July 27, 2013

Everyone is baking muffins this summer

Gosh, I should not be this lazy when it comes to writing posts. This one has been sitting in my draft-box for some time now. Enough time actually to see that almost all the bloggers I am following already posted a similar story.

As the title states, muffins are back big time this summer. Everyone is eating them, loving them, baking them! I have a simple reason why I wanted to learn how to make them: my boyfriend will not stop with how fabulous his muffins are (not that I have ever eaten them). So I decided to show him that I can do it too, with a help of "One&Only: Cupcakes and Muffins" book bought at Lagerhaus.

Till today I have only made four different types of muffins. I can say that, hands down, my favorite was a banana and chocolate muffin. It takes around 10 minutes to prepare everything and 25 minutes to bake them.


Things you need:
275g plain flour
1 food spoon of baking powder
1/2 tea spoon of salt
125g sugar
2 big, softer bananas
1 big egg
2 1/2 dl milk
85g butter
175g milk or dark chocolate, cut in small bits

  • Warm the oven till 200 °C. Use a muffin tray with 12 holes and put paperforms in it or butter them a little bit so that the dough does not stick.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl. In another bowl press the 2 bananas with a fork until all squishy. In a third one mix the egg, milk and butter and afterwards add the squashed banana to it.
  • Put the "wet" ingredients in the bowl with the "dry" ones. Mix them and in the end add the chopped chocolate.
  • Spoon in the mix so it fills the cups about 3/4 full. Put inside the warm oven and wait 20-25 minutes until muffins rise enough. Check with your fingers if the muffin is done or use a toothpick (nothing should stick to it when you test the muffin).


And here you go! The most simple muffin recipe. Take away the banana and chocolate and it's the basic dough for a muffin. 




The smallest kitchen in the world, but still big enough for this challenge. I am using an electrical mixer on the lowest speed, but I have also read that mixing by hand is really good when making muffins since it gives them that sort of crispiness we all like.



Chocolate and banana muffins above.


Apple muffin with sprinkled hazelnuts above.



My sister's birthdaymuffins above: chocolate muffin with Drottningsylt on top 
(blueberry and raspberry jam).


It does not always go my way as you can see on the picture above. I have tried to do some melted chocolate creme while talking with a friend. Result: caramelized chocolate that is really sour and you can break your tooth on.


But thankfully I have the best little helper in the world :)

P.S. it seems that the book is sold out from Lagerhaus since I could not find it on their webpage. It was really cheap for only 79:- kronor and if you do see it in a store, do not hesitate to buy it!

July 9, 2013

Båstad and Swedish Open

Last weekend I spent in Båstad - a small coast town south of Gothenburg.
It is the hometown of the Swedish Open, ATP tournament in tennis inside the 250 series. Now I sound like I actually know something about tennis which is not true. But I do care about nice architecture, and summer, and having fun.
The town is extremely cute, full of well-situated Swedes and tennis lovers from all around the world. During the winter there is absolutely nothing to be done here. But during the summer there are sand beaches with 18 degrees warm water, tennis courts, good restaurants and amazing ice-cream. Almost everything you need. Plus they say that partying during the Swedish Open is one of the best!
As in every town, there is a newer city center and an old one, close to the local church. On the pictures below you can see houses from one of the older streets in Båstad.











 Have fun and enjoy summer!



Shirt and shoes: ZARA
Jeans: Diesel
Sunglasses: Aldo