continue reading Apple and almond tart – Äppeltarte med mandelfyllning och tosca

Lucia saffron buns – Lussekatter

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 … Continue reading Lucia saffron buns – Lussekatter

Almond Madeleines – Madeleinekakor med mandel

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. Ingredients 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter 1 tbsp maple syrup or another dark syrup … Continue reading Almond Madeleines – Madeleinekakor med mandel