Gluten & Lactose Free Almond, Orange & Lavender Cake – Gluten & Laktosfri Mandel, Apelsin & Lavendel Kaka

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This cake was made by one of our close family friends Åsa, at first. We all fell in love with the cake and made it multiple times over the coming days. This cake is gluten AND lactose free, but so moist and delicious. It contains lots of eggs, which makes it fluffy, light and high. The glaze on the side can either be drizzled on the whole cake or served on the side. No matter what you do, this cake can’t fail. It’s not so exact and it’s not about making it perfect. It’s about the result being delicious. The original recipe comes from Eric Landlard and this is my take on it!

Recipe / Recept

1.7 cups of canola oil / 4 dl solrosolja 

350g of minced almonds / 350 g mald sötmandel

1. 5 of sugar / 3.5 dl socker

3 tbsp of baking powder / 3 tsk bakpulver

8 eggs / 8 ägg

1 lemon / 1 citron

1 orange / 1 apelsin

2 tsp of lavender / 2 tsk lavendel 

For the glaze / Till såsen

juice from one lemon and one orange / juice från en citron och en apelsin

0.2 cups of water / 1.2 dl socker

2 tsp cinnamon / 2 tsk kanel

1. Preheat the oven to 340 F. / Sätt ugnen på 175 grader.

2. Mix together almonds, eggs and oil. / Blanda ihop mandel, ägg och olja.

3. Mix in sugar. / Blanda i socker.

4. Add zest from the orange and lemon. / Lägg i skal från apelsinen och citronen.

5. Mix in the lavender. / Blanda i lavendeln.

6. Brush the sides of a springform with oil. / Borsta sidorna av en form med olja.

7. Cover the bottom with a baking sheet. / Täck botten med ett bakplåtspapper.

8. Bake the cake for 55 min. / Grädda i 55 min.

9. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

10. Boil all the ingredients for the glaze together, when boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer for 3 min. / Blanda ihop alla ingredienser till glazen och koka upp. Sänk värmen och låt puttra i 3 min.

11. Done! / Klart!

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Vegan Mint Ice Cream – Vegansk Mintglass

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My favorite flavor of ice cream has always been mint. The kind you would buy in store is a lot of times white, but if you make it yourself, it’s always bright green! I love that it is so colorful, because it makes it appealing both visually and when you taste it. This vegan ice cream is super easy to make… If you have a good blender. Make sure to freeze the bananas at least 6 hours ahead, in order to get the most like ice cream texture.

Recipe (4) / Recept (4)

5 frozen bananas / 5 frozen bananas

2 plants of fresh mint / 2 krukor färsk mynta 

2 avocados / 2 avokados

1 small bag of fresh spinach / 1 liten påse bladspenat 

Chocolate for topping / Choklad till topping

1. Put everything in a mixer, mix until smooth (it will happen, just be patient.). / Lägg allt i en mixer och mixa tills glassen blivit slät (det tar lite tid, ha tålamod.).

2. Serve immediately and sprinkle with dark chocolate. / Servera direkt och toppa med choklad.

3. Done! / Klart!

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Strawberry Dessert Sallad with Pistachios and Balsamico – Efterrätts Sallad med Jordgubbar, Pistagenötter och Balsamico

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This is the season for Strawberries! This dessert sallad is delicious, fun and different! The pistachios and balsamico goes really well with the strawberries, and together the combo brings out loads of flavors! Easy, quick, summery and delicious.

Recipe / Recept 

Strawberries / Jordgubbar 

Physalis fruit (optional) / Physalis frukt (kan uteslutas) 

Balsamico / Balsamico 

Pistachios / Pistagenötter 

powdered sugar / florsocker 

1. Cut the strawberries and physalis in slices. / Skiva jordgubbar och physalis.

2. Sprinkle with pistachios, balsamico and powdered sugar. / Strö över pistagenötter, balsamico och florsocker.

3. Done! / Klart!

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The Greatest Cake of All Times – Den Bästa Tårtan genom Alla Tider

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There are a couple of things that never gets old. One of those things, is this cake. It has a soft sponge layered with banana and raspberries, covered in whipped cream and topped of with whatever’s in season. This time; raspberries.

