Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A sort of (Finnish) brownie with my twist

I made these (maybe Finnish) brownies a while ago. Usually the frosting has coffee in it, but I replaced it with orange juice as I'm not a huge fan of coffee.

4 eggs
3 dl sugar
150 g margarine/butter
200 ml milk
2 tsp vanilla sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3 tbl cocoa powder
500 ml flour

200 g Marabou's Daim chocolate

4oo ml (227 g) confectioner's sugar
2 tbl cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar
50 g of melted margarine/butter
orange juice from 4 tbl up to when the consistency is right

Beat the eggs and sugar into a foam. Add the melted butter. Mix up the dry ingredients together and add them to the batter through a sieve in turns with the milk. Add the crushed chocolate and stir it in. Pour the batter into a baking sheet covered with baking paper and bake in 200 C in the middle of the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Put together the dry ingredients of the frosting. Add the melted butter and orange juice in turns little by little until you have the right consistency. Pour the frosting on top of the little cooled down cake and spread it with a knife or a spatula to a even layer. Sprinkle with dried coconut or sprinkles. Let the frosting set and cut into squares.

Oven Baked Fries

The theme of the weekend before last was BBQ. The weather was fine and both on Saturday and Sunday our small coal grill served as a means for cooking our dinner. For a side dish on Sunday we had oven baked fries. In the lower picture you can also see sausage and veggie skewers.

I made the fries according to this recipe by Joy with the alteration that instead of Herbes de Province I seasoned the fries with sea salt, paprika and chili.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Whipped lingonberry porridge

For a long time I had wanted to have this wonderful whipped lingonberry porridge, the treat I remember from my childhood. I assume this is a Finnish thing? Anyway, one weekend I decided to finally turn the idea into reality. As I don't have lingonberries in my own freezer, I got some from the store and this porridge was delicious!

1 l water
1,5 dl semolina
1,5 dl sugar
200 g lingonberries (frozen)

Pour the water and the lingonberries into a saucepan. Heat up to a boil. Add sugar and the semolina while whisking hard. Let bubble for 5-10 minutes stirring now and then. Let the porridge cool down completely by placing the saucepan in cold water. (I let it cool down outside on its own as I made the porridge in the morning and was in no hurry with it.) Whip the cooled down porridge with a mixer so that it's light.

I always eat this with milk or cream.

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