So, I thought maybe someone "punked" e-how.com with this swedish coffee recipe - I mean, I have never in my life heard of doing this and it sounded like a recipe for salmonella poisening (did I mention I'm food safety certified), but I followed the instructions exactly, except for I strained it though a very fine wire strainer five times to make sure all the grinds and egg bi-products were removed. I then tasted it: it was very strong, similar to Starbucks, but very mellow with no after-taste. I had a few family members try it, and they thought it was pretty good. Will I make it again?...no. But, that's because it is too much work for me - when I need caffeine, I don't have time to crack eggs and their shells into it...and then strain it out. But now I know how to made Swedish Coffee.
Of course I made a Swedish pastry to go along with the coffee. I decide to make Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Rolls) to go along with it. I used the following recipe: http://scandinavianfood.about.com/od/coffeecakessweetbreads/r/cinnamonrolls.htm
1) I halved the recipe. Forty Kanelbullar looked a little extensive. I made 16 out of the halved recipe.
2) Cost Plus World Market was out of ground cardamom (a spice I have ever used), so I bought a jar of the whole cardamom pods and ground them myself...here is a lesson learned. I put the whole pods into the "Magic Bullet" and ground them up...I was lefty with a mess...it then occurred to me that I needed to shell the cardamom before grinding. So I took about 15 of the pods (to make about 1 tsp), popped them open, and THEN ground them into the "Magic Bullet." Once ground, it looked kind of like a steak seasoning blend (black, brown, red) and it had a very strong smell kind of like a mix of pepper, cinnamon, ginger and something else. It didn't smell great by itself.
|I also found these at Cost Plus World Market in Smyrna, GA on the spice aisle|
4) The recipe says to use Pearl Sugar, which I hear can be found at IKEA or purchased online. I wasn't adventurous enough to drive out to IKEA today so I used regular granulated sugar, which I think worked just fine. If you want to know more about it, go to this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nib_sugar Also, if you google "where to buy pearl sugar" several different websites come up.
|The rolls before I put them into the oven - I did bake a few extra minutes than it said|
Salander, the leading lady in the book, who lives in Stockholm, has everyday meals consisting of sandwiches made of eggs and herring or caviar. It seemed an odd combination, but very common in Sweden. Blomkvist (the leading man) and Vanger have a more formal dinner in freezing cold city of Hedestad consisting of Roast Hare, Currant Jelly and Potatoes. One day, while he went to Konsum, "he discovered fried sausage with potatoes and beets - a dish he had never been fond of but for some reason it seemed suited to a cabin in the country." After reading this, I wanted to look into Swedish cuisine a little further, as I have never really cooked or eaten it to my knowledge. Trust Wikipedia was a wealth of knowledge:
While I was a Cost Plus World Market looking for my cardamom, I also found Lingonberry jam, which tasted kind of like cranberry sauce. It might be good on the rolls!
|I found this at Cost Plus World Market in Smyrna, GA with the other jellies/jams|