What is Fika?

What is Fika?

In Swedish tradition, Fika is a break - a pause - in your day to indulge in the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee or tea, some sweets or pastries, and time shared with friends and loved ones.

Saturday, 28 December 2013


Don't you hate it when a recipe says that it will take 10 minutes, when the list of ingredients itself takes 30-40 minutes to gather together and prepare? These ladyfingers take only about 20-30 minutes to prepare from the beginning, plus another 10 for baking. This includes the search for bowls, whisks, ingredients and all.

These are served with ganache sandwiched between two ladyfingers, but can also be used for a tiramisu as well, or so the original recipe tells me! (My caveat - the prep time doesn't include the making the ganache or filling the ladyfingers. If the ganache is ready, add about 5-10 minutes for whipping and filling.)

Speaking of which, the original recipe can be found here, at the Cupcake Project.

My own modification was to dust them with cinnamon and icing sugar before baking. They can also be dipped or drizzled in melted chocolate after baked and assembled for some extra indulgence. If these are being gifted or packaged, paper cupcake liners can be flattened and use for presentation (and for clean fingers while eating!)

I've also tried substituting the flour with ground almonds for a gluten-free version, but the end result was very delicate and didn't keep very well. Perhaps the amount of almonds needed to be increased - I'm still on the search for a perfect flourless almond ladyfinger recipe!

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