Here’s a book I’m excited about:
Fika, by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall. My friend Daytona told me about this book earlier this year and I ordered a copy shortly before we packed up our container in May for the Norway move. I was so excited to get it, but I opted to put it in one of the moving boxes so that it’d be here in Norway once we flew over in August. So I had a few months to wait before I really got to sit down with it! Fortunately, it was worth the wait.
As you might assume, this recipe book is all about fika, the beloved Swedish custom of the daily coffee break (with treats). I love the size of this book and I love the aesthetic, too – instead of photos, the book features adorable illustrations. It also features a lot of great background info, like exactly what fika’s all about, a history of Swedish coffee, pantry staples you’ll want to have on hand for the recipes, and so on. It’s straight up my alley.
I had a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to make first, but in the end I settled on a cardamom cake. I love cardamom (don’t we all?) and I guess I was craving a cake. This one ended up being a lovely breakfast treat for a few days (it goes well with coffee, after all). It’s simple to make, and the end result isn’t too fancy, but it’s delicious and elegant enough to make for a special occasion, as well.
The recipe called for a bundt pan, which I didn’t have, so I just used a normal cake pan. I quite like the result. Inside, the cake was spongy and fragrant, sweet but not too sweet. Just right. To keep it unfussy I topped it off with a dusting of powdered sugar. A bundt pan would definitely dress this simple cake up, but it’s nice to know it works well as a simple shape, particularly as a fika treat.
I’m very much looking forward to baking more things from Fika and with the weather cooling off in Tromsø, I’m sure there will be lots more baking in the near future.
Here’s to kitchen number seven!
2 thoughts on “fika: kardemummakaka”
Hi Diana, your baked goods look awesome! THis cake sounds very unique also! So where does one find your recipes? I didn’t see them on this blog. Thanks!
Hi Shirley, thanks! These aren’t “my recipes,” but rather this is a place to document what I bake out of Scandinavian baking books. Initially I was only baking out of The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas, but I’ve started to introduce other sources. As I mention in this post, the recipe for this cake came from a book called Fika, by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall (there are links to purchase the book on the publisher’s site in this blog post).
So I don’t post recipes here – rather I document what I’ve baked so I can remember what I liked best and what I might like to do again. It’s a great way to take notes on what worked well and what I needed to tweak, too. I know that’s not what a typical food blog is these days, but I started this blog mostly for myself! The one exception – when I do post recipes – is when I link to my pieces in the Norwegian American Weekly (like in this post: https://cardamomandcinnamon.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/the-norwegian-american-weekly-moving-to-norway/). Those recipes are free to access on the NA Weekly website.