As you know, I like my coffee.
Sweden is in the top 10 coffee consumers in the world. We like coffee in Sweden.
I mean, we reaaaaaally like coffee.
On a work trip to Stockholm a few years back my English colleague Clara didn’t slept at all that week due to the copious coffee consumptions.
But we not only drink coffee. You also eat buns, biscuits, patisseries, and cookies alongside it.
And you chat. You hang out in your favourite cafe for hours.
This is called FIKA and is part of the Swedish DNA.
More than often than not you’ll find Kladdkaka (Sticky Chocolate Cake) on the fika menu. It’s a firm favourite amongst Swedes and it’s easy to see why.
I added some Swenglish flavour and added dates to the recipe. The result was beautiful! Similar to a Sticky Toffee Pudding, but in Fudgy Chocolate Cake form. YUM.
Here is the recipe:
• 60g plain flour
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1 pinch salt
• 2 eggs
• 275g caster sugar
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 110g butter, melted
• 3 medium sized dates, cut into fine chunks
1. Turn the oven on 175°.
2. Melt the butter in a pan. Remove from the heat once melted.
3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; and set aside.
4. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla into the pan with the butter.
5. Now stir in your dry ingredients. Mix well.
6. Finally add your chopped dates. Stir the mixture.
7. Pour the batter into a well greased pan and put into the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes.
8. The cake will end up quite flat, with a hard surface and gooey centre. (Yay)
9. Let the cake cool on a metal rack.
10. Serve with some whipped cream or ice cream and fresh fruit.