How To Make Easy Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookies ☕ Hallongrottor

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In the 1800’s, ladies in Sweden had coffee parties or in Swedish “kafferep”. It was a must at the coffee parties to have a cookie plate of 7 or more “småkakor” (little cookies) to serve the guests. The Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookies “Hallongrottor ” was one of the cookies to make. The Raspberry Cave Cookies are still very popular in Sweden.

There are all sorts of Swedish Raspberry Cave cookie recipes to try. A typical Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie has a vanilla flavor with a raspberry preserve center. Typically the vanilla ingredient is either of vanilla sugar or ½ vanilla pod + 1 tsp sugar. As well the preserve is many times made of raspberry or lingonberry too.

Here our Raspberry Cave cookie recipe has 6 easy to find ingredients. It is a really fast and easy recipe to make. I usually have the two sticks of butter out on the counter when I start making the recipe. That way the butter is slightly soften and easier to work with when mixing it into the flour mixture. As well I used vanilla extract because I happen to have this in my kitchen cabinet. However vanilla sugar is very common to use too. In the future, we hope to make several other Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie recipes with a variation of ingredients. We hope you like this simple version! 😀

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Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie Recipe – Hallongrottor
🍪 Ingredients 🍪
2 sticks (226 G) butter / smör
2 cups of flour /mjöl
1 teaspoon of baking powder / bakpulver
1/2 a cup of sugar / socker
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla sugar/ vaniljsocker
raspberry preserves / hallonsylt

Instruction:
-Preheat oven at 400°F / 200 grader
-Have 2 sticks of butter (which is the equivalent of 226 grams or 8 oz or 1 cup of butter) out on the counter so it softens up slightly and will be easier to work with.
-Mix flour, sugar, vanilla and baking powder together in a bowl. 🥄
-Cut the 2 sticks of soften butter into chunks and add to dry ingredients. Mix well using your fingers or a pastry cutter.
-Roll the dough into logs. Cut the logs into even slices.
-Roll each slice into a ball and place on a baking tray.
-Using your finger press into each ball.
-Fill each cookie with a teaspoon of raspberry preserves / hallonsylt
-Bake for 12- 15 minutes.

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-Let the cookies cool on a rack.

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-Serve with coffee, tea or even a glass of milk. ☕ 🍴 🎈

 

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How to Make Swedish Dill Potatoe Salad Recipe 🍴 Dillstuvad Potatis

Did you know that the first potatoes in Sweden was around 1655? Potatoes were documented at   Olof Rudbeck’s botanical garden in Uppsala, Sweden.

Recently, I went to a Midsummer celebration.  We danced around the Maypole (majstång  or  midsommarstång) and had traditional dishes such as 4 kinds of herring!! Which made me so happy to have 4 kinds of herring.  I just love herring!   🎈 🎉

It made me think to make the Swedish Dill Potatoe salad side dish.  It is perfect timing as I have so much dill, parsley and chives in my garden right now.  😀  This dish  goes with any summer dish such as grilled chicken, fish and even hotdogs.

Below is my recipe to mkae the Swedish Dill Potatoe Salad

🌼 Ingredients

  • 1 pound freshly boiled potatoes, cut into inch wide pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 heaping tablespoons chopped dill, parsley and/or chives

Béchamel sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk or half milk/half cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions:

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add the flour & combine.
  3. Add cream or milk and whisk together.
  4. Bring to boil and let it boil for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Cut potatoes into inch wide pieces.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add the pre-cooked potatoes and heat through.
  8. Add half of the herbs.
Serve with either grilled chicken, steak or fish.  In Denmark, we typically have potatoe salad with hotdogs which is what I had with this recipe recently. 🍽️


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EASY APPLE RYE BREAD RECIPE

I love to bake with apples and was excited to get another round of apples from my apple tree. Unfortunately, I am not sure if we will get anything this year.  I did not see any apple flowers on our tree this spring.  So, I will have to buy apples for my baking this year. 

