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Swedish kladdkaka

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Kladdkaka is without doubt the best chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten!

Kladdkaka

If you’ve already tasted this Swedish chocolate cake you will confirm this wholeheartedly: nothing beats kladdkaka. It is also a very easy cake to bake! Yes, it is a calorie bomb but it’s worth every calorie 🙂 I sometimes substitute the butter with yogurt and the cacao with the light version to reduce the calories but to be honest: nothing beats the real thing!

Although I am not really into chocolate (yes, those kinda people do exist, even in Belgium – home of the best chocolatiers), this Swedish chocolate cake is a delicacy I am never going to refuse. Writing this article is mouth watering. So yes, I will be baking kladdkaka this weekend! And I bet so will you 🙂

Swedish chocolate cake: kladdkaka

Ingredients for this delicious Swedish chocolate cake:

To bake kladdkaka you don’t need a lot of difficult ingredients. I guess you have most of the products in your pantry or in your fridge. This makes it an excellent recipe for those relaxed sundays when all the grocery stores are closed and you are craving for something sweet!

What do you need for kladdkaka?

– 90 grams of flour
– 2 eggs
– 250 grams of sugar
– 3 tablespoons cocoa
– 100 grams of butter
– Vanilla sugar

You can alter the amounts if you want. Just multiply if you want to bake huge amounts.

How do you make kladdkaka?

Very easy, as I said. You just blend all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl!
Do your batter into a greased flat cake tin and put it in the oven at 170 °C for about half an hour. Serve still slightly warm, with some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream to top it off. Enjoy!

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Fika, the Swedish coffeebreak

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Fika is quickly becoming popular all over Europe. For ages it has been very popular in Sweden but now you hear about it more and more, outside of Sweden as well. We don’t mind as this Swedish coffeebreak is a very nice tradition! It is one of the first things I do when I’m in Sweden and it is also one of the habits that I miss the most when I get back home.

Fika what?

A cup of coffee with kanellbullar. It’s pretty much the cliché when one thinks of the Swedish coffeebreak. As I don’t drink any coffee (I know, that’s very weird in Sweden! So I do get the odd look every now and then when I say I don’t want to have a coffee but ask for some water or a hot chocolate milk instead), my favourite fika is a hot chocolate with a cardemom or cinnamom bun. I can really crave for those delicious cardemom buns!

Fika St Jakobs Stenugnsbageri Lund (4)

Is there anything more Swedish than fika? It is more than a regular coffee break. It is about really taking the time to sit down with friends, family or even on your own, while you’re enjoying a cup of coffee (Swedes are really addicted to coffee but you can also have a fika with tea, a hot chocolate or even a lemonade) and something sweet accompanying it (kanellbullar, cake,…) . This whole happening is deeply ingrained in the Swedish culture. A bit like the high tea in England but in a daily version!

The origin of “fika”

In the nineteenth century it was fashionable to put words backwords. Kaffi became ‘fika’. Originally, it meant nothing more than “coffee”. For older generations, the word still means nothing more than just coffee.

Fika at the office

In many Swedish companies they have a coffee break around 11 am. It’s a moment where everybody takes a break. No one dares to stay at his desk during fika. It is an ideal opportunity to socialize with your colleagues before getting back to work. Too bad we don’t have that tradition! I do try to get my colleagues tricked into it. And I surely have my hot chocolate and cinnamom bun as often as I can on home office days or when I am in Sweden!