Swedes like to have coffee parties (kaffekalas). Indeed Sweden appears to be the only country in the world that describes a group of half a dozen people meeting for coffee as a party! It’s just that we love parties, so we just look for opportunities to have one. To be honest the excitement of planning the party is often as much fun as the party itself!
A kaffekalas should include seven different kinds of cookies, as well as buns, sponge cake and ideally a cake with a whipped cream topping. Of course it is always impossible to eat everything and so we normally provide paper bags next to the coffee cups to allow the party goers to take home whatever is left over.
Dreams (drömmar) is one of my favourites. They are wonderfully sweet and with a delicate vanilla scent. I like to add some cornflakes or rice crispies, but if you want a more traditional version replace them with an extra 100 g flour and an extra 100 g caster (superfine) sugar. Karin Fürst
• For a variation top each one with half an almond before baking.
• These keep well for several days in airtight jars or freeze for future use.
|200 g||(1 cup)||sugar|
|1 tbsp||vanilla sugar|
|100 g||(4 oz)||butter|
|220 g||(1¾ cups)||plain (all-purpose) flour|
|2 tbsp||potato flour (starch)|
|200 ml||(0.85 cups)||corn flakes or Rice Krispies (Rice Bubbles)|
|1 tsp||hjorthornssalt (ammonium carbonate)*|
|100 ml||7 tbsp||cooking oil e.g. rapeseed, corn or sunflower|
*In the UK potato flour (starch) is usually obtainable from health food stores if you can't find it in your local supermarket.
*To learn more about hjorthornssalt (ammonium carbonate) click here.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 150°C (300°F, Gas 2, Fan 140°C).
2. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
3. Beat the sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
4. Drizzle in the oil.
5. Mix the hjorthornssalt (baker’s ammonia) with a little plain (all-purpose) flour and blend into the butter sugar mixture.
6. Mix in the rest of flour and the potato flour (starch).
7. Mix in the corn flakes or Rice Krispies (Rice Bubbles).
8. Divide the mixture into about 40 round balls. Arrange them on baking trays.
9. Bake them in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes until dry but remove them before they brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
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