anna brones

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A Strawberry Cake to Celebrate Swedish Midsummer

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Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, and that’s cause for celebration. This week is one of sunshine stretching into the evening, carpets of wildflowers in the midst of grassy fields, bare feet and picnic blankets.

For me, it marks the celebration of Swedish midsommar, which will be celebrated this Friday. The traditional midsommar spread of food is one of my favorites, featuring some of my favorite dishes like marinated cucumbers, pickled herring (which you can even use in a savory cake), and plenty of knäckebröd.

But my favorite part of midsommar has to be dessert. Strawberry cake is one of the most common desserts on the Swedish midsommar table, and it puts seasonal berries front and center. It’s a simple dessert, topped with plenty of whipped cream and bright red berries.

I like to make the cake with cardamom, and even marinate a few strawberries in honey and cardamom to use as the center filling. The cake is cut in half, so that you can layer it, but if you want to make an even fancier cake, consider making two of them and layering them.

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June 21, 2017 at 07:35

Make These Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste

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Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste by Anna Brones

These chocolate covered figs have become a favorite holiday recipe of mine. I just recently posted the recipe over on Foodie Underground and I thought I would share it here too. If you’re willing to spend some time in front of a bowl of melted chocolate dipping in dried figs, then making your own decadent holiday treats is totally doable. Don’t have figs? This recipe is also good with dried apricots.

Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste

Ingredients:

About 50 dried figs (I prefer Black Mission figs)

7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet dark chocolate

Turbinado sugar for garnish

For the almond paste:

1 cup raw almonds, blanched

1/4 cup (1.75 ounces, 50 grams) natural cane sugar

1 tablespoon whiskey (optional)

Other:

Parchment paper

Preparation:

Begin by preparing the almond paste. To blanch the almonds, place them in a bowl and cover them with hot/boiling water. Let sit for a few minutes until you can put your hand in the water. The skins should be loose and you should be easily able to pop the almonds out of them. Place the skins in one bowl and the blanched almonds in another.

Compost the almond skins and pour off any water that is in the bowl of blanched almonds. Place the blanched almonds in a food processor with the sugar and whiskey and mix until well blended. The mixture should be sticky and moldable.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper on your countertop. Take a small amount of almond paste and mold it around the bottom two thirds of each fig (approximately). They will look like this – complete with terrible lighting if you make these at night like I did!

Melt the chocolate by placing it in a heat-proof bowl inside of a saucepan with hot water. Dip the figs covered in almond paste into the melted chocolate, so that the chocolate covers the almond paste, and place on the parchment paper.

Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and leave to dry until the chocolate has hardened.

Store in an airtight container, out of direct sunlight (for example, in a cupboard). If you want to give some away – if you manage not to eat them all yourself that is – a nice way to gift them is to place them in a sealable glass jar.

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December 18, 2015 at 08:35

Recipe: No-Bake Blueberry Cake

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Did you know that if you mix honey and yogurt you can make a super simple frozen cake? Like ice cream cake, except way better for you.

I made this last summer and recently threw it together with a batch of blueberries that I had on hand. It’s the perfect cold summer treat. The crust is flourless too; made with almonds and hazelnuts, and a dash of whiskey for those who dare.

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August 19, 2015 at 09:31

Preorder the Second Edition of The Culinary Cyclist

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Two years ago, my first book, The Culinary Cyclistwas released. When I first started writing it, I wasn’t really sure if anyone would be interested in the topic of bikes and food. Turns out they were. So much so that the book is coming out in a brand spanking new edition, with all the recipes updated in both volume and weight measurements (that means it’s user-friendly for anyone measuring in cups, ounces or grams), and a few tweaks here and there, as well as a new cover.

It’s my first book, so maybe it will always be my favorite. Even now I keep a copy in the kitchen and reference it regularly. Sometimes I’ll flip through and read a few passages. They still make me happy. And they make me want to get out on my bicycle.

“The rules for living well, if you can call them that, are simple and a pleasure to follow. Eat local and mostly plants. Ride your bike, even on rainy days. Say yes to dinner invitations. Always bring your signature dessert. Invite people on picnics. Bike in the sunshine. Follow a morning ride with a strong French press.” -The Culinary Cyclist

The new edition will be released on September 15, 2015, and you can preorder your copy here. All the recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian, and there’s a whole lot of vegan stuff in there too. In other words: lots of healthy, real food.

Of course, if you want the original, they’re currently 40% off over on Microcosm Publishing, the lovely independent publishing company that is behind the book (while you’re on the site, check out their other titles too). A fantastic deal for the original print of a cookbook, wouldn’t you say?

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August 14, 2015 at 08:12

Make These Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts

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Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts by Anna Brones

Pretty proud of this recipe I just did over on Foodie Underground. A vegan chocolate ganache filling, spiced up with chili and dried orange peel, and poured into a gluten-free almond crust.

And yes, you can make them in the form of hearts. If you’re into that kind of thing, or if you need a fun Valentine’s Day recipe that isn’t full of processed ingredients and tons of sugar.

Get the recipe: Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts

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February 13, 2015 at 12:37

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Ginger Almond Cookies with Whiskey

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Chocolate Covered Whiskey Ginger Almond Cookies by Anna Brones

Concocted a mean Christmas cookie this weekend. You should probably bake up a batch. The full story is up over on Foodie Underground, but sharing the recipe here. And yes, they’re made with ground almonds, so no flour involved!

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December 23, 2014 at 09:01

Recipe: Zucchini Millet Risotto

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Zucchini Millet by Anna Brones

I developed this recipe for Foodie Underground recently and it has quickly become a favorite. It’s quick, easy and healthy.

You can make a classic cheesy version, or you can even do a vegan version with a toasted hazelnut and salt blend. There’s a full story and description over on Foodie Underground if you want it. Otherwise, get to cooking!

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September 5, 2014 at 12:13