Ted’s Glögg

November 20, 2014

Glögg Serves 15

Need large stainless steel pot, steel strainer to flame sugar cubes, small steel pot to warm vodka to flame sugar, medium strainer to filter wine if cheese cloth not used.

Basically equal parts red wine and port, (e.g. 1 750 ml bottle wine and 1 750 ml bottle port and up to 1 bottle 750 ml vodka). Simmer with spices:cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds or pods, cloves, orange peel, vanilla bean, fresh ginger. Caramelize some sugar either flaming cubed sugar with vodka or simmer in a pot to caramelize sugar. Serve with raisins soaked in brandy and slivered blanched almonds.

WINES warm wine and spices in large stainless steel pot for 1 hour. Do not boil.

  • 1 bottle 750 ml red wine (burgundy or merlot or claret)
  • 1 bottle 750 ml ruby port

SPICES – put all (except whole orange) into cheese cloth or strain later using a medium sieve .

  • 1 tsp about 20 Cardamom seeds, crushed with pestle
  • 1 vanilla bean sliced open and scrape seeds
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (grate or slice thin)- optional
  • thin peel of an orange (save some peel to caramelize  with sugar)- stud peeled orange with cloves and put orange into pot of wine

Carmelize Sugar – Two options: use stainless strainer, small stainless pot to warm vodka OR caramelize in saucepan

  •  750 ml vodka
  • ½ LB sugar cubes
  • Option One:   Flame sugar cubes in strainer method: stack some cubes sugar in flat strainer over pot of wine. Pour warmed vodka over sugar, light with BBQ lighter. wait until all blue flames gone, repeat sugar stack, vodka, lighting flame until all sugar carmelized. OR
  • Option Two: Carmelize sugar in in pot with vodka. Warm over med-low, stir until golden syrupy. Simmer 15 min until large bubble form – now you have carmelized sugar, pour into warm wine quickly before sugar gets hard.

Garnish – serve Glögg warm, let guests add almonds & raisins.

  • 1C raisins (cover with vodka or brandy, warm in microwave, store in jar in refrigerator)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

 

Mormor’s Pepparkakor

December 17, 2012

Karin Yperman’s recipe. Rolled, refrigerator type cookie. refrigerate overnite. Cut into thin slices. Bake 350° 10-12 min.

  • 212 gr butter (7.47 oz)
  • 212 gr sugar (7.4 7 oz)
  • 212 gr syrup dark corn syrup (7.47 oz)
  • 2½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2½ tsp cloves
  • 2½ tsp ginger
  • maybe add more ginger, cardamom, ½C blanched slivered almonds
  • 625 g flour (22 oz)
  • ¾dl water <1/3 C water

Melt butter, add corn syrup. Mix all ingredients together.Roll into narrow 2′ loaves. refrigerate 24 hrs. Cut into thin slices.

 

Pepparkakor

December 9, 2012

Swedish gingersnaps, Ramona’s recipe. Refrigerate overnite. Roll very thin. Bake at 325º, 8 minutes.

Cream (beat until soft and creamy)

  • ½ LB unsalted butter
  • 1½ Cup sugar

Add and beat until creamy

  • 1 C Karo brown syrup (NOT molasses)

Prepare and add the following

  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange zest or thinly sliced peel (not the white part)

Blend the following dry ingredients together before mixing into batter:

  • 3½ C flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground allspice

May need to add more flour so not so sticky. Refrigerate overnite. Roll out very thin, use cookie cutter shapes. Place slivered almond in middle.

If make heart shaped cookies, before you eat, hold in hand and tap with finger, if it breaks into 3 pieces, it means good luck! Keep practicing:-)

Julbord Menu

January 22, 2012

First Course

Cured Salmon
Pickled Herring
Sill Salad
Small boiled potatoes
Deviled eggs topped with caviar or small shrimp

Second Course

Cold cuts: Wesphalian ham, salami, Thuringer
Cheeses: Gouda, Jarlsberg, Brie, Blue, etc
Pate
Dilled Cucumber salad
Pickled beets

Main Course

Meatballs with Lingonberries
Prinskorv (small sausages)
Baked Ham
Potatis Korv
Pork Ribs
Red Cabbage
Jansson’s Frestelse (Temptation)

Dessert

Rice Pudding
Mormor’s Danish Ice Cream
Assorted Swedish Cookies

Condiments to have at all courses

Knäckebrod (hardtack) and other crackers
Orange Limpa, sourdough baguette, pumpernickle, rye breads
Butter
Mustard
Sour Cream
Lingonberries
Small boiled potatoes

Beverages

Pilsner beer
Glögg
Aquavit
Champagne, Scotch Whiskey, Port
Sparkling Water
Coffee, Tea

God Jul!