2013-12-22

Celebrating MY way finale! Goodies + GIVEAWAY



Happy 4th of Advent and Merry Winter Solstice!


The holidays are in full swing and we have arrived at the last of the four
Advents and the finale of this blog challenge. I have had great fun
celebrating interactively with you guys, and I hope you have too!

 Four candles are lit on our dinner table, and I took a little
walk around the property, picking some fir and moss for decoration.
The tiny glasses with three different kinds of moss are going in
a Jul basket with lots of other goodies for my parents on Julafton.






Since many years back I am most often chiefly responsible for the
"candy table" on Julafton. This suits me perfectly since I am a candy,
baked goods and dessert kind of girl, but also because living and working
the way that I do, I can only really bring stuff made a few days in advance.
So for my final post I am sharing some of my homemade treats!



Chewy chocolate caramel with almonds

I have been calling it 'fudge' since I met Cinnamon man,
but only a few days ago (when I made real fudge for the first time)
did I realize that the Swedish kola is more of a caramel. It is boiled
for quite a while and it can be made very chewy or almost rock hard.

This year I went for chewy and for my little nieces sake I made
1/3 of the batch without almonds (below left). The adults prefer with.
 After it set I cut it into little squares and wrapped them in waxed paper.






Saffron sponge cake with butter vanilla filling

This is the best sponge cake ever! And it's super simple to make!
Just make a normal fluffy sponge cake, it doesn't matter if it's a little dry.
After beating the egg and sugar together, beat in 0,5 grams of saffron
for a normal size round cake (I made mine half the size this time).

Melt a stick of butter (125 g) with a big glass of milk in a pan. Let boil
for a couple of minutes, then whisk in a tablespoon of vanilla powder.
Let both cake and sauce cool, slice the cake into two layers and flip
the top layer over. Drip the sauce over the insides of both layers, then put
the cake back together. Sift confectioners sugar over before serving.

This cake gets is even better after a night in the fridge. The sauce
and cake really marry and become a delectably moist and rich dessert :)






Walnut raisin whole grain bread

 After following bread recipes to a 'T' for a few years and being
disappointed almost every time, I now just throw in whatever I want
and use my eyes and fingers to measure things like flour and time.
I like my bread with goodies inside and several different types of flour.

My best bread baking tips are: Add a big handful of oats for fluffiness,
and double the rising time for both the dough and the shaped loaves.



 



  Peanut butter fudge

This year was the first time I've ever made "Anglo-Saxon style" fudge
(or made anything at all with peanut butter for that matter). We don't really do
peanut butter in Sweden, but I wanted to try something new. Cinnamon man
reminded me of the peanut butter jar he keeps in the pantry and I gave it a go.

I used a regular fudge recipe I found on-line, with only 4 ingredients;
Butter, peanut butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Super easy!
This type of fudge is ridiculously yummy, rich and sweet :)
I realized quickly that I could eat myself sick on it, but Cinnamon man
has been eating it every night and he seems fine. Is it an American thing? :)






Chocolate oatmeal coconut balls

These are a Swedish classic, but not everyone makes them for Jul.
It is a no-bake treat and it is the first cake/candy I ever learned to make.
They are absolutely delicious and I eat them all through the holidays :)

The balls mainly consists of oatmeal, sugar, butter and pure cocoa,
but I also throw in vanilla, a little coconut and a dash of espresso.
Mix it all together, let it set in the fridge for a couple of hours,
then roll into little balls and roll in coconut. Let set in fridge
for another couple of hours. Take out 30 minutes before eating.






The winner of last week's giveaway is Insomniac's Attic!
Congratulations, and please email me your address!

My last GIVEAWAY for the season is a secret feel good package,
made up of pretty things, lovely scents and other bits and bobs!
All you have to do to join is be or become a follower, and leave a comment
on this post. The giveaway is international and open until New Year's Eve.






