Posts Tagged ‘tableware’

Toscakaka?

November 8, 2015

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to eat CAKE!

Toscakaka, a traditional Swedish Caramel Almond cake is perfect for the holidays. There are many variations of this recipe but all delicious just the same.

You will need:

for the cake

  • 2 sticks of butter – melted
  • 4 eggs whipped till white
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk

for the topping

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup of toasted slivered almonds

Toast your almonds till they are slightly golden brown and set aside.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and set aside.

Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan with a removable bottom. Line the bottom with baking parchment to make it easier to remove your cake. Set your pan aside.

In a mixer whip the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together and then gently sift and fold half into the egg and sugar mixture using a spatula. Drizzle half the milk in and fold. Repeat with the second half of the flour and milk. Drizzle half the butter on top and fold in and then the rest, careful not to over mix as you want to keep as much volume as possible. Gently pour the mixture into your pan. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes until it’s barely a light golden brown.

While the cake is baking you should be preparing the topping as you want it hot and ready to pour on the cake immediately and pop back into the oven so as not to allow your cake to cool.

Mix the butter, sugar, flour and cream in a sauce pan. High heat until it comes to a boil and then low heat so it barely bubbles. Always stirring. It should bubble and thicken as you cook the mixture, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the toasted almonds. You can use regular slivered almonds but if you toast them first it will help bring out the flavor of the almonds in the topping. Some people like to add almond extract to their cake. I like this recipe better as it does not overpower the cake with an almond taste.

Test your cake with a toothpick. It should come out clean as you want the cake to be firm enough to support your topping but not completely done. It’s tricky I know. Nothing is as annoying as pouring your mixture on top and having it collapse into your cake. It will still make a delicious gooey mess.

Pour your mixture on top gently as the cake will still be very delicate. Turn the oven up to 425F and pop your cake back in the oven on top of a cookie or baking pan. This will prevent the cake from burning on the bottom. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes, just long enough for the top to turn a golden brown. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes and then use a knife to gently loosen the edges and remove from the pan.

Serve at room temperature with Coffee. Many Swedes like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And of course you should serve your cake on one of our beautiful cake platters. After all, presentation is important.

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Mon Amie Cake Platter from iittala is available here at scandinaviangrace.com

Red, red, RED !

November 4, 2015

I’ve always loved iittalas’ products. The patterns, the designs, the style. But when I saw iittalas’ new fall items. All I could see was RED!…and I’m in love!

Iittalas’ beautiful classics are now available in red like, Origo, Taika, Teema, Kastehelmi. Some are only available during the holiday season. Some are new collections like Tanssi and Nappula. Now iittala has added, cushion covers, tea towels and throws oh my!

I can’t wait to decorate my holiday table!

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All are available on our

new online shop

scandinaviangrace.com

 

ORIGO

July 3, 2013

At last, my favorite cup just got better!

Origo by Iittala has got a new look. Origo known for its unique striped pattern, has added a new color, Serene Green. And what a better way to introduce a new color scheme, than with a new product. Origo’s long-awaited new mug!

Alfredo Haberli has designed a slightly larger 13.5 ounce mug with a unique handle in Iittala’s Origo style. It’s available in the new serene green, as well as the original brown and orange colors, so you can update your collection. This will make all you coffee and tea drinkers happy!

Origo

Origo can be found here at : scandinaviangrace.com

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Sarjaton

February 8, 2013

Sarjaton is the new line in tableware created by iittala design group of Harri Koshinen, Alexsi Kuokka, Musuta and Samuji.

Soft, warm and inviting colors and patterns that fit in any home. Sarjaton brings flexibility and style to your table. Mix and match colors and patterns to form your own unique settings.

Sarjaton means, ‘without series’ in Finnish.

SARJATON

Sarjaton can be found here at: Scandinaviangrace

iittala – no limits

October 18, 2012

Iittala has been making beautiful glassware since 1881. Everything for eating, drinking, cooking, decorating, even art work. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

As the company grew, it was shaped by iconic designers like, Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Timo Sarpaneva. Their designs, having won several awards, has made Iittala a world-renowned classic.

Iittala’s distinctive style allows for individual use and expression in everyday life.

It’s so much more

Iittala’s complete line of products for the U.S. market is available here: scandinaviangrace.com