Sweden: St. Lucia saffron buns

Lussekatter1Will you have some buns? Saffron buns, I mean.

In Sweden, and other Scandinavian countries, saffron rolls are baked only during the Christmas holidays, starting with St. Lucia’s Day on December 13th, also known as the Festival of Light.

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St-Nicholas’ Mannele

Mannele 1-2With December fast approaching, you may have seen, in many bakers’ windows, small man-shaped brioches named Mannele (or Mannala, or Jean Bonhomme).

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Tipsy chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting

Cupcake 2Today is a special day. Today is … never mind! Who’s counting?

Anyway, because it’s a celebration day, and because I have the kitchen for myself, that implies baking your own cake … or cakes for that matter. Because why have one cake when you can have several?

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Italy: pasta carbonara

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When you talk about Italy, it’s hard not to mention the classics: the sun, the singing language, the traffic… and most importantly, la cucina: the insalata caprese, the antipasti, the involtini, the gelati, pizza and, of course, pasta! In particular, the most famous one of them, pasta carbonara.

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Scottish Shortbreads

Shortbreads

Last night, I was re-watching season 1 of The Great British Bake Off. The second bake off takes place in Scotland and the theme was biscuits with, of course, the famous shortbreads as a signature bake.

I won’t lie, shortbreads are by far my favourite biscuits. So I decided to bake some this Sunday.

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