There is a café just off of Oxford Street. (There’s probably a lot of cafés off of Oxford Street.) I can’t remember exactly where, but you can get there in almost a straight line from Goodge Street, from the street opposite Paperchase, with the Tesco Metro on it. Walk along there for about ten minutes or so.
Actually, that might be a lie. You might have to turn off it somewhere. It’s been a while.
Anyway, this café, ScandiKitchen, is a home away from home for Scandinavian expats. It provides Scandinavian food and a small grocery section for imports. Like reindeer meat. And Scandinavian licorice. But I go for the cakes.
One of the things I miss the most about my time in Sweden is the baked goods. Sweden has some wonderful cake recipes. Especially kladdkaka. I normally describe this as a sort of brownie-cake, and my ScandiKitchen recipe book say it literally means sticky cake.
This isn’t the one I made, but a picture of the picture in the book. Mine was eaten too quickly for photographs.
It’s a reasonably quick and simple recipe too:
100 butter, melted and cooled slightly
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon of vanilla
- Whisk together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Stir in dry ingredients and vanilla
- Add melted butter and mix well.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 in a 20 cm cake tin
The crust should need a little pressure to crack but the cake shouldn’t be completely cooked. The middle should still be a bit runny – it’ll set once cooled.
Best served with a dollop of cream.
Mine, I think, was slightly overdone. Still tasty, but I feel it probably should not have broken neatly in half when I picked it up…
P.S. – Apologies for the delay – one of those weeks!