 Thank you all so much for sharing your holidays with me!
My December has been full of ups and downs, and while I have loved
reading about your celebrations and traditions, I feel like I haven't really
gotten to share all that I wanted with you guys. But I hope you all have
a wonderful time the coming weeks - whichever way you celebrate!


God Jul!




 





42 kommentarer:

  1. First, thanks for such an awesome party. I had a blast!

    Wow, if I were put in charge of the candy table, no one would get to taste a sweet. My sweet tooth has no scruples and knows not the meaning of sharing ;-D

    Those Chocolate oatmeal coconut balls sound delicious! I think I will try the recipe.

    Here is the link to my last post: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/12/ax-and-butterscotch-necklace-giveaway.html

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    1. I came back to look at the pictures, and YUM!

      Radera
    2. I'm glad you had a good time!

      I always make extra of everything, and that sponge cake was actually just for me (...and Cinnamon man) I need to almost be fed up with the candy before Jul, or I will eat myself sick on Julafton :)

      If you want the complete recipe to the chocolate balls, just give me a holler.
      God Jul!

      Radera
  2. God Jul! Happy Solstice.
    I also have a strong sweet tooth and would sample everything on that table.
    Isn't it fun (and delicious) to discover new foods that you fall in love with?
    And others that you make part of family tradition.

    American's love their fudge - and it comes in hundreds of flavors so we never tire of it.
    Please visit my post here:
    http://lovevisiting.blogspot.com/2013/12/how-do-you-celebrate-holiday-traditions.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Since a few years back I have discovered things like caramel corn and peanut butter, and I'm sure I will continue adding lovely American things to my repertoire!

      God Jul to you too!

      Radera
  3. All those treats sound wonderful! I love sweets too but am giving up sugar beginning on New Years Day so I doubt I'll have time to try those. Happy Holidays!
    blessings
    ~*~

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I understand that you might have to give up sugar for your health and I wish you luck and better health in the new year. But I have family members who have done the GI/LCHF diets, and they just sound atrocious. I will pop in to see how you're doing!

      Radera
  4. Mmmm yes that peanut butter fudge is fatal isn't it? I can only eat a couple of pieces, so so sweet! My grandmother makes peanut butter balls each year, which is basically a big lump of peanut butter coated in chocolate. Very fattening and filling! Also we make French Canadian butter tarts, which is sort of like a mini pecan pie tart!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I will have to look up these French Canadian butter tarts, they sound delicious!

      God Jul!

      Radera
  5. This was a great idea for a blog-hop! I enjoyed seeing others' blogs and Yule traditions so much. Your sweets look awesome -- you've made me hungry! I wrote a post for this last day:
    Lexa Cain Blog

    SvaraRadera
  6. This has been so much fun. Thank you for this fun blog hop. I've enjoyed your sharing and that of the others. Here is my 4th Sunday contribution. Merry Jingles to everyone.http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogspot.com/2013/12/4th-sunday-of-how-do-you-celebrate.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, it's good to have a little fun now and again :)

      Radera
  7. Oh my goodness, those treats make my mouth water, especially those coconut balls.
    Would love to participate in your giveaway. Following you through Bloglovin. Happy holidays.
    eeriestories75(at)gmail(dot)com

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, they are really better than most other treats I've tried! You are entered in the draw :)

      Radera
  8. Happy Solstice. Thank you for sharing your traditions and encouraging us to share ours. :)

    SvaraRadera
  9. It was a fun blog event, Ms. Misantropia! I promise to participate next year (if you do it again) when we're in our new place and I can take some proper photos - it's really hard to get a decent picture in these beige surroundings. ;o)

    And ... I WON, I WON, I WON! :D

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    1. Ha ha - congratulations Insomniac's Attic :)

      Radera
    2. I would love for you to join next year, Ms Insomniac. And I feel for you, beige sucks :)

      I have received your email and will get your gift to you after the Jul days!

      Radera
  10. What a scrumptious post!
    You really are a lady of many talents.
    Those delicious sweet treats! Oh my! You give Willy Wonka a run for his money!

