Saturday, May 31, 2014

Five Details

Since I won't have all my baking equipment with me during the summer holidays I have been baking like crazy for this past week so that you can still get some delicious updates during the next coupple of months. 


I'm going to start a new series called 'Five Favorite' where I'm going to be shearing my five favorite restaurants, online baking shops, desserts and a lot of other favorites, the list goes on and on. I really hope that you are going to like it! 


Mint nails and pastry.  Two things I just can't get enough of! 

I'm so happy that summer is back. Lately I've spent a lot of time in the park with my friends, BBQing, drinking wine and just enjoying the weather and the warm nights. 
Almost makes me want to stay here in Lund over the summer.. but then I would have to make my friends stay here too and that isn't really a possibility.. 

I still adore these two mugs that i got from my sisters friend Sanne Dahlström two months ago! 
She makes them in her atelier and when I first saw a picture on instagram of the one to the left I just knew that I needed it in my life! I just love when you buy something and you get happy from just looking at it! Who say's money can't buy happiness?!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Home Made

A long time ago I saw this cookie stamp somewhere on the internet and just fell in love with it (it's at this point my friends would say ''such a Sofia thing to say..''). Earlier this week I went in to a store in Malmö and saw it, how could I not buy it?! 
If you don't have a cookie stamp you can still make these cookies but just roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to make the shapes. 
This is a really simple recipe and only takes about an hour. 

What you need: 
6 dl flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt 
200g butter
1 egg yolk
2 dl sugar
1 tablespoon milk

How you make them: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius. 
Step2: Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
Step3: Add the butter and then the egg yolk and the other ingredients. 
Step4: Shape the dough to golf ball sized balls and then take the cookie stamp and just press down on the dough. If the dough gets stuck in your cookie stamp just add some more flour to the dough. Put the cookies on some baking paper and then bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Step5: When you take them out of the oven turn them upside down and put a few chocolate chips on the flat surface of each cookie and let them melt and them use a knife to cover the surface with chocolate. 
Step6: Place them on a cooling rack and leave them there till the chocolate has solidified again. 


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Raspberry Macarons

This time of the year when it's hot outside and the sun is just shining all the time the most delicious things to eat are things that aren't that heavy, thing that are fresh and fruity and what is better then a little macaroon. My favorite macaron has always been a chocolate macaron but even that can be to sweet and heavy when you're just looking for something small. 
These macarons taste really fresh and take about an hour and a half to make. 

If you don't know all the do's and don'ts of making macarons I love this video from Dulce Delight, she does a great job at explaining everything that has to do with macarons! 

What you need: 

For the shell:
2 egg whites 
0,25dl sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
2.5dl confectioners sugar
1.5dl almond flour 
A pinch of salt

For the filling: 
3.5 dl frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
0.5 dl sugar

How you make them:

Start with the macaron shells:
Step1: Preheat yor oven to 150 degrees Celsius. 
Step2:mix the confectioners sugar with the almond flour and vanilla sugar and sift it into a bowl.
Step3whisk the egg whites together with a salt until it's become a hard foam. Then add the sugar and keep mixing it until the meringue has become blank. 
Step4: Carefully add the almond mixture to the meringue. It should look the same as before just a bit more fluid. Make sure not to mix it to hard so that the egg whites don't loose to much of their consistency. 
Step5: Spread baking sheets out on a pan and pipe the batter in even sizes (about two cm in diameter). Put them in the oven for about 12 minutes. Let them cool down before you touch them. 

Continue with the jam filling: 
If you want to save some time you can just buy any raspberry jam at the store and fill your shells with that but you can also make your own jam! 
Step6: In a blender or food processor, puree the raspberries and then pour them into a medium sized sauce pan.
Step7: Add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a boil, keep stirring until it has thickened and then let it cool. 

The last step: 
Step8: Put the jam in a piping bag with a round tip and pipe it on to half of the shells and then just put another shell (without any filling on it) on top like a mini hamburger!

For some reason I always make a few mini macarons, I just think that they are so cute! 
(I know, I'm weird..) 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Eat Me!

Lemon meringue pie if my all time favorite pie, It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour and I just can't get enough of t! For this pie I used the recipe from one of my favorite dessert books: Sweet by Roy Fares!
I made it a bit bigger though so I used twice the amount of filling then in the original recipe and i also added the lemon zest for that extra lemony taste. 

What you need: 
For the crust: 
120g butter that is room temperature
1dl confectioners sugar
3dl flour 
1 egg yolk

For the filling: 
2.5 dl lemon juice
4dl sugar
2,5dl water
2dl water
1dl maizena
4 egg yolks 
80g butter
zest from two lemons

For the meringue: 
4 egg whites
0.75dl water
2.5dl sugar

How you make it: 

Start with the crust, 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Step2: Mix all the ingredients together, wrap it in saran wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. 
Step3: roll it out to a big circle that is about 4mm thick and then place it in a pan with a loose bottom and use a knife to remove the dough that is not deeded along the edges.
Step4: poke small holes in the bottom with a fork and then bake it in the oven for about 15 minutes till its golden brown.
Step5: Take it out, let it cool and turn of the oven because you won't be needing it anymore. 

