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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Mini Nutella Thumbprint Cookies – Mini Nutella Kakor

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Last but not least on my cookie baking day I made these super tiny (and super cute) Nutella thumbprint cookies. These are super easy to make, and changes the game of thumbprint cookies that are usually filled with jam, and not chocolate. But, nonetheless to say, these are equally (if not more) delicious than normal thumbprint cookies. If you don’t have the patience to make mini one’s, you can just do normal sized one’s! No reason not to try them out!

Recipe / Recept 

1.8 sticks of butter / 200 g smör 

0.4 cups of sugar / 1 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker

1.6 cups of flour / 4 dl mjöl

1 tsp of baking powder / 1 tsk bakpulver

1 egg / 1 ägg

Nutella / Nutella

1. Preheat the oven to 430 F. / Sätt ugnen på 220 grader.

2. Mix all ingredients. / Blanda alla ingredienser.

3. Roll small balls and make a thumbprint in them. / Rulla små bollar och gör ett litet tumavtryck i dom.

4. Add some nutella to the small thumbprint in the cookies. / Lägg i nutella i de små hålen.

5. Bake for about 8 min. / Grädda i ca 8 min.

6. Done! / Klart!

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Jam & Cardamom Cookies – Sylt & Kardemumma Kakor

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And all of a sudden I’m at the end of my semester again. First week of school it always seems so far until the end, yet, every semester it goes by as quick. Thanksgiving break, a week of classes and then finals. This also means that this is the third semester I’m keeping up (well, at least trying to) with the blog – and I’m so happy I do. Even though it’s much harder to after 250+ posts invent new things, find the time amongst all other activities, and, maybe mostly, have the time to post it (I still have some posts since summer that are not yet up….). Here comes a recipe of Jam & Cardamom cookies. I love jam (or thumbprint) cookies, but these comes with a twist. I put an egg in the dough and decreased the amount of flour slightly, this created a much softer cookie. Cardamom can be put in anything (and make it absolutely delicious 🙂 )

Recipe / Recept 

1.8 sticks of butter / 200 g smör 

0.4 cups of sugar / 1 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker

1.6 cups of flour / 4 dl mjöl

1 tsp of baking powder / 1 tsk bakpulver

1 tsp of cardamom / 1 tsk kardemumma

1 egg / 1 ägg

jam /sylt

1. Preheat the oven to 430 F. / Sätt ugnen på 220 grader.

2. Mix all ingredients. / Blanda alla ingredienser.

3. Roll small balls and make a thumbprint in them. / Rulla små bollar och gör ett litet tumavtryck i dom.

4. Put in some jam. / Lägg i sylt.

5. Bake for about 8 min. / Grädda i ca 8 min.

6. Done! / Klart!

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Cute Chocolate Cookies – Söta Chokladkakor

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Last week I went baking-crazy. It’s funny how a lot of people see baking and cooking as very stressful, for me, it’s like therapy. These cookies I found on this blog, and been wanting to try them. Although, the original recipe called for special Swedish candies or frozen Nutella, which was out of my possession. Instead, I used chocolate chips. I baked three types of cookies, and my housemates all voted for this one as their favorite (which I disagreed with, but flavors different for everyone). So, I definitely think you should try these, and stuff them with whatever noms you have in your pantry of fridge!

Recipe (makes about 25) / Recept (ca 25 stycken)

1/2 stick of butter / 60 g smör

1/4 cup of brown sugar / 0.75 dl muscavado socker

1 egg / 1 ägg

4 tbsp cocoa powder / 4 msk kakao

1 cup of flour / 2.5 dl mjöl

0.5 tsp baking soda / 0.5 tsk bikarbonat

0.4 cups of sugar / 1 dl socker

1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsk vaniljsocker 

Garnish / Topping

chocolate chips / chocolate chips

sugar / socker

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

2. Mix brown sugar and butter together. / Vispa smör och muscavado socker tillsammans.

3. Add all other ingredients. / Lägg i alla andra ingredienser.

4. Roll small balls and stuff them with chocolate chips. / Rulla små bollar och fyll med chocolate chips.

5. Roll the cookies in sugar. / Rulla kakorna i socker.

6. Bake for about 7 min. / Grädda i ca 7 min.

7. Let cool. / Låt svalna.

8. 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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Chicken! Chicken! Chicken! – Kyckling! Kyckling! Kyckling!

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Chicken was definitely what I used to cook the most. Although, since my brother and his girlfriend decided to go vegetarian (with exception for fish) this was also what I started to cook more and more. As a student though, it’s easier to get cheap(er) chicken that’s still organic. Fresh, organic fish is quite expensive…. This recipe is chicken cooked with onion and bacon and boiled (!) in broth. It might seem strange, but I’ve started to really enjoy cooking chicken by boiling it. It really let’s the flavor of whatever you boil it in absorb into the meat. So here’s another chicken recipe for you – easy and quick.

