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I am exploring Scandinavian cuisine for blogging marathon and I am simply in love with the wide variety of food it offers. It is just not fish and meats like pork and poultry but it also has different types of vegetables, fruits and much more.
The term Scandinavia in local usage covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, but in English usage it also sometimes refers to Scandinavian Peninsula or the broader region which includes Finland and Iceland. The broader region is usually known locally as the Nordic Countries. (Source Wikipedia).
The first dish I got fascinated with is Chokladboll. A Chokladboll literally means chocolate ball. It is a traditional Swedish pastry often eaten with coffee during fika. Fika is a concept of Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie.
They are quick and easy to prepare, since they require no baking and only a few, common ingredients. It is slightly smaller than a golf ball and consists of oatmeal, sugar, cocoa, vanilla sugar, butter and sometimes coffee. Balls are formed and then rolled into nib sugar or shredded coconut or sprinkles. It can be eaten immediately but usually first chilled in refrigerator. Since it is so quick to make it is popular at children’s parties or used as homemade candy. I wanted to make the authentic way and hence I have not changed this recipe. I have adapted the recipe from Gretchen Cooks.
At first I was dreaded with the quantity of butter, but it is needed to bind it well. The cocoa and the coffee gives it an intense flavor. This chocolate bass are not too sweet, just perfect to satisfy your sugar craving after a meal. Coffee can be replaced with chocolate powder, if one is worried about caffeine. Adjust the sugar accordingly, as chocolate powder has sugar.
So here goes the recipe:
- 1-1/2 Cup Quick cooking Oatmeal
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 6 Tablespoon Butter, Softened
- 2-3 Tablespoon Cocoa powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon coffee
- Shredded/Desiccated Coconut or Pearl sugar (coarsely ground sugar used for baking) or sprinklers for rolling.
- Combine butter, sugar, Oats, cocoa powder, vanilla and coffee.
- Roll into balls smaller than a golf size ball.
- Roll balls in Shredded Coconut or Pearl sugar or sprinklers to decorate.
- One can eat it right away or better refrigerate it for a great taste or freeze if you prefer a harder consistency.
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