Yummy Christmas Saffron muffins

Time to prepare for Christmas…

I have been quite absent for a few months due to that I have a 3 1/2 months baby girl at home. Now, when she is more settled, I have finally begun with my Baking again. 😀

Last weekend I made some yummy Saffron muffins… Aah…a lovely treat for Christmas! 🙂

For recipe, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Bo’s Cake … A spicy and moist Cake filled with yummy Lingonberry jam

My Granny used to bake a special cake for my dad which she called “Bo’s Cake“. A spicy and moist cake filled with yummy Lingonberry jam. Perfect for Christmas but works all year round for you guys who can’t resist cinnamon, ginger, cloves and Lingonberry jam. 😀 If you find it hard to find Lingonberry jam, just go the food section at IKEA. 😀

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Recipe (makes 12 slices)

  • 4 1/2 dl plain flour
  • 3 dl granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 tablespoons milk powder
  • 1 1/2 dl lingonberry jam
  • 1 dl melted butter
  • 2 dl water

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.

Grease and line a small loaf tin.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.

Melt the butter and allow to cool.

Pour the jam, butter and water into the same bowl as the dry ingredients and mix until everything is just incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake towards the bottom of the oven for about 40-45 minutes.

Use a ‘cake tester’ to see if the cake is baked or not.

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Happy Bo’s Cake Baking!  😀

Heart-shaped Mince Pies with Swedish Pearl Sugar on

Christmas is over but it’s not too late for some yummy Heart-shaped Mince Pies with Swedish Pearl Sugar on. 😀 Mr. Croco is 3 days late with his celebration of Sugar and Spice Baking’s 6 month’s Anniversary… but still he’s happy and cheerful in his tie and new monster hat! 😀

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Recipe (makes 12) 

  • 350 gr high quality mincemeat
  • 200 gr plain flour, sifted
  • 40 gr golden caster sugar
  • 125 gr unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  • milk, to glaze
  • Swedish Pearl Sugar

Lightly butter a 12-hole pie or patty tin. Tip the mincemeat into a bowl and stir so that the liquid is evenly distributed.

Place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and process briefly until resembling breadcrumbs, then slowly add the egg through the feeder tube. (Or rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and stir in the egg.)

Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour or so. Thinly roll out the pastry on a floured surface. Cut out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, large enough to fill the base of the prepared tin. Press gently into each hole, then fill with the mincemeat.

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Cut out another 12 slightly smaller discs, but heart-shaped ones, and use to cover the mincemeat.

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Brush them lightly with milk and decorate with pearl sugar.

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Chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Bake the pies for 20 minutes until golden brown.

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Remove to a wire rack and serve warm.

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Happy Mince Pie Baking! 😀

Swedish Christmas treat… Knäck… (Toffee with almonds)

I want to wish you ALL a HAPPY ending of year 2012 and a HAPPY beginning of year 2013! Hope you all will have an amazing New Year’s Eve filled with joy and festive celebrations. I want to end this baking year with a special Swedish treat we have for Christmas in Sweden which is called Knäck. It is a yummy toffee filled of sweet chopped almonds. Mmmmm… 😀

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Happy New Year

Ready for the recipe? 😀 Very simple and tasty! 😀

Recipe (makes about 75)

  • 2 dl whipped cream
  • 2 dl granulated sugar
  • 2 dl golden syrup
  • 25-50 gr chopped sweet almond
  • knäck paper cases

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Put the knäck paper cases on a baking sheet.

Heat all the ingredients, except the sweet almonds, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, for 20-25 minutes.

Stir from time to time meanwhile the toffee mixture is cooking.

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When the mixture is almost done, stir the chopped sweet almonds into the mixture.

With help of two teaspoons pour the mixture down into each paper case.

Allow the mixture to set.

Store the Knäck in the fridge or in a cool dry place.

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Happy Knäck Baking & A Happy New Year! 😀

‘FAMILY OF BLOGGERS’ AWARD

I feel blessed and I am very GRATEFUL for all the lovely attention my blog… Sugar and Spice Baking has received! Thank you ALL for reading my blog. It means a lot to me! I am not a professional baker, but I bake all my cakes, buns and cookies etc. with a great deal of passion and love! 😀

A few days ago, when I was running at the gym I was thinking about that I wanted to write a blog post about a few of the many amazing bloggers I have got the honor to be a part of their lives by reading their lovely blog posts. I find it very important to highlight and show my gratefulness to the people I care about and to the people I see which are doing a great and amazing job.

I also find it vital to encourage people; to let them know that they are special and have amazing personalities…. The funny thing with life is that when you have nice thoughts about other people or want to do something for them, good things will come back to you in one way or another. Yesterday, I’ve got the honor to receive a lovely blog award from Peri’s Spice Ladle (http://perisspiceladle.com/2012/09/25/a-shower-of-awards-praise-and-recognition/ )

Peri’s Spice Ladle...Thank you again for the nomination! I am a big fan of Indian food!!! I just love it, even if I sometimes cry a lot when I eat it, hahaha. When I found your blog, I was very impressed by your great cooking skills. You definitely know how to cook Indian food!! Yum, yum, yum… 😀

Here come the rules…. 😛   (We just LOVE rules don’t we??!!! Haha)

Rules:

  • Pay credit to the one who nominated you.
  • Place a link to the one who nominated you on your award page.
  • Using the anagram of the word ‘FAMILY’ tell us the attributes you bring to the family of bloggers.
  • Nominate at least 4 other people to be in your family of bloggers and notify them of their nomination.

And the Award Goes to:

  1. motherhoodisanart.com (Melissa, I have always LOVED your blog since the first day I laid my eyes onto it. I love how you are treating your kids with a great deal of care and love. They are very lucky to have you as a mother! I can really tell, from what I have read, that you are an amazing and caring person with a great sense of humour.)
  2. sweetlittlethang.wordpress.com (This is a wonderful blog for everyone who wants to create cute baking things with their family such as stuff for Halloween, Christmas or just arrange lovely autumn projects for kids).
  3. letlifeinpractices.com (Many families need some good advices in life at some point, therefore I would like to nominate Kristin’s blog.  She’s a wise woman, licensed psychotherapist and a person with great psychological skills.)
  4. bakingwithsibella.com (Sibella, you make bread and cakes which every family would love to eat! I am 100 % sure that your family loves your baking…. I would definitely do it! Yum yum yum!)
  5. petit4chocolatier.wordpress.com (Judy, I love your blog. Every family needs a treat sometimes and then they have come to the right place by reading and looking at your amazing pastries!)

I could make a LONG  list of the blogs I do love to follow and  about the individuals who are doing a great job, but today I want to nominate and highlight these 5 amazing bloggers!

Happy Family Of Bloggers’ Award! 😀

/Sugar and Spice Baking 

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Me with my dearest and amazing boyfriend!