Friday, December 19, 2014

The scent of Christmas

Homebaked pepparkakor // Swedish gingerbread cookies  |  The scent of Christmas on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

After our abundant julbord in Biskops Arnö a few weeks ago we came home with absolutely no room for dinner but a hankering for something festive and sweet (naturally).

So we pulled out the antique cookie cutters my mother-in-law had bought at the market and set about to making Sweden's famous gingerbread Christmas cookies: the pepparkaka. They're best served in adorable shapes (I'm partial to the piglet), with or without a smear of blue cheese (seriously, sounds odd but tastes amazing), and enjoyed alongside a warm, spiced mug of glögg (preferably with a drop or two of cognac swirling around).

We turned on some Christmas carols, lit a few candles and set about to rolling out the dough and cutting out as many shapes as we could from each stretch of heavenly-scented goodness. They bake quickly, hanging out for no more than 5 minutes in the oven until they're ready to be popped out onto the counter top to finish hardening. Then we scooped them into a Santa-napkin lined wooden crate left over from the clementines we'd brought home a day earlier and straight to the coffee table in the living room they went.

With the fragrance of ginger heavy on the air and swirling about with citrus from the fruit bowl and floral from the newly-opened hyacinth plants and then all of it mingling joyfully with our steaming cups of cinnamon, cardamom and clove-y glögg, it finally felt like Christmas had come into the apartment from the city's lit-up streets outside.

One year ago: Feasting, seasonally
Two years ago: Frissons & Monday meanders: 1 & Wistfulness & Latte pappas

2 comments :

  1. Do you have a recipe for these lovely deals?

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  2. Here you go, dear, happy sniffing! :)

    http://foodieunderground.com/pepparkakor-making-swedish-holiday-gingersnaps/

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