Desserts

Desserts

By
Steffi Knowles-Dellner
Contains
9 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781787130371
Photographer
Yuki Sugiura

It is no secret that the Swedes have a sweet tooth. The very fact that we have the word fika (to describe the act of sitting down with a cup of coffee and something sweet) goes to prove that we do not deprive ourselves of life’s temptations. However, we approach these things with a healthy dose of moderation. When I was growing up, desserts were not something you had every day. They didn’t complete a meal either. They were something extra and special, perhaps on a weekend, for a celebration or when you had friends over for supper.

If you ever have the pleasure of being invited to a Swedish dinner party, don’t necessarily expect a relaxed affair. We take pride in showing off our kitchen skills, homes and tables. There’s a formality to these events that often takes the uninitiated by surprise. Even raising a glass follows a strict protocol – eye contact is key. Desserts are the final flourish, of course. I remember my mother spending months planning her Midsummer’s Eve dinner menu and dessert was always the most carefully considered. One memorable year, she even made a cake involving thin layers of potatoes, which felt particularly elaborate.

Not all desserts have to be quite so complicated, of course. One of my favourites as a child was marängsviss (“meringue Swiss”). It was a simple and extremely decadent sundae with layers of crumbled meringue, ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. I have no idea what this had to do with Switzerland, but the fact that it had such a grand name only raised its reverence in my mind.

The recipes in this chapter have been created with this in mind – most are not particularly complicated to make, but are to be honoured and relished. In the spirit of lagom, if the rest of your meals have been healthy and you decide to have dessert, you should enjoy it wholeheartedly without even the slightest hint of guilt.

Recipes in this Chapter

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