Recept / Recipe

Botten (Går också att köpa färdiga) / Sponge

2 ägg / 2 eggs

2 dl socker / 0.8 cups of sugar

3 dl vetemjöl / 1.4 cups of flour

2 tsk bakpulver / 2 teaspoons of baking powder

2 tsk vaniljsocker / 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar

1 dl mjölk / 0.4 cups of milk

50 g smält smör / 1.75 ounces of butter

Fyllning / Filling 

2 bananer / 2 bananas

200 g hallon / 7 ounces of raspberries

Topping

3 dl vispgrädde / 1.4 cups of whipping cream

bär till garnering / berries for garnishing

1. Sätt ugnen på 175 grader. / Heat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

2. Vispa ägg och socker pösigt med elvisp. / Whisk egg and sugar until light yellow with a mixer.

3. Tillsätt alla torra ingredienser. / Add all the dry ingredients.

4. Lägg i en rund form, helst med löstagbara kanter och grädda i ca 40-50 min, stick i kakan för att se att den är klar. / Put the mixture in a preferably round baking thin with removable edges. Bake the cake for about 40-50 min, stick something in the cake to make sure it’s done.

5. Låt svalna och skär i tre lager. / Let cool and cut it in three layers.

6. Mosa banan och hallon separat. Ha lite socker i om du vill. / Mash banana and raspberries separately  Add some sugar if you want.

7. Vispa grädden ganska hårt. / Whisk the cream pretty hard.

8. Lägg en tårtbotten på ett fat, och lägg på mosad banan. Lägg på nästa lager och lägg på mosade hallon. Lägg på nästa lager och täck in hela tårtan i vispgrädde. / Put one layer cake on a plate and put the mashed banana on top. Put another layer of cake on top and put the mashed raspberries on top. Add the third layer of cake and cover it all in cream.

9. Garnera med färska bär! / Garnish with fresh berries!

10. Klart! / Done!

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Rainbow Pie – Regnbågspaj

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There’s a good trend going on within the food social media sphere. We’re celebrating the equal marriage rights in the US, and the colors are filling up both instagram and blogs! There’s no better thing to celebrate than love, and here’s my contribution to the celebrations! This is a fruit pie with a sour cream filling. Delicious, quick and easy. Adjust your toppings after what you like and have at home. Enjoy!

Recipe / Recept 

Piecrust / Pajdeg

200 g of butter / 200 g smör

2 cups of flour / 5 dl mjöl

0.2 cups of sugar / 1/2 dl socker

1/2 tsp baking powder / 1/2 tsk bakpulver

Filling / Fyllning

1.3 cups of Sour cream / 3 dl Creme Fraiche

1 tbsp vanilla / 1 msk vaniljsocker

0.8 cups of icing sugar / 2 dl florsocker

Garnish / Topping 

Fruit of different kinds / Frukt i alla dess former

1. Preheat the oven to 390 F. / Sätt ugnen på 200 grader.

2. Mix together all the ingredients to the pie crust. / Mixa ihop alla ingredienser till pajdegen.

3. Bake for 15-20 min, it should be a little golden. / Grädda i 15-20 min, den ska vara gyllene.

4. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

5. Mix together all the ingredients for the filling, make sure that you powder the sugar in. / Blanda alla ingredienser till fyllningen, sikta i sockret.

6. Spread on the pie crust. / Bred på fyllningen.

7. Garnish with fruit. / Garnera med frukt.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Peanut butter Chocolate Overload Brownies – Jordnötssmör och Choklad “overload” Brownies

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Reese’s is something that I’ve come to like over the past years that’s been spent in DC. The first time I tried it though, I was not so convinced at all. Mostly because they were so rich and a lot. But, a lot isn’t necessarily bad, but can be really good. My roommate found this recipe from Sally’s baking addition, and I had to try it, and, of course, spice it up a little. I went to the store and got both Reese’s pieces as well as mini peanut butter cups. Then I made the batters, added in Reese’s pieces in the chocolate batter, and chopped peanut butter cups to add on top. Let’s just say, these brownie’s aren’t for someone looking for a light pastry, but for someone looking to satisfy their extreme chocolate, candy, peanut butter and brownie cravings. The brownie turned out amazing, but it was so heavy! Like actually the physical weight. When I took it out of the oven I had to use both my hands (!!). Another remarkable thing was that the three layers I created turned into a swirl of chocolate and peanut butter mix which made the whole experience even better since it all mixed. Bottom line; the next time you get a huge sugar-card-chocolate craving – don’t hesitate that this will more than make you happy.

