anna brones

writer + artist + activist

Posts Tagged ‘Swedish food

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

How to Twist Swedish Cinnamon Buns (Kanelbullar)

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When my friend Marissa asked if I might like to have a recipe from Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break featured on FvF, I immediately said yes. I like Marissa’s photography and since I rarely spend any time styling or photographing my own recipes I thought it would be fun to have someone come and do it for me. See, I am lazy in the kitchen!

Get a photographer in your (tiny) kitchen and you immediately realize how hard food photography and styling really is; I have a lot of respect for the people who make it look easy. But let’s be honest; there is nothing like someone doing the hard work for you. And it’s even better when you want to do a series of how-to photos. Instead of playing the awkward Tripod in the Kitchen with Self Timer Camera game, all you have to do is go through the steps and have the photographer shoot it for you. This is perfect for Swedish cinnamon and cardamom buns, which people often ask me how they should twist. Now I finally have a visual guide to share.

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June 2, 2015 at 12:50

Fika on List of Food Bloggers’ Most Anticipated New Cookbooks

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Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

As the countdown to the release date of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break gets shorter and shorter, I am getting more and more excited about this book finally making its way into the world. Mostly because I want everyone to be having a little more fika in their everyday lives, but also because I want to hear what people think about it.

I was honored to read that one of the food bloggers who I have been following the longest – Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini – listed it as her most anticipated new cookbook in a roundup of food bloggers on Publisher’s Weekly. Coming from someone whose own cookbook sits on my kitchen shelf, that’s definitely a notable mention. Thank you Clotilde!

Fika is officially out on April 7, 2015, but you can pre-order it now. Click here for a list of places that sell it.

Oh, and that awesome tote bag? I snagged that at the cafe/restaurant Fika in London. You can get your own here.

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March 18, 2015 at 08:42

Go Stuff Yourself with Semlor!

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Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Swedish Semlor

Happy Fat Tuesday – in my world, known as the Dfficial Day of Stuffing Yourself with Semlor. The iconic Swedish baked good served before Lent is one of my favorite things to make this time of year, and I have a whole article about semlor up on Paste this week in celebration. There’s also a great article on the topic on NPR’s The Salt by fellow food writer Anne Bramley which is definitely worth a read.

Here’s a little dirty secret for you: there’s a recipe for semlor in my book Fika, which is out on April 7 (yes, I have already started counting down). But if you can’t wait that long, and you really want to make some today, you can use this recipe.

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February 17, 2015 at 16:15

Preorder My New Book – ‘Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’

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It’s here!

Ok, so it’s almost here. And when I say “it” I mean the book that Johanna Kindvall and I have been working hard on over the last couple of years. As I have learned, book writing and publishing is a long process, and I am so excited to almost be at the most exciting part: the moment where the actual book sits in my hands.

But for now, at least the book is alive on the Internet, and it’s available for pre-order, which means you can snag a copy and diligently wait for it to come to your mailbox in spring.

Love Swedish baked goods? Ever wonder how to make a real Swedish cinnamon roll? Want to try to be more Scandinavian? Then this book is for you.

Packed with traditional recipes for cookies, cakes and breads, this book is all about celebrating the Swedish tradition of fika, otherwise known as the quintessential Swedish coffee break.

Drooling already? You can preorder from my favorite bookstore of all time, Powell’s, as well as AmazonB&NIndieBoundGoogle Books, and iBooks.

Now, let’s all begin the countdown to the April 7, 2015 on sale date!

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November 13, 2014 at 22:11

How to Make Glögg

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Recipe for Swedish glögg on Foodie Underground today. Hello, December.

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December 8, 2013 at 11:52

Glad Lucia!

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It’s the day for celebrating light in Sweden: the tradition of Lucia.

As the child of a Swede that was intent on preserving tradition, I always knew what would come the morning of the 13th.

In the midst of the pitch black of a winter morning, my mother would gently knock on my door, the sign that I was meant to get up. Propping it open, she would walk away, leaving only the melodic sounds of Lucia sången coming from the downstairs speakers. I would rub my eyes and sleepily crawl out of bed. Outside of my door, a white robe was carefully hung, a thick red sash draped on top.

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