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Silltårta // Pickled Herring Cake

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I was in Sweden celebrating midsummer a few years ago, and someone brought a pickled herring cake to the dinner. Beautifully decorated and pairing all of my favorite midsummer flavors in one dish, it was an instant favorite. Ever since, I’ve been making my own to add to the midsummer dinner spread.

If you’re a little weirded out by the idea of a herring cake, think of it more like a glorified open-faced sandwich. The bottom is a layer of sweet, dense rye bread which is then topped with herring, chives and eggs. Traditionally, the herring is mixed together with sour cream and cream cheese or quark, and then gelatin is used to firm it up. I never have any of the above on hand in my kitchen, so my twist is to use yogurt, straining it first to thicken it and make a kind of labneh, that is then mixed in with the herring.

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Written by Anna Brones

June 20, 2019 at 09:25

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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Written by Anna Brones

June 21, 2017 at 07:35

Glad Midsommar!

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Midsummer Flowers by Anna Brones

Today is the celebration of Swedish midsummer, my personal favorite holiday of the year.

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June 20, 2014 at 09:30

Glad Midsommar!

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swedish cottage

Celebrating the day of endless sun, whether or not in Sweden.

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June 21, 2013 at 00:01

Swedish Midsommar 101

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It’s summer solstice this week, which means it’s high time for Swedish midsommar, the best of holidays. Why? Because it’s a classic Swedish tradition that celebrates the longest day of the year, with food and drink at the center. In other words, an event to celebrate the sun. Put good food, a few glasses of aquavit and a table of friends together and you have yourself a party. Read the rest of this entry »

Glad Midsommar!

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Pickled herring, potatoes with dill, chocolate cake with strawberries… I love Midsummer, even when I’m not in Sweden to celebrate. The official kickoff to summer.

Want to throw your own solstice celebration Swedish style? Here’s the ultimate guide to what food and drink you need to make it all come together. Hint: it includes good tips for locally distilled Aquavit, recipe for a delicious mustard dill sauce and a little background on just why you should celebrate.

Glad midsommar!

Written by Anna Brones

June 24, 2011 at 08:02

Summer Drink

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Krogstad Aquavit: tastes like Swedish summer, distilled locally in Portland, Oregon. Love.

Written by Anna Brones

June 22, 2011 at 10:34