April 21, 2015

Breakfast in bed - Lemon ricotta pancakes




If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen these pancakes a few times, but they are so worth mentioning again. I keep coming back to this recipe over and over again, and I usually eat them at least once a week. Best pancakes, hands down. Really. They've earned their place on this blog.
And the best bedding, too. These sheets from Evencki are so soft and so silky, I just couldn't resist having breakfast in bed. Honestly, I don't think I ever slept better than in this bedding. And I've slept a LOT. Trust me. Sleeping happens to be one of the things I'm best at in life, unfortunately. Though I must say it's also one of my favorite activities. I try really hard to be a morning person and get up early every day, but it's a struggle. If I didn't have coffee in my life, I would probably never get up. I set four alarms each morning, and sometimes it works and I wake up, but I can just as easily snooze for 3 hours more. Like that one time I overslept when I was going to be on live TV for the first time. No biggie. And one time I missed my train too,  I woke up five minutes before the train left and called the train station, still half alseep. I had to buy a new ticket. I think I need more alarm clocks in my life.





LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES
Gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free rolled oats!

Makes 15 small pancakes

Serves 2-3

INGREDIENTS
PANCAKES
3 eggs
3 tbsp milk
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
zest from 1 lemon

MASCARPONE TOPPING
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp frozen blueberries, thawed and mashed
1/2-1 tbsp powdered sugar if desired

Fresh blueberries
Shredded coconut
Maple syrup


INSTRUCTIONS
Pancakes
1. Mix all ingredients for the pancakes with an immersion blender until smooth.
2. Fry heaping tablespoons of batter on medium low heat in some butter or oil.

Mascarpone topping
1. Mix mascarpone cheese with milk, blueberries and powdered sugar if desired. Spread on top of pancakes, or serve with your favorite topping.




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March 24, 2015

Vegan no bake chocolate mousse cake




Can I just say how impressed I am by this cake?
I had a whole bunch of leftovers from the last "raw" cake I made so I took the opportunity to make a chocolatey version too, cause you know, you gotta have chocolate. I pretty much improvised so there are all kinds of good stuff in this one. It tastes a bit like coconut, a bit like peanut butter, banana, and chocolate of course. And just the right amount of espresso. That might sound like a lot of stuff, but to me, it's perfection.
And let's talk about the texture. This cake is so creamy and smooth, like a mousse cake. I would never in a million years guess that a piece of this cake is actually pretty good for you. Almost too good to be true, right?!

If you compare this cake to the last one I made, this one is definitely more like a mousse cake while the other one is a bit more like ice cream. I love them both and I'm sure I will make them again and again.


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March 16, 2015

Vegan no bake blueberry lemon cheesecake





I'm a little bit too excited about this post. 
I received the most beautiful bed linen from Evencki the other day. This lovely plum color makes my knees weak and it was just begging to be photographed with a pretty cake. My inspiration has been low lately and this was exactly what I needed. This, and the beautiful spring weather we're having (our thermometer says 12°C today!). My friend Lua experimented with a raw and vegan cheesecake the other day and she told me all about it when we met over the weekend. So I had to give it a try, too. And I must say I'm very impressed with the outcome. Incredibly creamy, sweet, tangy, rich and just perfect.

I know, this blog is usually all about the sugar and the flour, and it has been for the past.. 5 1/2 years now.
Maybe you're thinking I've stopped eating sugar, flour, eggs and dairy. I haven't, though I really enjoy trying something different every now and then. It's a great way to find some new inspiration, because sometimes you just get stuck in your ways. It's like when I'm trying to think of something to eat for dinner. We have like 5 dishes that we eat over and over again and I can't imagine that there are other dishes in the world except for these 5. I'm like.. "uhmmm, maybe pasta, rice... or potatoes".  Does anyone else feel the same way?

Oh, and this cake totally looks huge in the photos but in reality, it isn't. It's only 12 cm, so it's tiny and cute.

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February 11, 2015

Chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and crunchy caramel popcorn



Over the past 5 1/2 years I've taken countless photos. It would be quite exciting to know the exact number... or maybe not.
Out of all these, obviously I love all the photos I post, more or less. But there are some that are special. Those that have a little extra something.
This whole shoot is exactly like that for me.
What makes it even more special is that the house we shot this in is no longer what it used to be. Obviously, the house was pretty run down and in great need of renovation, but still.. look at that turquoise kitchen cabinet and that beautiful golden medallion wallpaper. The paintings, the marble table and the chair. I could spend a long time in there, just looking through the old newspapers lying around.