Recipe (3)/ Recept (3)

2 boneless chicken breasts / 2 kyckling filéer

1 small pack of bacon in cubes / 1 litet paket bacon i kuber

2 spring onions / 2 salladslökar 

water / vatten

1 stock cube / 1 buljongtärning

1. Start by cooking the bacon. / Börja med att steka bacon.

2. Chop the onion. / Hacka löken.

3. Quickly fry the onion. / Stek löken snabbt.

4. Bring water to boil. / Koka upp vatten.

5. Add the stock cube. / Tillsätt buljong tärningen.

6. Add bacon and onion. / Tillsätt bacon och lök.

7. Add the chicken. / Lägg i kyckling.

8. Reduce heat, let simmer until the chicken is cooked. / Sänk värmen, låt puttra tills kycklingen är klar.

9. Done! / Klart!

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Mini Scones w. Cinnamon & Cranberries – Mini Scones med Kanel och Tranbär

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Every time I make scones, I think of my mom. She was the scones “master” in our house, and it was always a really happy, and really good day when I walked down the stairs to our kitchen, and the whole kitchen smelled like scones. Now a days, there’s not as many scones baked or made, but whenever I do make them, it makes me happy. As I’ve mentioned in this post, we usually bake scones in a different way than people do in the US. Last time I baked, I used a muffin thin in order to make the scones smaller and more symmetric. I added some cinnamon to half of the dough, and some dried cranberries to the other half. The scones turned out super cute and delicious. I believe scones are the absolute best right out of the oven with butter and a cup of coffee :).

Recipe / Recept

2 cups of flour / 5 dl mjöl

2 tsp of baking powder / 2 tsk bakpulver

1 tsp of salt / 1 tsk salt

0.8 cups of milk (soy or rice works as well as regular) / 2 dl mjölk (soya eller ris funkar lika bra som vanlig)

5 tbsp of butter (about 2/3 of a stick) / 75 g smör

some cinnamon / lite kanel 

some cranberries / like torkade tranbär

1. Preheat the oven to 480 F. / Sätt ugnen på 250 grader.

2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. / Blanda mjöl, salt och bakpulver i en bunke.

3. Add the milk. / Tillsätt mjölken.

4. Cut the butter in pieces and mix it in with your hands. / Skär smöret i bitar och blanda till en deg med hjälp av dina händer.

5. Part the dough in two. / Dela degen i två.

6. Add cinnamon to one part, and cranberries to the other. / Lägg i kanel i den ena delen och tranbär i den andra.

7. Prepare a muffin thin. / Förbered en muffinplåt.

8. Part the dough’s in 8’s (making 16 scones in total). / Dela degarna i 8. Det blir 16 scones totalt.

9. Roll into small balls and put in the thin. / Rulla små bollar och lägg i plåten.

10. Take a fork and pick on the top of the scones. / Ta en gaffel och picka på toppen av sconsen.

11.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden. / Grädda i ca 12-15 min eller tills gyllene.

12. Serve immediately. / Servera direkt.

13. Done! / Klart!

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Delicious Swedish Pancakes – Fantstiska Pannkakor

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What is better than pancakes?! Right, nothing. If you’re really craving them, there’s nothing that can satisfy the craving other than making some pancakes. Swedish pancakes are kind of a mixture of a crepe and an American Pancake. They’re thin but not super thin, but they’re not sweet. Serve them with sugar, jam or fruits and indulge in the deliciousness of pancakes!

 

Recept (12 tunna) / Recipe (12 thin)

3 ägg / 3 eggs

6 dl mjölk / 2.4 cups of milk

2 msk smält smör / 2 tablespoon of melted butter

1/2-1 tsk salt / 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt

2.5 dl mjöl / 1 cup of flour

1. Smält smöret och vispa ihop alla andra ingredienser. / Melt the butter and whisk together with all other ingredients. Make sure there are no lumps.

2. Lägg ca 1/2-1 dl smet i stekpannan beroende på hur stor stekpannan är. Lossa den försiktigt i kanterna och vänd när den blivit lite “bubblig” på ovansidan. / Put 0.2-0.4 cups of mix in the pan depending on how big it is. Loosen it carefully in the edges and flip it when it’s bubbly on the top (and it doesn’t break, it takes some time to get the technique in.)

3. Klart! / Done!

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Quick Smoked Salmon & Vegetable Pasta – Snabb Rökt Lax & Grönsakspasta

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First week of school is just finished! This is my third year at American University, and I can’t believe how fast time goes by! After an amazing summer with sun and time for longer dinners, it’s time for the quick recipes to come back! This pasta was made in a second, and is both fresh, delicious and filling at the same time. The combo of vegetables I used is not a necessity, you can put in a little of whatever you like really. I hope you’ve had a great start of this semester and are looking forward to another great year!

Recipe / Recept 

Pasta / Pasta

1 package of smoked salmon / 1 paket rökt lax

1 tomato / 1 tomat

2 green onions / 2 mini salladslökar 

Fresh Spinach / Färsk Spenat 

1 Avocado / 1 Avokado

Parmesan Cheese / Parmesanost 

1. Boil the pasta. / Koka pastan.

2. Meanwhile; cut the tomato and chop the onion. / Undertiden; skär tomaten och hacka löken.

3. Drain the pasta. / Häll av pastan.

4. In the same pot, heat it up with butter and cook the onions, tomato, salmon and spinach. / I samma kastrull, lägg i lite smör och stek löken, tomaten, laxen och spenaten.

5. Mix in the pasta and top with avocado and parmesan. / Blanda i pastan och toppa med avokado och spenat.

6. Done! / Klart!

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