December always makes me nostalgic for the traditional foods of Sweden & Norway. My Scandinavian parents always pull out all the stops at Christmas. The pickling, baking, cooking and curing begins weeks in advance. None of these traditional dishes are simple by any means. In particular, the cookies and sweets are very time-consuming.
I was surprised - and excited - to find a shortcut Knäck recipe on Anne's Food blog. I tried it tonight and it could't be easier. Yes, it is a little dangerous with all that molten sugar around (read: wear protection), but the results were great. Tack så mycket Anne!
(makes around 40)
100 ml cream
100 ml golden syrup - you can buy Lys Sirup at IKEA
80 g / 100 ml sugar
3 tbsp finely chopped blanched almonds
Tiny paper cups
Mix cream, sugar and syrup in a 4-cup Pyrex cup. Put it the microwave on the highest setting, for exactly 7 minutes. (You might need to try this a couple of times - if it doesn't boil for long enough, it'll be very soft and chewy. If it's boiled too long, it'll be rock hard.) Remove very carefully - it's super hot - and gently fold in the almonds. Pour into tiny paper cups very fast, if it cools down it'll be a lot harder to pour. Place in the fridge until they're set. Keeps well in an air-tight container.