I had been in this house a few times prior to shooting in it, with permission from the owners of course. When I was working on my last published book "Sweet food & photography" I told my publisher about this house and I could see the excitement in her eyes. I told her about the wallpaper, the newspapers (I had yet to discover the kitchen cabinet) and the light. There is definitely something special about the light in old houses. She said to me "you HAVE to take photos in this house". So I took her advice. First, we (and by we I mean me and my friend/assistant Emma) made a test shoot with some muffins and pies I had lying around at home. I remember it was so freezing in the house that day. Even colder than outside. I think this was in April 2014. I realized that it was a perfect location to shoot and that I had to come back and do it again.



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January 12, 2015

Double chocolate banana muffins with mascarpone frosting and bourbon caramel sauce



So, this is my first post of the new year. I know, I know, it's already the 12th , but I felt like I had to mention it. 2014 sure had its ups and downs. My trip to Iceland and the release of my new book Sweet food & photography are two of my favorite things from last year.

I have been baking like never before these past weeks, something that hasn't been very noticeable on the blog. Finally I had some time to bake for the blog.
I had two very sad looking bananas lying in my kitchen that I didn't want to throw them away, so I figured I'd make something easy with them. Chocolate muffins maybe? Then I remembered I still had the jar of dry ingredients from my last blogpost! So I used that and added the bananas. I didn't think these muffins could get any better, but boy was I wrong. They came out even more moist than before. So, when in doubt, add a banana or two. Well, maybe they don't go with everything.. These muffins are absolutely perfect without the frosting, but I have a thing for this particular one. Mascarpone frosting.  It's not very sweet, it just adds that extra creaminess. And the bourbon caramel sauce. Don't even get me started the bourbon caramel sauce. Honestly, I don't even particularly like drinking beverages with alcohol (and especially not bourbon) but in baked goods, it just works so well.


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December 16, 2014

DIY - Edible gifts in jars



First, I have to tell you that I'm beyond excited about this post! I don't think I've ever put so much time and effort into making one blogpost (in 5 1/2 years people!). Totally worth it though. I loved every second of it and I've been so excited to share this with you so you can go ahead and make your own gifts. I read somewhere that DIY gifts like these were for "lazy" people but I'm of a different opinion. To me, making a gift really shows that you care. That you put time and effort into making something unique for that special someone.

I made labels using photoshop, printed them on thick white paper which I then used double-sided-tape to stick to the jars. Instructions can be put on the back of each jar, or you can just print them on paper and hand them over to the person who receives the gift.




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December 10, 2014

Four hot drinks for the holidays



There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa during the holidays. In fact, I don't think I drink hot cocoa any other time of the year than December. Maybe January if it's cold and snowy (and it always is, and February, and March..). December is never as cold and snowy as I wish it was. Right now I'm sitting in front of my computer (obviously) and the rain is pouring down and it looks like it's not gonna stop for a while. Make that days. And I'm drinking cardamom coffee. Now there's another tip for you, just put some freshly ground cardamom with your coffee grinds and you have cardamom coffee. Ta-da!
Here are a few of my favorite hot drinks which I seem to come back to every year. Enjoy!

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December 5, 2014

How to pipe a rose cupcake



Now this post has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but hey, why not make these into Christmas cupcakes?! I just LOVE piping cupcakes like this so I thought I'd show you how I do it. The recipe for these white chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream is in my new book, Sweet food & photography, which you can get for a really good price at Bokus right now. The perfect Christmas gift I think!
Note that this book is in Swedish, but it will be out in English in spring 2016, but while you're waiting for it you can always have a look in my cake book, Lomelino's cakes, which is finally available in English! Get it here!

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November 26, 2014

Gingerbread bundt cake with lingonberries

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Bundt cakes make me nervous.
The cake doesn't, but the unfolding part does. That freaks me out every time. I can feel my heart beating faster every time I'm about to do it. I think it's because I've baked in some seriously bad bundt pans before. But this one is just awesome and the cakes come out perfect every time.
More than anything though, bundt cakes make me happy. There is just something so... simple about them that makes me love them. Simple and beautiful.



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November 3, 2014

Kladdkaka - Swedish chocolate cake



This cake is one of those cakes I take for granted somehow. I love it so much but I rarely bake it. Before I started baking like crazy, about 5 years ago, I used to bake two times a year, tops. Two times a year, that's it. And when I did, it was always "kladdkaka" (roughly translated "sticky cake" or "gooey cake" but I'll just call it Swedish chocolate cake). Why kladdkaka then? Well, first of all, it was the only recipe I knew how to make. Second, it's probably the easiest thing you could possibly make, and it's just so darn delicious.You simply have to make this one! And don't forget to serve it with whipped cream (vanilla ice cream is ok as well)!

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