Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to make the perfect Latte Macchiato

Have you ever wondered how one makes as wonderfully looking Latte Macchiatos as they do in a coffee shop? Well, I happen to know and would love to share the secret with you :-)
It's definitely not as hard as it looks, you just need to know the basics.

1. Make a cup of espresso.

2. Warm as much milk as you need for half a glass. (It's very important that the milk is not too warm otherwise you risk that the glass breaks.)

3. Pour some more milk into the pan and use a milk frother to froth the warm milk. (Make sure that there are not too many big bubbles, it should be as dense as possible.)

4. Take a spoon to fill the froth into the glass. Leave about a finger's breadth.

5. Gently pour in the espresso. (This way, the coffee should be between the milk and the froth. If you pour too quickly, it will already mix with the milk.)

6. Put one more spoon of froth on top to hide the entry point of the coffee.

7. Sprinkle some cocoa.

There you go. You just made a perfect Latte Macchiato.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

cinnamon rolls - kanelbullar

With Easter knocking on our doors I thought a recipe might be a good idea...especially this one! It's a Swedish special and has become one of my absolute favorites! Maybe you'll try them for your Easter brunch?

What you need:

75g butter
250ml milk
25g fresh yeast
100g sugar
½ tsp salt
at least 1 tsp ground cardamom
500g flour

40g butter
ca. 1 tbs cinnamon
ca. 1 tsp cardamom
75-100g sugar
1 egg to brush
decorating sugar to sprinkle

How to do it:

Melt the butter then add the milk. The mixture shouldn't get too warm since you use it to dissolve the yeast. Pour it into a big bowl and add sugar, salt and cardamom. Then gradually add the flour. (I use a wooden ladle as long as possible, then my hands.) Knead the dough until it's smooth (You might have to add some more flour). Cover the bowl with a slightly wet cloth and leave it to raise for at least an hour (up to four hours would be better). 
Knead the dough again and divide it into 3 equal pieces. Roll the dough into rectangles of about the size of 20x30 cm. They should be approximately 0.5-0.8cm thick. (It depends on whether you prefer tastin more of the dough or more of the filling.)
Melt the butter for the filling and brush each rectangle.
Mix sugar, cinnamon and cardomom in a seperate bowl and disperse it over the butter. As you can see in the photo above, it is perfectly okay to also use your fingers for that. Otherwise it's rather difficult to have it dispersed equally.
Roll each rectangle lengthwise so you have three rolls of 30cm. (Make sure its rolled as tight as possible. If not you can still adjust it afterwards.) Then cut each into spirals that are about 2cm wide. Make sure the spirals' ends don't unwind. Put them on a baking tray with baking paper on it. Depending on the size there should fit about 16 to 20 cinnamon rolls on one baking tray.

Mix the egg in a small bowl and brush each cinnamon roll. Then sprinkle some sugar on them.
Leave them to raise again. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 220°C.
Bake them for circa 8 minutes or until they are golden.
When out of the oven cover every baking tray with some aluminum foil.
VoilĂ .
Eat them as fresh as possible! Even when they're still warm if you'd like that.
Keep the rest in a box or wrapped in aluminum foil, but definitely not for more than two more days.

Happy Easter everyone!

FRIEND OF A COW is animal printed jeans

I'm back! It has taken me a while, I know. But you may all look forward to some more posts in the near future...

This morning, I was looking at some fashion photos and saw this picture of Miranda Kerr (whose style I love by the way) on

I immediately fell in love with those animal printed jeans. Just by chance I went to "Mango" this afternoon and voilĂ  there they were! So now I'm a proud owner of a pair of blue leo print jeans...definitely a must-have this spring!