In the Scandinavina countries we like to eat a lot of rye bread.  So I like try to different rye bread recipes and this recipe as shredded apples.   The apple in the recipe makes the rye bread slightly softer and sweeter against the rustic rye flavor.

EASY APPLE RYE BREAD RECIPE 🍎

🌻Ingredients 🌻

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of rye flour
  • 5 ounces of water
  • 1/2 cup of shredded apples
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 425F.  See our instructions on our video on how to make this easy bread.

Serve with butter. You might want to add honey or a slice of cheese as well.  As well a glass of milk, a cup of tea or coffee goes great with the rye bread for either breakfast, lunch or as a snack.

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How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Salad 🍓

Rhubarb has been an important ingredient in Denmark since the 1800’s. Summer memories including gardens with rhubab growing in Danish garden’s such as my Mormor’s garden. As well, rhubarb recipes such as rabarbergrød.

Here is modern rhubarb recipe that I had in Bakken a couple summers ago.  One of the restaurants had a salad buffet with a rhubarb salad.  So simple and delicious.  I had never tried a rhubarb salad before.  This had a nice sweet citrus flavor. The rhubarb becomes softened slightly while soaking in the citrus juices. I have had this recipe on my mind since being a Bakken. Here I added sliced strawberries and mint to this salad recipe which compliments rhubarb very well too.

How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Salad 🍓

☀Ingredients ☀
4 cups of thinly sliced rhubarb
1/2 a cup of orange juice
1/2 a cup of lemon juice 🍋
3/4 cup of sugar
Clean & slice 2 cups of strawberries. 🍓
Slice or tear fresh 3 or 4 mint leaves 
Toasted sliced almonds

Instructions:
-slice 4 cups of thinly sliced rhubarb

-Mix rhubarb, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar in a bowl.
-Let rhubarb mixture sit until slightly softened and releases its juices, about 30 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 350°. Toast sliced almonds until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.
-Clean & slice 2 cups of strawberries.


-After 30 minutes mix in sliced strawberries and torn mint leaves and sprinkle toasted almonds over salad.
-Mix the strawberry rhubarb mixture in the bowl. 🥄

Serve the same day.  The salad will become too soft if served the next day.


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Icelandic Flag Cake Recipe to celebrate Icelandic National Day

Icelandic National Day is coming up in a few days. This annual holiday (Icelandic: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn) was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson. Jón is a major figure of Icelandic culture from the 19th century.

Perfect time to start thinking of ways to celebrate and here we came up with an Icelandic Flag Cake which is a fast fun way to serve during the holiday. 🎈  I decided to make a simple cake in comparison to some of the larger flag cakes I have done before.  This cake only requires one baking pan.  If you want to have a filling in the center, you can easily slice it in half.

As well, I have lots of raspberries growing on my raspberry bush.  So luckily I could use the raspberries for the cake.  So I decided to use the red raspberries for the red cross that is on the cake. 
 
As well I purchased fresh blueberries and whipped cream to complete the flag.  I decided to use the whipped cream from a can because I was not make a complicated pattern.  However, I suggest to add the whipped cream at the very last step. The whipped cream fluffiness will start disappearing shortly after shaking it out of the can.  So I suggest to serve the cake right away. 🍴

Icelandic Flag Cake Recipe🌻

🌻 Ingredients 🌻

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • confectionary sugar and couple drops of water
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • whipped cream
See our instructions to making the cake on our video.
  1. Beat butter and sugar.
  2. Add 2 eggs.
  3. Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt. 
  4. Add milk w/vanilla extract.
  5. Pour batter into a buttered & floured pan.
  6. Bake at 350 F for approx. 30 minutes.
  7. Let cake cool.
  8. Combine confetionary sugar and water to create frosting.
  9. Add frosting on top of the cake. This will be used to hold the fruit.
  10. Place raspberries and blueberries to form flag. Fill in the remaining white line to complete the flag with whipped cream.

