Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

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We love this cake for summer parties. We shot it on a beautiful summer day by river Thames in London and tried it afterwards, it was one of those perfect moments, the sun was setting, we sat by the river, hi tide was coming and wet our feet… and we had a fantastic chocolate cake, yum!

Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake With Chocolate Fudge Icing

About 12 pieces

Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

  • 225 g butter, melted
  • 1 cup / 2 dl coffee
  • ½  cup / 1 dl cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup / 4 dl flour
  • 1½ cup / 4 dl brown or regular sugar
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate
  • 2 eggs
  • ½  cup / 1 dl sour cream

Chocolate Fudge Glaze

  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g light syrup
  • 50 g double cream
  • 25 g butter
  • 30 g dark chocolate, chopped

For Decoration

  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs (crushed cocoa beans)
  • 250 g cherries

      Pre-heat the oven to 347°F / 175°C. Grease a cake tin that fits 8-10 cups / 2-2½ l. Mix melted butter, coffee, vanilla extract and cocoa powder in a saucepan, then put aside. Mix flour, brown sugar and bicarbonate in a bowl. Beat the butter mixture, eggs and sour cream into the dry ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake in the center of the oven for about 55 minutes. Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes after baking, before turning the tin upside down on a plate. Let the cake keep on cooling without removing the tin while you make the glaze.

      Boil the sugar, syrup, cream and butter in a saucepan for a few minutes until the fudge thickens. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chocolate while stirring. 

      Let the glaze cool a bit without letting it become completely cold! It should only cool enough to thicken a bit so that it stays on the cake. Glaze the cake and sprinkle with cocoa nibs. Decorate with cherries. Let the glaze cool before cutting the cake into pieces.

Happy Halloween

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Hey, it’s finally Halloween again! October-November is like the best time of the year, first it’s Halloween and then Thanksgiving. I’m in nyc and will join the big parade that starts at Canal Street and goes along 6th Ave every year. As a neon glowing jellyfish:). But first I will make these amazing pumpkin pie pancakes, Elisabeth made them a few days ago when we shot this post at the studio in Stockholm and I promise they are delicious! /Susanna

Pumpkin pie pancakes with chia marmalade and cinnamon cream

4 servings 

  • 2 eggs
  • 180 g flour
  • 1¾ cup / 4 dl milk
  • ¾ cup / 1½ dl pumpkin pure, boiled och mixed  (Butternut or Moscato)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Whisk together the eggs, flour and half of the milk. Add the remaining milk, pumpkin pure and the other ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Let the batter cool for about 20 minutes in the fridge. Fry thin pancakes in butter, in a pan, on medium heat.

Chia marmalade

  • 1¾ cup / 4 dl mixed berries, blueberries and blackberries
  • 1 cup / 2 dl diced mangoes, frozen or fresh
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • ½ cup / 1 dl chia seeds
  • 5 tablespoons water

Mix all the ingredients for the chia marmalade in a bowl or in a glass jar. Put plastic or a lid on and let stand in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve with

  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon

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Orange and pistachio meringues

about 25-30 meringues

  • 1 cup/ 2 dl egg whites
  • 2 ¼ cup/ 4 ½ dl sugar
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest
  • 50 g dark chocolate 64-70%
  • orange food color
  • 5 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Pre heat the oven to 250˚F/120˚C.

Mix the egg whites and sugar in a stainless steel bowl. Put the bowl in a water bath and heat the meringue mixture to 136˚F/58˚C while whipping. Remove the bowl from the water bath and whisk with an electric mixer until it’s cooled. Add the orange zest. Melt the chocolate carefully in the microwave and turn it into the meringue so that it becomes marbled. Mix in a little orange food coloring. Place the meringues, using two spoons, on a baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle with pistachios. Bake the meringues in the oven for 35-40 minutes, they should be a little chewy in the centre.

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Pumpkin and orange ice cream

Pumpkin curd

  • 5 tablespoons pumpkin pure
  • 90 g sugar
  • 100 g soft butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest and juice

Whisk together the ingredients and simmer over medium heat until thickened. Pour the curd in a bowl directly, so that it does not become too hot in the bottom. Cool it and pour it into a piping bag.

