November 3, 2014

Kladdkaka - Swedish chocolate cake

This cake is one of those cakes I take for granted somehow. I love it so much but I rarely bake it. Before I started baking like crazy, about 5 years ago, I used to bake two times a year, tops. Two times a year, that's it. And when I did, it was always "kladdkaka" (roughly translated "sticky cake" or "gooey cake" but I'll just call it Swedish chocolate cake). Why kladdkaka then? Well, first of all, it was the only recipe I knew how to make. Second, it's probably the easiest thing you could possibly make, and it's just so darn delicious.You simply have to make this one! And don't forget to serve it with whipped cream (vanilla ice cream is ok as well)!

Swedish chocolate cake  
8-10 servings

One of the most popular Swedish recipes, and one of the easiest as well! My version is flourless which takes the chocolate to another level. For a soft and sticky cake, serve it at room temperature. If you prefer a more dense, chewy cake, serve it cold.  I prefer it cold, with a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream. 

250 g (2 sticks + 1 1/2 tbsp) butter
250 g (8.8 oz) coarsely chopped dark chocolate (70%)
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (100 ml) strong coffee or espresso (or water)
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (180 g) sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch of salt

To serve
Powdered sugar
Whipped cream
Milk chocolate curls

1. Heat oven to 175° (350F). Grease a springform pan (22-25 cm / 8-10 inches) and cover the base with baking paper.
2. Gently melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. When mixture is melted and smooth, stir in coffee, then set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whip eggs, sugar and vanilla until very light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Stir chocolate mixture into egg mixture with a spatula. Stir until smooth. Add a pinch of salt.
5. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cake cool before removing it from the pan. I prefer the cake when it's been in the fridge for a couple of hours. Dust powered sugar on top.
6. Whip cream with some powdered sugar (to taste) and vanilla powder.
7. To make the chocolate curls, put milk chocolate in a warm place for a few minutes, then use a cheese slicer to make curls.

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October 24, 2014

Iceland + iambear

I made a video for up-and-coming artist Iambear while I was in Iceland. Such perfect scenery for this song (which is called 16:40 by the way) I think. Listen to more awesome music from Iambear on Soundcloud. Note to self, next time, bring a working tripod to windy Iceland.

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October 18, 2014

Iceland part II

As I mentioned in my last Iceland post, we were in Reykjavik the first day and for a few hours the last day. I was so tired the first day that I had to go to bed early so I didn't get to see much. I was able to snap some photos the last day though.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian options in the restaurants we went to! The first day I had vegan toast, not something you would find in my hometown exactly. Then in the evening I can't even remember what I ate because I was so tired. The second day I had a "bygotto" (risotto but with barley instead of rice). Even in the lobster restaurant they had a vegetarian option. I was pretty impressed. It's not often that I eat this good food whilst traveling. And in Sweden I'm used to having goat cheese and mushrooms in most dishes (ok, that might be an exaggeration but I hate goat cheese with a passion).

I also mentioned that we saw Northern lights. Twice. The photo below was taken the second time. The first time, we were outside for two minutes and I was thinking that we were probably NEVER going to see one. But suddenly, to my surprise, we saw the unmistakable green formation up in the sky (we literally had been outside two minutes). So lucky. I had of course forgotten my battery in our room so I ran in to get it. I was struggling with my tripod so those images came out a bit shaky. But it was so cool to see it for real. I was better prepared the second time but my tripod still didn't want to cooperate.

Make sure to click the images to view them larger!
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October 12, 2014

Iceland part I

I've seen mountains. I've seen northern lights, waterfalls, beaches with black sand and pink sunsets. I've seen long empty roads. I've seen more sheep than I could ever count. I've bathed in hot springs (and a jacuzzi!).
We drove in the highlands through water and gravel without seeing a single soul for hours. In the dark and through the thickest fog I've ever seen. For a few minutes I was quite worried, but we kept our spirits up in the car. I've seen some unreal things that I never thought I would see. And in very good company. It has been a remarkable journey in so many ways and I will never forget it.
The beauty of Iceland has blown me away. It's a place of magic.
The pictures of the turquoise ice blocks are from the ice lake Jökulsárlón. When we drove up to it my eyes started tearing up (and I was not alone) from the sight. It was unreal. I had never seen such beauty before. The ice blocks are constantly changing and when we were there they were relatively small. If you're ever going to Iceland, I highly suggest you visit this place. We also went to Landmannalaugar, Blue Lagoon, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. And some places inbetween of course.