    I think I'm with Magaly on this one.
    I wouldn't be sharing many either, my sweet tooth wouldn't allow it!

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful blog hop, it's been truly interesting.

    I can't wait for the next one! :)

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne!
      But like I told Magaly, I make sure to make extra of everything - to the point that I'm sick of it come Jul :)

      I'm glad you liked playing. I might do something again in February when I come up on 3 years of blogging.

      God Jul!

      Radera
  11. It all looks delicious!!!! The saffron sponge cake sounds delicious!

    SvaraRadera
  12. Well, I'm completely ravenous now! Drool-worthy goodies! Yum!! Congrats to Insomniac's Attic! It's been all work and no play for me this December, so I've missed a lot of the festive Blogland shenanigans, but I'm going to try and catch up over the next couple of days!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I understand you've been busy, but I'm glad you joined when you could!

      God Jul :)

      Radera
  13. Congratulations to Insomniac's Attic for winning! This has been a really fun blog party, Ms Misantropia, and I've learned a lot. I love the recipes (that cake sounds glorious) and I'm up to my elbows in flour and sugar right now, in a baking frenzy.

    http://rhissanna.blogspot.com/2013/12/celebrating-my-way-4th-sunday-of-advent.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! It sounds like you're making delicious things too :)

      Radera
  14. These posts have been wonderful - though I must admit to only back-reading them after my dear friend of 'Winter Moon' blog, pointed me in your fabulous direction!

    I love baking, and do so a lot so will definitely be trying some of the recipes for your beautiful looking (and I'm sure tasting!) treats you've shared with us here :)

    I've just become a follower (Amy) and look forward to your future posts :)

    Amy at Wonderland Boutique x.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, Amy! You are entered in the draw :)
      Will you be sharing some of the goodies you've made too?

      Radera
  15. Ooo these all look so yummy, what wonderful festive treats. I think I'll have to try some of these.

    I'm going to be making a white chocolate and cranberry cake tomorrow, slightly different to the usual Christmas cake but hopefully it will be yummy.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. xx

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I love white chocolate, so I hope you are planning on sharing pictures with us!

      God Jul to you too :)

      Radera
  16. Looks absolutely delicious,if only I knew how to cook :(
    email cookiesmasher5@yahoo.com
    Following via Gfc Karin

    Crossing fingers!!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Start with something easy, like a no-bake treat - I'm sure you'll do great!

      Radera
  17. Åh så bra med lite nya recept. Tack för tipset om havre i degen :) sånt är alltid bra att veta. Jag håller på med julgodis för fullt nu. Vi firar eg imorgon för då kommer barnen och våra föräldrar. Jag har gjort knäck, skumtomtefudge, ischoklad och nu gör jag fransk nougat. Annars blir julbordet inte så värst extremt. Ha en riktigt god jul och ett gott nytt år <3

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Släng i havregrynen först, lite varm vätska över, rör om. Följ sedan recept som vanligt.

      Skumtomtefudge måste jag prova någon gång, jag har ett recept i en bok någonstans.

      God Jul idag då!

      Radera
  18. Well, first of all, God Jul to you and your beloved ones! ^^

    Wow, such delicious looking goodies! We never actually bake any 'traditional' cookies or pasteries, let alone traditional Christmas dishes, so the flavours you brought to us in this post are quite unknown for me - except for the coconut balls, of course, I love those! :P

    I managed to snap some nice pix and finally shared my last post of the challenge, here is goes (: http://milkingtherollingcow.blogspot.hu/2013/12/christmas-eve.html
    Thanks a lot for hosting this event, it was so much fun! ^^

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm glad you had fun!
      Swedes have very many Jul food traditions, like with every other holiday we have :)

      God Jul to you too!

      Radera
  19. May your holiday be filled with happiness and good health.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, Linda - and to you too!

      Radera
  20. I find that we Americans have a very high tolerance for sugar, as well as salt, given how much of our processed foods contain both. The kola sounds especially delicious!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Aha yes, that might be true - but I think that's also true for Swedes... :)

      Radera

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