Pumpkin and orange ice cream

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1¼ cup / 3 dl milk
  • 1¼ cup / 3 dl heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 180 g sugar
  • ¾ cup / 1½ dl pumpkin pure
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest and its juice

Serve with

  • ground cinnamon
  • maple syrup

Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the vanilla pod. Boil the milk and cream with the vanilla pod and seeds into a stainless steel saucepan. Whisk egg yolks and sugar fluffy. Pour the hot cream mixture over the yolks and pour everything back into the pan and stir. Simmer the mixture to 185˚F/85˚C or until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat, it should not boil. Add the pumpkin puree and orange zest and juice. Pour into a bowl and let cool. Run it in the ice cream machine. Swirl the curd into the ice cream and sprinkle ground cinnamon over. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.

We used these pretty black bowls, that stays cool if you hold them under cold tap water before serving, for our ice cream. You can also write on them with chalk. From Finnish Magisso (magisso.com).

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Pumpkin waffles with pumpkin and orange ice cream

Belgian waffles are baked in a Belgian waffle iron and get really fluffy and high, but it also works great to bake this in any other waffle iron.

12 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g butter
  • ½ cup / 1,5 dl milk
  • ½ cup / 1 dl water
  • ¾ cup / 1 ½ dl pumpkin pure
  • ¼ package dry yeast or 15 g yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 450 g flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ginger

Break the eggs and separate the yolk from the egg white. Pour the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl and the yolks in a separate bowl. Melt the butter, add the milk, water, pumpkin puree and the butter and heat to 99˚F/37˚C. Crumble the yeast into a bowl and pour the liquid over. Whisk in the egg yolks, salt, sugar, vanilla sugar, flour and spices in the liquid. Stir until it becomes smooth. Whisk the egg whites and fold into the mixture let the batter rest for 20 minutes. Bake the waffles in a waffle iron. Brush the waffle iron with butter between baking the waffles.

Caramelized nuts

  • 90 g sugar
  • 1 cup / 2 dl mixed nuts, brazil nuts, pecan och walnuts

Melt the sugar to a light brown caramel in a pan. Add the nuts and pour onto a baking sheet. Let cool and chop coarsely.

Serve the waffles with ice cream, maple syrup and nuts.

Raspberry Toffee

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Merry Christmas everyone! It’s time to jingle, mingle and make Christmas crimson toffee! 

Keep warm this holiday season! xoxo /Susanna and Elisabeth

Raspberry Toffee Dipped in White Chocolate 

About 32 pieces

  • 100 g pureed raspberries (with the seeds removed)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup / 1½ dl heavy cream
  • 1 cup / 2½ dl sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light syrup
  • Neutral food oil for the pan
  • 200 g white chocolate, chopped, melted and tempered
  • 2 tablespoons freeze-dried raspberries

Put a piece of lightly oiled parchment paper in a pan (about 6×8 inches or 15×20 cm). Mix all ingredients in a stainless steel pot. Heat the mixture until boiling and stir a couple of times. Boil until the mixture reaches 251˚-253˚F / 122˚-123˚C. Pour the mixture into the pan and let it set over night. Cut the toffee into pieces. Dip the pieces in the white chocolate and put them on a parchment paper. Spread the raspberries on top.

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Strawberry Ice Cream Wreath

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We made this delicious Strawberry Ice Cream Wreath for Style Me Pretty Living http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/. Make it on your biggest tray or serving plate.

 

Strawberry Ice Cream 

 

  • 10 servings
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 ⅔ cup  heavy cream
  • 7 egg yolks
  • ¾ cups cane sugar
  • 1 cup strawberry purée (blended and sifted strawberries)

Cut open and scrape the vanilla pod. Boil milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds in a stainless steel saucepan. Whisk the yolks and sugar fluffy Pour the hot cream mixture over the yolks and pour everything back into the saucepan and stir. Simmer the mixture to 185˚F / 85˚C or until it starts to thicken from heavy whisking. Take off the heat, do not let it boil. Pour the mass into a bowl and let it cool in an ice water bath. Sift the mass, add strawberry purée and use it in an ice cream machine. Put the ice cream in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Raspberry Meringue

 

About 40 pieces of meringue

 

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon raspberry purée
  • Red food dye

Set the oven to 210˚F / 100˚C. Whisk egg whites, sugar and vinegar in a stainless bowl. Put the bowl over a warm water bath and keep whisking until the paste is around 130˚F / 55˚C. Take the bowl off the heat and keep whisking until the meringue cools. Add raspberry purée and dye. Fill the meringue into a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle and pipe pieces of meringue onto a baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 h. When the pieces of meringue are loose from the baking paper and their bottoms are dry, they are done. Otherwise, you can turn off the oven and let the pieces be in the remaining heat for about 10 minutes. Let the meringue cool. Store in an airtight jar in room temperature.

