Though I would do a recap of the recipes from the old blog, of the quick and easy go-to’s that never fail =) y’know, tis easier to have things one place lol
Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun that roughly means “to drink coffee/tea/lemonade,” usually accompanied by something sweet.
Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffeebreak, with one’s colleagues, friends, date, or family. The word has quite ambiguous connotations and can mean anything from taking a break from work or other activities, to going on a date – always including something to eat accompanied by a drink, such as cookies, cakes and even candy. This practice of taking a break, typically with a cinnamon roll or some biscuits or cookies, or sometimes a smörgås or a fruit on the side, is central to Swedish life, and is regularly enjoyed even by the government.
Although the word may in itself imply “taking a break from work,” this is often emphasized using the word fikapaus (“fika pause”) or fikarast (“fika break”), with kaffepaus and kafferast, respectively, as near synonyms. Fika may also mean having coffee or other beverages at a café or konditori (a “patisserie-based coffeehouse”).
Traditionally, fika requires sweet, baked goods, especially cinnamon rolls. According to Helene Henderson, author of The Swedish Table, one needs three items minimum to avoid insult to Swedish guests; “to impress, serve a variety of seven freshly baked items–and be ready to talk about the weather.”
Fika is also combined in words such as fikabröd (“fika bread”) which is a collective name for all kinds of biscuits, cookies, buns, etc that are traditionally eaten with coffee. Non-sweetened breads are normally not included in this term (even though these may sometimes be consumed with coffee). Fika is also used as a noun, referring to fikabröd and coffee combined.
I figured I’d share some of my recipes, and as we all know, I am not a Delia, Nigella or anything remotley resembling a master baker, BUT, these recipes work for me and if I can make them work I am pretty darn sure the rest of you can too! So, here goes…
Sockerkaka; aka sponge, literally – sugarcake.
225g butter ( usually the packet will have little measures by 50g on them so use that as a guide 😉 )
2.5 dl sugar
4 dl flour
2 tsp (teaspoon) baking powder
Preheat oven to 175-200C and leave cake for about 30-40mins (if baking isnt your forte, like me, it might take some guessing as to which temp your oven works best with and then you know how long to keep it in for etc )
Easy peasy ; add all the ingredients together BUT melt the butter first! Doesn’t matter what order you add them in, as long as the butter is melted hehe. First time I did this I couldn’t quite work out how the cake was gonna turn out with lumps of butter in it…muppet me!
Once all ingredients are added together pour into a greased tin (having used butter) and put in your preheated oven for the required time. Me finds middle of the oven is our best bet =)
Kladdkaka; aka chocolate mud cake, literally gooey cake
2.5 dl sugar
1 dl cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 dl flour
Preheat oven to 175C, baking time 12-14mins
Again, simples! Make sure you melt the butter and mix it all together and add to your tin.
The whole point of this cake is for it to be messy; hence the name gooey, and its pretty much a fail safe option and really is quick and easy to whip up and get in the oven ready for your second cuppa when you have guests around 😉 Or, perfect to finish off after having guests for dinner as its always a luxury to have homemade dessert. Top it off with some whipped cream and maybe even some berries. We like just the cream. Dont over complicate 😉
Chokladbollar; aka chocolate balls, literally chocolateballs!…please, no Chef jokes 😉
100g butter ( ROOM TEMP, not melted this time )
1.5 dl sugar
3 tbs (tablespoons) cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tbs water
5dl instant oatmeal
Mix the sugar and butter together first then add the rest of the ingredients. Roll into little balls and then, roll those little balls in pearl sugar/ coconutflakes / or those colourful little sprinkles and you are done!
Right this will make you around 35 balls or so. Amazingly good to freeze and defrost, so if you fancy being super domesticated, double all your ingredients and you shall have a nice stockpile for when friends and family pop over and they shall be oh so impressed!
If you want to spice things up you can exchange the water for coffee, or different liquoers =)
Happy baking everyone! Let us know how you get on =)