FIKA FRIDAY!!

Kärleksmums

Oh this beauty has many names (this is my free direct translation for you, I am sure it is not the real one). Mocha Squares, Chocolate squares but this Kärleksmums is my favourite name, Kärlek mean Love and mums is yummy so LOVEYUMMIES or as Stina says LOVEYUMYUMS, let’s go with Loveyumyums shall we ;).

It is such a lovey bake, super easy and swift. One of those I grew up with. Always a favourite at the party and yes it has a dash of coffee in it and yes I give it to my kids (go on, judge away…)

So as we seem to not eat all our bakes every week (I really miss sharing with my friends) I will half this recipe today and use a smaller tray. This is made in a large tray which is great for parties but as we are only four people I will try to make less of it! Can’t wait to bake this for a real FIKA FRIDAY in the shop.

Ingredients, please remember I use dl. So 1 dl is about 100 ml.

Chocolate cake base:

  • 200 g butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 dl caster sugar
  • 4 dl plain flour
  • 1 dl cocoa powder (always go for a nice quality with little sugar in it)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar (use 1-1.5 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 2 dl milk

Topping:

  • 75 g butter
  • 1.5 dl cold coffee
  • 4 dl icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar (just use a dash of vanilla extract)
  • Coconut or sprinkles

Turn on oven at 200 degrees.

Melt the butter and let it cool, mix egg and sugar in to white and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and sift over the egg and sugar mix. Add the milk and then the melted butter while stirring during the whole time (we do not like egg lumps). Once all mixed in to a nice even batter pour it in to the tray that is already covered in baking paper. In the oven for 20-25 min, It needs to be cooked but also moist so do not over bake it please. Once out let it cool a little while you prepare the topping.

Topping, melt the butter first in a pan and then add the rest of ingredients. Melt it all together, try to not let it boil. Once ready pour over the sponge and let it cool a little. Then sprinkle the sprinkles or coconut on top. We always had coconut and it is something special with it and the flavour is perfect, but colourful sprinkles defiantly makes me smile! However after our taste test I will say coconut! Go coconut!!!

Enjoy! Now it’s time for Friday G&T!!!

Charlotte x

FIKA FRIDAY Baking Time

Right!! I have not worked out how to do the IGTV on Instagram (or perhaps I have not even looked at how). But here is a recipe from today’s bake. I have an old beaten up cookbook I brought with me from Sweden, it is falling apart but I did treat myself a few years ago when we sold Arne Jacobsen Design Letters designs. It is still in its plastic so maybe now is the time to try ALL the recipes and keep the best and add some new favourites.

What we made today, well I would not say they are Swedish at all, but the girls picked them and they are well tasty so here we go!

Homemade Snickers
Homemade snickers

Today’s bake was Homemade Snickers!

Always choose good quality ingredients.

Here we used good palm free crunchy peanut butter.

Chocolate, well we are a mixed family, 2 like dark and one like white and one does not care.

When I bake I still use dl and l. But a simple guide is to think 1 dl is 100 ml.

Ingredients

  • 7-8 dl cereal, you can use rice crisp or cornflakes or whatever you have at home
  • 1 dl caster sugar
  • 2 dl golden syrup
  • 1 jar peanut butter (225g)
  • 1 tsk vanilla sugar or alternatively 1 tsk vanilla extract
  • 1 dl coconut
  • 250 g chocolate of your choice

Mix sugar, peanut butter and golden syrup in a pan, heat up but avoid bringing to boil

Mix cereal, coconut and vanilla sugar in another bowl, if you like, smash the cereal so it does not have too big pieces but not too small either. Lagom is a good Swedish word to use here.

Add the warm mix with the cold and mix together. Use a tray, approx 20×30 cm size but if you like thicker bites then get a smaller tray. Flatten the mix in the tray.

Melt the chocolate using the the water bath method and spread on the top.

Let it cool down in the fridge before cutting in to squares (or whatever shape you like) and then ENJOY!!!

Keep in a sealed container in the fridge if any left!

Right not a Swedish recipe but a very very tasty one! I definitely do not need any dinner tonight!

Charlotte x

Day 7

FIKA FRIDAY

Chocolate Balls

What is FIKA FRIDAY? Fika Friday is a little event at the shop on a Friday morning once a month. Homemade Swedish treats and cup of coffee/tea on us while you come in and browse around the shop.

The plan is that it will be a monthly event and I think we will continue this once we are back to normality (let us hope it will be sooner rather than later).

It became quite popular, some of the Fridays were busy, some less, but in general it has been a success. So once we are back up, meet up with a friend and wander around Bruntsfield and Morningside and stop by for a tasty treat and perhaps even a little treat for your home too. If you like to know more about FIKA, well click here! It is a very very Swedish thing and part of our culture!

While I was going though images yesterday I fund lots of fun photos and a realised a lot of baking does go on in our house. Hmm what can we bake today? You baking anything special? Let me know!!

Today I have done my final walk for WALK ALL OVER CANCER for Cancer Research! At least 10000 steps a day every day in March! Final week was really difficult and I have really struggled but it has been very good for my mind as closing our business has hit me hard. There is still time to donate so head over to my just give page by clicking here!

No it is time for homeschooling. The girls are on a roll at the moment and I am feeling ok about it but it truly is difficult and I am really grateful for teachers!!!

Have a fab day

Charlotte xx

Design Letters

Hej!

Design Letters Note Books
Hej! Personal notebooks!

