Good morning everyone! Yesterday I baked some lovely vegan cinnamon buns adapted from a swedish recipe. It is just ridiculously easy to veganize yeast dough recipes! I replaced the butter and milk with margarine and soy milk and used a mix of wholemeal and regular flour to make them a tad more nourishing. All you need is an hour and a half and a bit of patience.
Yeast is a type of fungi that ferments the sugar in the dough into carbon dioxide. That’s why you activate the yeast in the beginning and let it prove multiple times: the gas forms bubbles and hence the dough expands. Once in the oven, the temperatures are too high for the fungus and the yeast dies. The air pockets remain, though, giving the dough a soft texture.
Kanelbullar are widely popular in Sweden and serve as perfect comfort food in autumn (or all round the year when you’re feeling down). In fact, I just had one for breakfast. You can easily produce large quantities, store them in a tin or a cookie jar and treat your friends to them. Enough said, here’s the recipe:
Have you ever baked your own bread? I’m telling you: All you need is three ingredients and an oven and you can make Swedish crispbread as we speak/write/read.
„Knäcka“ means crispy in Swedish. And it is crispyness, ideed, that is most characteristic for the Swedish “Knäckabröd”. Invented in Sweden in 500 AD, the thin cracker enjoys popularity in Scandinavia, Germany and among health-conscious people elsewhere. It tastes like crisps, it’s inexpensive, full of fibre and you can store it for ages. All you need is wholemeal rye flour, salt, and water. I’ve added extra seeds and grains for health benefits.
Frisian tea ritual
This week I will share with you a dish that I learned from my Danish housemate Lisbeth when I lived in Copenhagen two years ago. She always had a gigantic preserving jar with pickled plumsin her kitchen. Her secret ingredient: black tea. Now, I come from Germany’s wet and dreary North Sea coast where people are said to be consuming more black tea than anyone else in the world. So you can guess she got me exited with that recipe.