known specialties and lesser known delicacies. This year there was the added bonus of novelty catering by IKEA as the ultimate Eurovision country was hosting. Sweden.
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A modest search on Google conjured up 'Swedish Icebox Cookies'. They didn't sound very authentic but they did hit the bill as far as being able to be made in advance. The two things that made them Swedish were the heritage of the person who posted the recipe on All Recipes and the fact that the cookies contained Caraway. Caraway is actually the fruit of a plant though we think of it as a seed. It has an anise like flavour and is a hugely popular ingredient in Scandinavian countries where it is used to flavour rye breads and the spirit (fire water) Akavit.
This is a very simple recipe that can be easily made by kids. They are great at breakfast with a cup of hot coffee after a big night of celebrating - as we found out.
Swedish Icebox Cookies
- 250g butter, softened
- 1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 - 3 cups plain flour, sifted (see note)
- 15g Caraway seeds (approx 3 tbsp)
- 2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Stir in eggs and vanilla extract to combine
- Sift 2 1/2 cups of flour into bowl. Add Caraway seeds and walnuts
- Stir ingredients well to form a stiff dough. You may need more flour or 2 1/2 cups may be sufficient - this depends on the humidity, size of eggs etc
- Form dough into a long log, rolled in cling wrap or greaseproof paper. Chill for at least 2 hours
- Remove dough from fridge and cut into 1 cm slices.
- Bake for 10 - 12 minutes in oven pre-heated to 175c
Makes approx 45
- After adding first two + half cups of flour, the dough will be quite stiff so if you do add more flour, I suggest you mix it with your hands to make sure it's well incorporated
- I've selected 15g of Caraway seeds as this is the size of a standard bag of Hoyts Caraway available as most supermarkets. The measurement does not need to be exact.
- This makes a lot of cookies (depending of their size) so I froze half of the dough to use another time. Just defrost and slice.
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