What is going on, how is it June already? I really struggle to keep up! I can not believe our oldest daughter is almost about to finish P2. Time to get my notebook out and get more organised. I am a proper notebook person, love stationery and could easily spend a fortune on notebooks, pens, colouring pens or just nice things related to stationery! And I am a bit hooked with bullet journals at the moment!

Every time we are in Sweden I see Design Letters everywhere! Especially the children’s tableware which is just stunning! Then at a recent trade fair they had a stand and I just wanted to buy it all!!! It was hard to leave that stand!

So of course we are now super delighted to introduce Design Letters to our Spektakulär shop! We have started with the gorgeous personalised notebooks, action, brainstorm, sketch books and travel journal! Pencils and colouring crayons. I love all of them but somehow I just can not chose between C or my Swedish nickname L for Lotta. Maybe I should get them both or maybe the action book (aarggghhh decisions). But my absolute favourite collection is the baking/cooking collection. The recipe book and the DL (decilitre) measurements, they are just stunning! Since I use DL when I bake I would love these so much and it does help that they are so stylish as well. On my birthday list!

Design Letters - Cooking/Baking collection
Time to get baking

Design Letters creates amazing designs using the iconic Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen‘s hand-drawn typography from 1937. Everything from pencils to children’s plates and cups. We are so pleased with the response so far and are really hoping to add more of Design Letters to both the shops.

If you are looking for a nice gift then may I suggest the personalised notebook?!

Father's day
Gift Ideas

Design Letters
Time to get organised

Have a wonderful and stylish week :)

Charlotte x

 

LAKRIDS

Ohhhhhhh you got to try these!

I am not a hard core liquorice fan, I do enjoy it I mean I am Swedish after all (it runs in my veins) but when I am home in Sweden it is not what I need to fill my suitcase with (no then I fill it with chocolate and bread). So when I came across Danish Johan Bulow liquorice I did not have massive expectations but wow. You know when you put something in your mouth and it is just a pure pleasure experience, like a smell or flavour from childhood and you get all warm and happy inside. That is what happen to me! Zuzanna’s friend once said Johan Bulow is the king of liquorice, she is not wrong! Even Richard who is not that keen on liquorice enjoyed Lakrids (unless he is just pretending to keep me happy).

You just have to try it for yourself! I have a couple of favourites, first  I am a coffee drinker and I tried the Dark chocolate and Coffee covered liquorice, oh hello that one I enjoyed a lot! But also the freshness of the White and Passion Fruit chocolate covered is stunning! However the Pink LOVE, gosh taste bud heaven and it is totally true what says on the box “With these flavour-packed mouthfuls, you get to experience a broad variety of taste sensations. First the intriguing taste of raspberry, followed by the intensity of dark chocolate, and then – just when you thought the ride was over – the tickling heat of Habanero chilli liquorice swirls around your taste buds” my mouth just exploded in flavours, wow!

They have four chocolate covered flavours which seems to be main flavours

  • A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice (Belgian Milk Chocolate)
  • B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • C. Dark and Coffee Chocolate Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • D. Roasted Almond Coated in Belgian Milk Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder

A
A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice

B
B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice

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C. Dark Chocolate and Coffee Coated Soft Liquorice

D
D. Almonds Covered with Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder

 

As well as the pure liquorice sweets (no covers)

  • 1. Sweet Liquorice: the one and only sweet liquorice you will ever need
  • 2. Salty Liquorice: this is the true love for any Salty Liquorice fans out there
  • 3. Red Liquorice: their answer to the american version, I would say it is better
  • 4. Habanero Chilli Liquorice: the spicy one (sadly not in stock just yet)
  • 5. Salty Chilli Cranberry Liquorice: created after request by the public (sadly not in stock just yet) 

As you are aware I do enjoy baking but I have never tried baking with liquorice. Seen recipes for years but since it is not as common as finding good quality liquorice here in the UK as back home I have just not done it. But now is the time for me to give it a go since we also stock the Raw Liquorice Powder .

Raw
Raw Liquorice Powder

On Lakrids website are some pretty amazing recipes. Think I should give these chocolate chip and liquorice a go, but the ice cream and oh wow even some brown bread with liquorice…oh my baking fingers are starting to itch!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Liquorice Cookies

Have I tempted you yet?

How about these lovely ones. Lakrids seem to introduce a few limited edition flavours now and then, for example I was given the Salty Caramel Chocolate covered liquorice for Christmas, that went rather quickly. For Easter they have a Mint edition (I thought I ordered it but must have missed it, sorry). Last summer was a Elderflower, oh I hope they will bring that one back.

Let me introduce you to the LOVE flavours. Two outstanding and simply lovely flavours that is good for all year around. Does not need to be for Valentine’s. We all need love now and then, so why not treat your mum this Mother’s Day or instead of an Easter Egg from the supermarket. new house gift, get well soon, the little extra to a wedding gift oh you name it. We all need love and for some it is an easy way to say it with chocolate so why not with chocolate and liquorice?!

Love Pink: Raspberry and Dark Chocolate covering a hot Chilli Liquorice (taste bud heaven)

Love Cerise: Blackcurrant infused White Chocolate covering soft Liquorice (very fresh and pleasant taste, perfect with a cup of tea)

LOVE Raspberry
Raspberry and dark Chocolate covered Chilli Liquorice

LOVE balckcurrent
Blackcurrant and White Chocolate covering Soft Liquorice

I am not sure how I will be able to stay away from these. Selling things you love to eat is really hard. You just like to take another one and another one…so addictive! Self discipline Charlotte!!! On the other hand, I would not sell anything I did not love!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x