Sweet and Savory Swedish Baking Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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this cookbook does have a lot of american, british, and italian recipes, but contains some of the best recipes for the foods i loved so much during my year in sweden: chokladbollar (chocolate coconut bombs), kardemummaknutar (those cardamom rolls), prinsesstårta (princess cake), kladdkaka (that sticky toffee cake), and two very swedish breads: knäckebröd and dalabröd. i like that she included so many varieties of sugarcakes, as they are extremely common in sweden, and the texture of the muffin recipes are consistent with swedish muffins, not american ones. other recipes have a swedish twist: the chocolate chip cookies call for lime zest, and many use cardamom... a spice i was hardly aware of until being inundated with it in every swedish pastry i tried! and all the different elderflower/berry items! love it. you can watch her make some of the recipes on her show, "leila bakar", on the website [...].
BUT if you want some really interesting and unusual recipes, many of which have a Swedish twist to them, look into this book. I've made a few of the crackers and rolls to great effect. And it's rare to get so many interesting recipes for non-sweet baked goods.
Know what you're getting, and appreciate the special treat this is. Skyhorse Publishing is bad at titles - Jan Hedh's Swedish Breads and Pastries which they also publish is only a little bit more Swedish than this book.
Four stars rather than five because some of the recipes need a bit of editing. But if you're an experienced and confident baker you'll do just fine.