 

  • 1 litre strawberries
  • 1 litre raspberries
  • 10 oat cookies

Put strawberries, raspberries, roughly chopped meringue, chopped oat cookies and strawberry ice cream in a circle on a big serving plate or a tray.

 

Happy Midsummer!

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Tomorrow one of Sweden’s big yearly feasts will be celebrated: midsummer. Most people will leave the city for the archipelago or the countryside and gather with friends at summerhouses. In the afternoon on midsummer’s night Swedes build maypoles and dance around them, singing quite amusing songs. One of the most popular goes:

 

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see,

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see,

No ears, no ears, no tails have thee,

No ears, no ears, no tails have thee,

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

We knew you would love it! After the dancing we eat, sing and drink snaps. A beautiful tradition is that if you pick 7 different kinds of flowers and put it under your pillow on midsummer’s night, you will dream about the one you love. Elisabeth and I went out in the woods to pick Sweet Cicely (spansk körvel in Swedish, Myrrhis Odorata in Latin) and as we already know who we love we put it in our snaps instead of under our pillows.

Summer in Sweden is short, so when it’s finally arriving, we make a big fuzz about it. Here are recipes for our Sweet Cicely snaps, a yummy midsummer ice cream dessert and a Sweet Cicely granité.

Happy midsummer everyone!

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Seasoned Vodka with Sweet Cicely – A Snaps for Midsummer

  • 1,5 cups / 3,5 dl unseasoned vodka
  • 4 twigs of cicely
  • 2 teaspoons whole aniseed
  • ½ teaspoon fennel
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Put the twigs of cicely in a bottle and fill up with the vodka. Roughly pestle the aniseed and fennel in a mortar and add. Add cumin. Let it be for 3 days. Filter the vodka through a coffee filter. Serve ice cold.

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Cicely and Melon Granité

Makes a great small chilly meal in between courses or put it in a champagne glass and pour champagne over it – yum!

6 servings

  • 1 green melon, Ogen
  • 1 green apple
  • 10 g Sweet Cicely
  • 3½ tablespoons vodka
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ½ lemon, the juice

Peel and seed the melon. Divide the melon and apple into pieces of about 3-4 cm/1½ inch. Put the melon, apple and cicely in layers and blend them with a raw juice centrifuge. Mix the juice with vodka, sugar and lemon juice. Freeze everything in a stainless bowl overnight. Take out the bowl in room temperature for 5 minutes and carefully whip up ice crystals with an electric mixer. Whip at the top first and then slowly lower the mixer. Put the bowl back into the freezer until it is time to serve.

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Strawberries with Coconut Ice Cream

6-8 servings

  • 1⅔ cups / 4 dl milk
  • 0,4 cup / 1 dl heavy cream
  • 0,8 cup / 2 dl coconut cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 0,8 cup / 2 dl caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut chips
  • 1-2 litres pounds / 1-2 litres fresh strawberries

Boil milk, cream and coconut cream in a stainless steel saucepan. Whisk yolks and sugar. Pour the hot cream over the yolks in a smooth stream, whisk meanwhile. Pour it all back into the saucepan. Whisk and let the mixture simmer to 85˚C or until it starts thickening. Take off the heat, do not let it boil. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cool. For the best result, let the mixture mature in the refrigerator overnight, or let it cool first and then cool it further in the refrigerator before using it in the ice cream machine. Filter and use the ice cream machine. Put the ice cream in the freezer for 1-2 h. Serve with fresh strawberries and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

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Strawberry Shake

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Hey Australia! We have plenty of Australian readers and though it’s minus in New York today and chilly in Stockholm, it’s summer in Australia. So here you go, lucky ones! A yummy strawberry shake to cool you down. Thanks for reading our blog!

Strawberry Shake

4 servings

  • 125 g strawberries
  • 2 pints / 1 l strawberry ice cream
  • 1 cup / 2,4 dl milk
  • Freeze-dried berries for garnish.

Cut the strawberries into small pieces. Put in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the ice cream and blend. Pour milk into the mixture until you get the desired texture. Pour into chilled small bottles or glasses and garnish with freeze-dried berries.

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