December is flying by, so I thought I'd do a second Yule-inspired post to make sure we all have enough time to make them!
I had never had "silkekaker", nor had I ever made them until the other day, but I have seen them about - it just wasn't one of the biscuits that were a tradition to make in our family. Then, then I thought "Hey! I have to try and make seven kinds before christmas, I should have a go at some I haven't tried before". Now, OK...so I might have devoured them, and a couple of my friends have already pre-approved of them, so I must have done something right! Personally, I love how they have that lovely old fashioned texture, despite swapping some of the ingredients for healthier alternatives. Means I can have a few extra and claim that they are good for me! Right? Yes!
Christmas Chess Biscuits a.k.a Sunnere Silkekaker
(Makes one small batch - so you might want to double the recipe!)
100g coconut oil (about 4tbsp)
40g xylitol or brown sugar
100g plain flour
50g potato flour or cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
- Simply mix the xylitol or sugar with the coconut oil before adding everything but the cocoa.
- Then, divide the dough in half, and add the cocoa powder to one of the halves, making sure it is mixed in well and keeping the two doughs separate.
- Now, roll two sausages out of each of the doughs, giving you a total of four. Place one brown next to a white and then the last two on top so that you have your "chess" log. Place in the freezer for a couple of minutes or in the fridge for 10-30 minutes.
- Slice the log into biscuits and place on a baking paper clad tray. bake in the ovem for 8-10 minutes until golden.
- Leave to cool slightly before serving. Perfect with a cuppa or as something sweet and light after dinner.
This week has been good so far, I have enjoyed some time off and had the wonderful pleasure of making new friends, went to the christmas party at Nice'n'Sleazy's open mic night, and managed to keep my nerves somewhat in check and had a little debut singing a song accompanied by my friend on guitar that we finished writing last year. Today, I bumped into a musician that has been one of my muses for years now (and still is!), and he wished me a merry christmas - surreal but nice, to quote Notting Hill.
Tomorrow, it's back to work for a final four-day intervall before I'm off to Norway for a few days over the holidays, it'll be so nice!
Have you gotten around to doing much holiday baking, or just baking in general? I'd love to hear what your favourite biscuits and cookies are! I hope you have a lovely evening ^ ^
Recipe inspired from my granny's cookbook