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Recipe / Recept 

Brownie batter / Brownie smet 

0.5 cups of butter / 115 g smör 

220 g of dark chocolate / 220 g mörk choklad

3/4 cups of sugar / 1.8 dl socker

1/4 cup of brown sugar / 0.6 dl muscovado socker

3 eggs / 3 ägg 

1 tsp of vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker

1/2 cup flour / 1.75 dl mjöl

3 tbsp of cacao powder / 3 msk kakao

a pinch of salt / 1 tsk salt 

Peanut butter batter / Jordnötssmör smet

3/4 cups of panutbutter / 1.8 dl jordnöttssmör

1 cup icing sugar / 2.5 dl florsocker

2 tbsp milk / 2 msk mjölk 

Garnish / Garnering 

Reese’s pieces / choklad och jordnöts chips 

Peanut butter cups

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. / Sätt ugnen på 175 grader.

2. Melt the butter and chocolate while stirring. / Smält choklad och socker samtidigt som du rör.

3. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

4. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for the peanut butter batter. / Under tiden, blanda alla ingredienser till jordnötssmör smeten.

5. Mix in egg and sugars into the chocolate mixture, beat until fluffy. / Blanda i ägg och socker i chokladmixen, vispa tills det är fluffigt.

6. Add in all other ingredients to the brownie batter while stirring. / Blanda i alla andra ingredienser till brownie smeten samtidigt som du rör.

7. Add in reese’s pieces to the brownie batter. / Lägg i reese’s pieces i brownie smeten.

8. Chop up the peanut butter cups. / Hacka peanut butter cupsen.

9. In a form, start with one layer brownie batter, then the peanut batter and then finish off with brownie batter. / I en form, bred ut brownie smet, sen jordnöts smet och sen brownie smet på toppen.

10. Add the peanut butter cups on top. / Strö över peanut butter cupsen.

11. Bake for 35 min. / Grädda i 35 min.

12. Let cool and then put it in the fridge for 2 hours. / Låt den svalna och kyl sedan i två timmar.

13. DONE! / KLART!

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Banana & Chocolate Semifreddo – Semifreddo med smak av Banan & Choklad

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This semifreddo is one of the easiest desserts to make! The base only calls for three ingredients. Into this batter I mixed in 4 bananans and a half dark chocolate bar, and made a chocolate crust. Topped with raspberries and strawberries the result was delicious! If you’re not too fond of banana, you can really mix anything you like into the batter – whatever you like will work!

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Recipe / Recept

Crust / Botten

1 package of double chocolate chip cookies / 1 paket chokladkakor

1 stick of butter / 100 g smör

Batter / Smet

2 cups of whipping cream / 5 dl grädde

3 egg whiter / 3 äggvitor

0.8 cups of sugar / 2 dl socker

4 bananas / 4 bananer

1/2 dark chocolate bar / 1/2 mörk chokladkaka

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. / Sätt ugnen på 175 grader.

2. Mix cookies and melted butter. / Mixa kakor och smält smör.

3. Push the dough out into a spring form. / Pressa ut degen i en springform.

4. Bake for 8 min. / Grädda i 8 min.

5. Whisk the egg whites to a hard foam. / Vispa äggvitorna till ett hårt skum.

6. Whisk the cream. / Vispa grädden.

7. Mix egg whites, cream and sugar. / Blanda ägg, grädde och socker.

8. Chop the chocolate and mix in mashed bananas and chocolate. / Hacka chokladen och blanda i mosad banan och choklad.

9. Pour the batter into the spring form. / Häll i smeten i formen.

10. Freeze for 5 hours or longer. / Frys i 5 timmar eller mer.

11. Top of with berries. / Toppa med bär.

12. Done! / Klart!

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Dark Chocolate Fudge with Seasalt – Mörk Choklad Fudge med Havssalt

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Here’s a recipe that takes you no more than 30 min and is PERFECT for your Christmas dessert table (maybe that’s just in Sweden, but perfect for dessert anyway…). This fudge only requires a few ingredients and is hard to fail when doing! Try it yourself.

