For Christmas Dan bought me the ‘Fika’ cookbook from Ikea. It’s full of recipes for tasty sweet treats you can enjoy with friends over a cup of coffee or tea. Fika is the Swedish term for this moment of relaxation. I’m going to coin the term Fika and see if anyone notices me drop it in to a sentence or two. It sounds much less ‘prim and proper’ than afternoon tea, don’t you think?
The first and only recipe I’ve tried so far from this book is the chessboard biscuits. They require 5 ingredients are are simple and easy to make. I made them as Christmas presents, along with some Christmas pudding truffles (which I will of course blog about about when the time is right). See below:
- 200g butter (ideally at room temperature)
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- 400-500ml of plain flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Mix together the butter, sugar, flour and vanilla extract until the dough is smooth. Divide the mixture into two halves and place one to the side.
- Sift the cocoa into one half and mix.
- Divide each half into half again and roll into long sausages until they are 1-1.5cm thick.
- Place them together, with a light and dark length on the bottom and a dark and light length on the top. Try to do this on cling film to you can wrap them up and press them together. Place in the fridge for an hour.
- Cut along about 0.5mm wide into pieces and place on a baking tray. Bake for 8-10 mins on 175 degrees.