Continue with the filling, 
Step6: In a sauce pan mix lemon juice 2.5dl water and sugar and bring it to a boil. 
Step7: In a bowl mix 2dl water, maizena and egg yolks together and make sure that the maizena doesn't create any lumps. (keep the egg whites in a ceparate bowl for the meringue!) 
Step8: pour the warm fluids into the bowl with the cold fluids and combine well. 
Step9: Pour the whole mixture back into the sauce pan and stir until it becomes thicker. 
Step10: Pour it back into the bowl and add the butter in small pieces and stir it so that the butter melts and add the lemon zest.
Step11: Let it cool
Step12: Pour the filling into the crust and spread it out to a even layer. 
Step13: Put the pie into the freezer for an hour. 

When the pie has been in the freezer for 40 minutes start making the meringue: 
Step14: Whisk the egg whites until they become a fluffy, white foam. 
Step15: in a sauce pan bring water and sugar to a boil. (to 121 degrees Celsius) 
Step16: Add the sugar mixture to the egg whites a tablespoon at a time and combine well between the additions. 
Step17: Take the pie out of the freezer and pipe the meringue on top of the pie or just spread it out with a spoon. 
If you have a blowtorch you can blowtorch the top of the meringue to give it a little color. 

FINITO!!



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lovely Links


1. My daily struggle! (You've go to love Ellen!)
2. 27 Ways To Use Avocado.
3. Tips-And-Tricks To Make Your Day Easier,
4. Melon ball ice cubes.
5. DIY Donut rug.
6. DIY Funfetti candles.
7. Best Flower Arranging Trick!
8. Chocolate chip layer cake.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cookie Tower!

Today's accomplishment: i made chocolate chip cookies, and then i made a cookie tower out of those cookies! .. Yeah it's been a slow day. You can find the cookie recipe here


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Je Voudrais


1. I've been eyeing these sneakers by Steve Madden and Chiara Feragni since i first saw a picture of them on instagram ages ago!   //   2. Zara Leather jacket.   //   3. I've been dreaming about this baby for a couple of months now. It's just something that i would really consider spending that amount of money because it's simple, beautiful and will last a long time because it's great quality!   //   
4. Le Specs sunglasses.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pizza Party

So yesterday was fun! I had a few of the girls over for a Pizza party which is something I have never done before! 
Usually when we have dinner we eat tacos because it's so simple and everyone can make their own combo, but I thought it was time for something new. 
What I did was that I bought all sorts of different toppings and then I made one large pizza dough and divided it into five separate pieces so that everyone could make their own pizza just the way that they wanted! When everyone had finished making their pizzas we just put them all in the oven and waited for about 20 minutes, had some wine, caught up and after that it was time to dig in! 
During the entire time we had the Eurovision song contest playing on the TV in the background. Must admit that this is the first time in about 12 years that I haven't watched the entire thing! 
I really thought that this was a fun idea and everyone loved it!


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Instafavorites from April

One of my two favorite purchases from this month, this gorgeous necklace from Zara.  //  I couldn't resist taking a picture of the grass that was pink instead of green from all the flower petals  //  Second favorite purchase of the month - this gorgeous pink jacket (also from Zara of course, like the rest of my wardrobe)

Love that spring gas finally arrived, now I can just sit on my balcony and enjoy the sun!  //  Sunset over Stadsparken in Lund.  //  This doughnut was so pretty but unfortunately it tasted so artificial that I only took one bite of it. 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Childhood cheesecake

This is my favorite type of cheesecake! You can divide it into two layers, you have the creamy-dreamy top half and then the bottom half is where you find all the cottage cheese and almonds.
I learnt how to make it when I was eight years old and at that time I didn't like cheesecake at all (or cottage cheese for that matter) but this one is what changed my mind. It's really easy to make, doesn't take a lot of time and isn't really that fancy. Just something that you can throw together as a simple dessert. Takes a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes to make. 

What you need: 
3 eggs
0.5dl sugar
0.5dl flour
1dl finely chopped almonds
3dl cream
500g Cottage cheese

How you make it: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius
Step2: Mix the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. 
Step3: Add the rest of the ingredients, flour, finely chopped almonds, cream and cottage cheese. 
Step4: Butter a oven dish and pour the mixture into the dish. 
Step5: Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. The top of the cake should be golden brown 

You can serve it warm or cold (I personally prefer it when it's warm).
Top it with some whipped cream and fresh berries. 




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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Vegan apricot balls

These vegan treats are really delicious! You can taste all the different ingredients when biting into them and are a perfect little sweet substitute for the normal things that you can find on this blog.
They are extremely simple to make and it only takes about 20 minutes.  

What you need:
100g almonds
0.5dl light brown sugar
150g dried apricots
2 tablespoons syrup 
0.25dl water
3dl coconut flakes (1.5 for the mixture and 1.5dl to roll them in. )
2 teaspoons cocoa

How you make them: 
Step1: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, process the almonds into very small pieces but not powder, about 20 seconds, then add the brown sugar and just combine it. Pour it into a separate bowl.
Step2: mix the dried apricots in the mixer till it looks like a paste, add the syrup and water and mix a little more. 
Step3: Add the almonds and sugar, 1.5dl coconut flakes and the cocoa, combine the mixture well. 
Step4: Roll small balls out of the mixture and roll them in coconut flakes. 

Store them in your refrigerator. 


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