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Friday, December 25, 2015

Festive coconut cakes (kokostoppar)

Coconut cakes, or kokostoppar or kokoskakor in Sweden, are festive small cakes that I usually make for Christmas. They're super easy to make and take very little time to prepare. In almost 30 min you could have them done!
They're great as small dessert with coffee or tea, and taste great :-) They're crunchy outside and soft inside.

Merry Christmas!

Recipe for about 30 coconut cakes

50 g butter
2 eggs
1 dl sugar
200 g shredded coconut

Melt butter.
In a bowl mix eggs and sugar.
Add coconut, mix and then add melted butter, and mix.
Let the mix sit for about 15 min so the coconut swells a bit.
Place parchment paper on an oven plate.
Make small cakes of the coconut mix with 2 spoons (they're meant to be eaten as bites).
Bake in the oven 10 min at 175 C.
Make sure the cakes are detached from the parchment paper before they cool down.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Julgröt for Swedish Christmas breakfast


Swedish Christmas starts with Julgröt in the morning. Julgröt, also called risgrynsgröt, is a classical rice pudding made with milk, sugar, and cinnamon. You can eat it cold or warm, with or without milk, but for sure with cinnamon on top.

I like to make a lot of it so I can have some every morning and every afternoon before and after Christmas :-) In any case, it's a very easy recipe, and it takes a bit of time to prepare. But for the last 40min of cooking you can also turn off the fire and leave the rice in the pot on its own and do something else in the meanwhile. So it really requires only about 30 min of attention.

God Jul!

Recipe for 8 portions of Julgröt:

6 dl water
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
3 dl round rice
1.4 l milk
2 sticks of cinnamon
3-4 tbsp sugar

Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil. Add rice and cinnamon, bring to a boil again and then lower the heat. Let cook for 10 min with lid on.
Add milk and bring to a boil again (mid temperature). *Then lower the temperature to the lowest possible and let it cook (lid on) for about 30-40 min. Don't lift the lid at the beginning.
Towards the end you can mix a bit with a wooden spoon and add sugar to your taste as well.
Serve with some cinnamon on top and some milk as well!

*At this point, you could also turn off the heat and leave your rice to cook slowly for about 45 min.