Recipe / Recept 

1.25 cups of sugar / 3 dl socker 

1.25 cups of heavy whipping cream / 3 dl grädde

0.4 cups of light corn syrup / 1 dl ljus sirap 

2 tbsp of cacao powder / 2 msk kakao

1 dark (70% or higher) chocolate bar / 1 mörk (70% eller högre) chokladkaka

50 g of butter / 50 g smör

1 tsp of salt / 1 tsk salt

sea salt for sprinkling / havssalt för strössel

1. Bring sugar, cream, syrup and cacao powder to boil. / Koka upp socker, grädde, sirap och kakao.

2. Boil until thickened, this varies in time, but about 20 min. Try if it’s ready by dripping down some of the batter into a glas with ice cold water, if you can shape the batter – it’s ready. If not – let it boil for longer. / Koka tills smeten tjocknat, det kan ta olika lång tid, men ca 20 min. Prova om den är klar genom att droppa ner lite smet i ett glas med iskallt vatten. Om du kan forma smeten, är den klar – om inte, låt den fortsätta koka.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped chocolate, salt and butter. / Ta bort från värmen, rör i hackad choklad, salt och smör.

4. Pour into a brownie pan with parchment paper. / Häll i en ugnsform med bakplåtspapper.

5. Sprinkle with salt. / Toppa med salt.

6. Let cool in the fridge. / Låt svalna i kylen.

7. Cut in pieces. / Skär i bitar.

8. Done! / Klart!

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Lemon Sticky Cake with Lime Frosting – Citron Kladdkaka med Lime Frosting

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Sometimes, the world just calls for something pretty. I have a weird love for icing bags, and icing things in general. It’s one of my favorite things about baking, and I oftentimes try making something that can be iced (I’ve heard you can make cookies with an icing bag?!). However, I’ve lately seen multiple recipes circling around the blog sphere of Lemon Sticky Cake, basically a lemonbar without the crust. I’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t gotten around too. So, the other day when I realized I had a couple of lemons left that needed to be used before going bad, I was thrilled. And surprised. Wow, this cake was SO easy to make (honestly) and highly appreciated. As much as I love chocolate, it is nice to sometimes be able to switch it up, and this cake will definitely become my go to. But then, I realized, there was nothing to ice. So, I made a lime, cream cheese frosting to decorate it with, and used that as a substitute for serving it with whipped cream. I then went a little crazy with different sprinkles I found, just because sometimes you just need a cake that makes you happy. Again, there are multiple recipes on this cake – here’s my version. Enjoy!

Recipe / Recept

Cake / Kaka

3 small lemons / 3 små citroner

3 eggs / 3 ägg

1.5 sticks of butter / 150 gram smör

0.8 cups of flour / 2 dl mjöl

1.2 cups of sugar / 3 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker

Frosting / Frosting

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream / 0.75 dl vispgrädde

1 package of light cream cheese / 1 paket cream cheese light

1 cup icing sugar / 2.5 dl florsocker

3 limes, peel and juice / 3 lime, skal och saft

0.5 tsp vanilla / 0.5 tsk vaniljsocker

1. Preheat the over to 340 F. / Sätt ugnen på 175 grader.

2. Peel and juice the lemons. / Riv skalet och pressa saften från citronerna.

3. Melt the butter. / Smält smöret.

4. Remove from the heat. / Ta bort från plattan.

5. Mix in all other ingredients. / Blanda i alla andra ingredienser.

6. Bake in a spring form. / Grädda i en form med löstagbara kanter.

7. Bake for about 20 min. / Grädda ca 20 min.

8. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

9. Whisk the cream for the frosting. / Vispa grädden till frostingen.

10. Mix in all other ingredients. / Blanda i alla andra ingredienser.

11. Ice the cake. / Frosta kakan.

12. Done! / Klart!

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The day of Swedish Chocolate Cake – Kladdkakans Dag

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So, apparently it’s “kladdkakans” dag in Sweden tomorrow. A kladdkaka is a very gooey- brownielike chocolate cake that most Swedes can make without a recipe…. Still, there are so many variations of a kladdkaka and a fun cake to experiment with. On the blog, I’ve had multiple recipes and post variating my Kladdkaka, here’s a few for inspiration:

Anna-Carins Chocolate Tarte Deluxe / Anna-Carins Chokladtårta deluxe 

This is actually one of my all time (!) favorite posts on the blog… If you haven’t tried it yet you should.

Sticky Cake with Caramel / Kladdkaka med Knäcktäcke

Brownies with Dulce de Leche / Brownies med Dulce de Leche 

Banana Brownie / Banan Kladdkaka 

Chocolate Bombs / Choklad Bomber

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