As it’s Friday, I thought I’d introduce you to the concept of ‘fika’. It’s a very nice sort of verb. It’s Swedish and essentially it means ‘to have coffee and cake’. Now, not being a coffee drinker, I skip that part of it and have tea instead, but I’ll happily have the cake, although not now. Not until I’ve found lots of lovely savoury recipes. I have, though, found a really rather good one with which to start Lent: Cheese and Bacon Cake, affectionately known as “cakon”.
Basically, as far as I can tell, it’s an English muffin recipe with what you’d put on the muffin in it. Breakfast in cake form, if you will. Next time, I shall boil a couple of eggs to chop up and mix into it. For a recipe which I found online, it’s surprisingly good, although I will admit to skipping over the two grated carrots and just adding more bacon and cheese. Who needs carrots when you can have cheese or bacon? Or both, which is just even better! (I’ll admit now that I think there are better meats and I could probably quite happily live without bacon. When I tried to be a vegetarian some years ago, it was steak which made me see the error of my ways.)
The recipe is very simple. The basic recipe is thus:
For a 9” cake, the oven needs to be at 180 degrees C.
Beat 3 eggs with 100ml of whole milk and 100ml of vegetable oil. Add 175g self-raising flour and 100g grated cheese. For cheese and bacon, add more cheese and bacon (you don’t need to cook it before adding it to the mixture), as much as you like. I used 200g of bacon and just over 200g of cheese in all. I sprinkled more cheese on top before baking it. Pop it into the oven for 40-45 minutes until it’s all golden brown (like little tigers) on top and bubbling nicely. Check it with a spike to make sure (the spike should come out clean if the cake is cooked).
Let it cool for a little bit before enjoying a slice with a well-earned cup of tea or coffee, whichever is your preference. It tastes fantastic still warm. And the recipe lends itself so admirably to experimentation. I think I might test it with cheese and steak…Have a play, see which combinations work!