The Culture of Fika

Fika is the art of the Swedish coffee break. It is more than a coffee break, it is your time to slow down and appreciate your company and all the good things in life.

At many companies it’s mandatory for all workers to have a designated time during the day to sit down and do fika together. Fika is a part of the Swedish daily life, just like checking e-mail or attending meetings.

Fika can be done any time during the day at any place. You can fika at your friend’s house, at a cafe, on a bench in the park or at your own house with your own home baked pastry.

Kladdkaka (literally, sticky cake) is one of Sweden’s most popular cake . Indeed, every café in Sweden has their own version of kladdkaka. Kladdkaka will puff up as it is baked, but it is deliberately undercooked in the middle and so collapses when it cools. The result is a cake that will have a top that is lightly crisped and cracked, whilst the middle is delightfully gooey. Try it out!

kladdkaka

Kladdkaka Recipe

Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).

100 g butter
3 dl sugar (1.3 cups)
2 egg
1,5 dl flour (0.6 cups)
4 tbsp cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 pinch salt

Melt the butter in a pot, then add all the other ingredient in the order they are listed, while you mix the entire time.

Pour the mix into a greased deep loose-bottomed (8 inch) round cake tin.

Bake on the lower rack of the oven for 15 minutes.

Enjoy it warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold.

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, berries, chocolate sauce or eat it just as it is.

Enjoy!