I went on this trip with Fotoresor, with a group of wonderful photographers. I've never done anything like this before in my life (and I never thought I would) but I'm just so incredibly happy that I did.
We didn't spend much time in Reykjavik because there were so many other things to see. Next time I go there I need to spend more time exploring the city.

Did I see Björk you ask? Why yes. Yes I did (for real). For the complete Icelandic experience.

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October 2, 2014

Exhibition opening

Just nu förbereder jag för min allra första utställning. Otroligt spännande, och extra roligt att kunna ha den i min hemstad! Galleriet ligger i en anslutning till en tyg- och inredningsbutik så det kommer bli intimt och mysigt, precis som jag vill ha det. Om någon är sugen på att titta förbi på vernissagen finns all information i Facebookeventet. Utställningen kommer hänga kvar till 31 januari. Hoppas att vi ses där!

In English:
Right now I'm preparing for my very first exhibition. It's super exciting, and the fact that it's in my hometown makes it even better. Feel free to come by if you're in the area! For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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September 24, 2014

Sweet food & photography

Nu är min nya bok här!
Den innehåller cookies, tårtor, pajer, cheesecakes, cupcakes och andra sötsaker. Vad sägs till exempel om pavlovarulltårta med mascarpone och hallon, banoffee pie, briochebullar med choklad, stout pretzel cupcakes, macadamiakolapaj, chokladtårta med kolapopcorn, bärgalette, cheesecakebrownie med hallon, citronmarängtårta och apple fritters? Dessutom innehåller den tre informativa kapitel kring hur du bakar, dekorerar, stylar och fotograferar! Jag hoppas att du ska tycka om den, oavsett om du bakar recepten eller om du bara vill ha den att titta i. Framförallt hoppas jag att den ska vara inspirerande. För att få en liten förhandstitt kan du kika på videon nedan, eller på bilderna. Allt finns med i boken!
Passa på att köpa boken just nu för endast 179:- (ord. pris 199:-) hos Bokus (följ länken för att ta del av erbjudandet).

In English:
My new book has finally been released in Sweden! And I can already tell you that it will be out in English (US, Roost books) and German (AT Verlag). Wohoo! How great is that? The German version will be out in September 2015 and the US version sometime during spring 2016. Maybe you're wondering why it takes such a long time to translate into English. Well, Swedish and American ingredients differ quite a lot so all the recipes will need to be tested first. We want all the recipes to work, of course!

To celebrate, I made this video for my book. Hope you like it!

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September 16, 2014


Leaving Iceland was bittersweet.
It has been an amazing journey, the best one of my life I'd say.
I've filled up many memory cards with Iceland's beauty so it will take a few days for me to go through them all. Stay tuned.

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September 5, 2014

Blueberry lemon muffins with cardamom crumble topping

Okay, can we just talk about these muffins for a while? They are so delicious. You need to make them, now. I almost can't believe how fluffy and perfect they are. I'm pretty sure I need to make this recipe as a cake too. Soon.

I'm leaving for Iceland next week (sounds like I'm moving there but I'm not) and I know myself all too well. I need to write lists everyday because I have a fear of forgetting something. Soon, I'll start dreaming nightmares about missing my flight or forgetting my bag at the airport.
I wish I could be a little more relaxed. Laid back. Especially when it comes to traveling. Besides from the fact that I have travel anxiety, I know it will be an amazing trip and I'm looking forward to it so much. I've packed my camera gear and I'll bring my computer as well so hopefully I'll be able to update with some photos while I'm there!

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