Enjoy a slice of cake with a cup of coffee.☕ 🥄

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How to Make Swedish Rhubarb Crumble ☀ Rabarberpaj

This time of the year, I think about what to make for midsummer celebrations.  Midsummer celebrations is an important Nordic tradition and a lot of people look forward to attending.  We have a tradition in my family to have dinner at our house, go to the beach, build a bonfire, bake bread on a stick and sing Danish songs.

So, I decided to make a Swedish Rhubarb Crumble for dessert because you can make it for a lot of people.  As well I saw so much rhubarb in the grocery stores lately that I thought it was an easy decision to make this delicious dessert.  The great thing is people can decide how much they want to scoop out from the pan.

What makes this dessert Swedish from what I understand is the flour and oatmeal combination.  Just make sure to buy the correct rolled oats and not the quick or 5 minutes oatmeal.  Otherwise the dessert won’t taste correct.

How to Make Swedish Rhubarb Crumble  ☀ Rabarberpaj
🌸 Ingredients 🌸
Rhubarb filling:

  • 6 cups of rhubarb, chopped into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar 
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch 
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (for extra cinnamon flavor)

Rhubarb Filling instructions:

  1. Put the chopped rhubarb, granulated sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl and toss together.
  2. Transfer the rhubarb into a prepared buttered 8-inch ovenproof dish. 
  3. Spread and pack the fruit down well. Then set the pan aside.

For crumble topping:

  • 1 1/3 cup light brown sugar 
  • 1 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 20 tablespoons softened unsalted butter 
  • 2 cups oats 
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add sliced butter,  flour and light brown sugar together in a large bowl. Rub everything together with your fingertips, making sure that there are a few pea-sized lumps of butter left. 
  3. Mix oats, cinnamon almond slices into a medium bowl.
  4. Stir in the oats mixture into the large bowl and mix well. 
  5. Rub in the butter using your finger tips until it forms crumbs and starts to stick together.
  6. Crumble the mixture loosely over the rhubarb filling so you can still see the rhubarb mixture underneath. (You might not need it all.)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, until the fruit is soft and the crumble is golden brown on top.
  8. Set aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Best to serve warm or hot and eaten the same day. 🥄 Delicious with a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of milk. ☕

I like to decorate the tables with the flowers to create a midsummer feel.  As well, always like to use my summer dishes and floral placemats and runners too.  Especially since we only have several months to enjoy these during the year!

The Swedish Rhubarb crumble goes well with vanilla ice cream or whipped.Traditionally rabarberpaj is served with vaniljsås (vanilla sauce). I plan to make the sauce another day for you all.   😀   🎈

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Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich called Gubbröra


I happen to love dill in my recipes and grow it in my yard. Dill grows pretty easy and I use it on my sandwiches, with scrambled eggs, and on potatoes. Recently, I have been making Swedish recipes that includes dill.  Here is one of Swedish famous dishes that has dill as a garnish. This Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich is easy to make with simple ingredients. Gubbröra translates to Old Man’s Mix.

Gubbröra is one of Swedish famous dishes.  This Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich is easy to make and called Gubbröra means Old Man’s Mix.  The Swedish anchovies are actually sprats or in Swedish called skarpsill.  However, if you are not able to find skarpsill then regulary anchovies are great with the egg sandwich. 

Swedish Egg and Anchovy Salad on Crispbread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 3 anchovies
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon wedges 🍋 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • fresh dill for garnish
  • chopped dill
  • chopped chives
  • chopped red onion
  • crisp bread


🐟 Instructions:

  1. Chop up hard boiled eggs. 
  2. Cut the dill and chives very finely. 
  3. Place everything in a bowl together with the pepper and egg yolk. Mix them together. 
  4. Chop the anchovy filets and blend in. 
  5. Mix everything together and serve cold. 
  6. This traditional Swedish egg-anchovy salad is served either on crispbread or on a thin slice of round dark bread. 
  7. Garnish with fresh dill and a lemon wedge on the side. 🍽️ 



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