Archive for December, 2010

Rocky Road candy

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

This a super easy recipe for a very rich chocolaty Christmas candy. The original recipe comes from Swedish chef Leila Lindholm, however I’ve changed the quantities, specifically the amount the dark chocolate. To be honest I never had the chance to try these. Around Christmas every year I make 4-5 different kinds of home made candies which I bring to work, and the Rocky Road was so popular that my colleagues ate it in no time!

    Rocky Road

    200 gram dark good quality chocolate, at least 70 % ( I used Lindt 80 %)
    1 bag (approx 200 gram) “dumlekola” (soft toffee covered in chocolate)
    1 handfull of mini marshmallows (or regular sized cut in smaller pieces)
    150 ml salted peanuts
    100 ml pistachios

    Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. Mix it with the remaining ingredients. Spread out as evenly as possible in a small parchment covered baking pan. Allow to cool in fridge and when firm cut in squares.

Gingerbread lanterns

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Are you bored of gingerbread houses? Why not make a lantern instead? A gingerbread lantern is a fun and easy project. You need gingerbread dough, hard candies in different colours, sugar, icing and sprinkles.

First you crush the hard candies.

Roll out the gingerbread dough. Cut out 4 rectangles or squares directly on a lined baking sheet, I used a lid from one of my tins for the rectangles. Cut out patterns with cookie cutters and stamp the dough with text and cutters. The only limit is your imagination! Fill all the holes with the crushed candies. Bake in 175 degrees C for about 10 minutes until the candy has melted.

Let the pieces cool. If the edges are a bit crooked, polish them at a 45 degree angle with a very sharp grater (I use one of my microplane). Melt the sugar (be careful!). Dip the edges in the sugar and carefully assemble 4 rectangles together. When completely cool and stable, decorate with icing and sprinkles!

Once ready put a small candleholder with a candle in each lantern. And remember to never leave a candle unattended!

Star Wars cookie cutters!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

One and a half week ago I was in New York for a “girls only trip” with Lena and Anne. We had a great time and when we went to Williams-Sonoma I bought a set of Star Wars cookie cutters (along with some other cookie cutters. Yes, I admit. I am a cookie cutter addict). For the cookies in the photo I used the recipe on the box, which turned out great. The cookies were a success at Fredrik’s game night with his friends despite the fact that I didn’t have the time to decorate them with frosting. Instead I opted for a very easy solution; after cutting out/stamping the cookies I sprinkled coloured sugar in the indentations and brushed away the excess before baking them.