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White Chocolate Fudge for my brother

My brother Eric has always loved my saffron fudge that I make each Christmas. So, with Tom and my pending trip to New York City to visit my brother and sister, I decided I’d make Eric some white chocolate fudge to surprise him. Provided Tom and I don’t eat it all before we go…

White Chocolate Fudge

This fudge is smooth and creamy, not crumbly or dry like some other recipes tend to be.

White Chocolate Fudge

You start by letting sugar, syrup, and cream come to a boil in a large pot. Let that bubble at medium heat for about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. Keep your eyes on it as it’ll easily boil over. You know it’s done when the mixture has reached the soft-ball stage. At this point you add the butter and honey and let it bubble for another 2 minutes.

White Chocolate Fudge

I added lemon zest to my fudge because I like the combination of tangy lemon with white chocolate. This is an optional addition though, next time I’ll do it without the zest to leave the fudge completely smooth.

White Chocolate Fudge

Once the butter and honey has come together nicely and bubbled for a bit more. Pull your pot off the heat and add the white chocolate and (if using) lemon or lime zest to your mixture. Stir until smooth.

White Chocolate Fudge

Now pour into a small baking dish lined with parchment paper, and allow to cool.

White Chocolate Fudge

After an hour or two in the fridge, the fudge will be firm enough to chop into bite sized squares.

White Chocolate Fudge

Store in the fridge in an airtight container, between layers of parchment paper.

White chocolate fudge

Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee, and good company.

Yields: about 48 pieces
Time: 40 minutes (+ 1 or 2 hours to chill)

  • 3 dl / 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 dl / 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 dl / 1/2 cup light syrup
  • 50 grams / 1.7 oz butter
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 100 grams / 3.5 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon, optional

Here’s what you do: 

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cream, sugar and syrup and allow to come to a boil while stirring. Let bubble at medium heat while stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches soft-ball stage (about 20-25 minutes). Keep your eyes on the pot as it’ll easily boil over.
  2. Add butter and honey and allow mixture to bubble an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Pull the pot off the heat and add in the white chocolate and lemon zest, stir until everything is combined and you’ve got a smooth mixture.
  4. Line a small baking dish (15 x 25 cm / 6 x 10 inches) with parchment paper and pour the fudge into it. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
  5. Once the fudge is cool and has set, chop into bite sized squares. Store in an airtight container, with layers separated by parchment paper.



Halloween Recipe: White Chocolate Truffle Ghosts

When I’m given the opportunity to express my creativity, there’s no stopping me. So, I couldn’t only bake white chocolate chip Halloween cookies for the upcoming Halloween party this weekend. I also made white chocolate truffles, decorated to suit the event.


Let me show you what I did…


These truffles are super simple. Only three ingredients – cream, white chocolate, and lemon.


Heat the cream in a saucepan, then add your white chocolate and stir until it’s melted completely. Pull the saucepan off the heat and add the zest of one whole lemon (make sure you only grate the yellow part of the skin, the white part of the skin taste foul and will ruin your truffles).


Pour your mixture into a small pan lined with parchment paper and refridgerate for 1-2 hours. Once chilled, scoop heaping teaspoons of the batter into your palm and carefully roll into small balls and place on a tray with parchment paper. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

The next couple of steps are the tricky part, that’s when you coat the frozen truffles in white chocolate before letting them chill again. These steps need to be done fairly quickly to avoid the truffles melting, which is why I didn’t bother snapping photos of the process. Lucky for you, I’ve explained the steps in detail in the recipe below.


Once coated with white chocolate and chilled again to solidify, melt dark chocolate to dot eyes and paint spiders on the truffles.


Scary little truffles.

: about 18 generous truffles
Time: 1 hour (+ 4 hours for refrigerating/freezing)

  • 500 grams / 18 oz White Chocolate, chopped
  • 1dl / 0.4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 lemon, zest of
  • 50 grams / 1.7 oz dark chocolate
  • Optional: sprinkles, shredded coconut, grated white chocolate (for decorating)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Heat the cream in a saucepan on medium  heat. Grate the zest of the lemon.
  2. Once your cream is warm, add 300 grams (10.5 oz) of your chopped white chocolate and stir until completely melted.
  3. Pull your saucepan off the heat and add the lemon zest and stir until combined.
  4. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper and pour your truffle mix into it. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
  5. Line a tray with parchment paper. Scoop heaping teaspoons of truffle into your palm and carefully roll into even balls and place on the tray. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
  6. Melt the remaining 200 grams (7 oz) of white chocolate. Once melted, get your truffles out of the freezer.
  7. Using two forks, drop the truffles in the melted chocolate and roll around until coated, place back on tray. If using sprinkles or other toppings, sprinkle them over each truffle as soon as you’ve coated them in chocolate, so that the toppings stick.
  8. Once all your truffles are coated, place tray back in freezer for 15-30 minutes.
  9. Melt your dark chocolate. Dip a pin or toothpick into the dark chocolate and dot eyes on your coated truffles to create ghosts. Get creative, draw spiders or cobwebs using the dark chocolate.


White Chocolate Chip Halloween Cookies

Happy Halloween!

This weekend Tom and I are invited to a Halloween party. If I wasn’t currently pursuing a career in web and graphic design, I’d most likely be a pastry chef. So, it’ll come as no surprise then that I did some baking for the party. I bring you White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Halloweenified.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trust me, these cookies are really something else.

Let me show you how to make them.


Assemble your baking supplies. I don’t have any fancy tools, like a Kitchen Aid (oh, one could dream). My little red hand mixer gets me pretty far though.


Measure your sugar and butter, then whip it together.


Once combined, add eggs and vanilla and mix for a little bit until smooth. Then add your dry ingredients and mix again.

Tip: I use both vanilla extract (liquid) and throw in about a teaspoon of pure vanilla powder for good measure. You could add a teaspoon of cinnamon too, or even pumpkin pie spice for a hint of fall.


You don’t have to be too fussy about how you chop the chocolate, odd chunks will do.

Tip: If you’re not Halloweenifying your cookies (in other words, omitting the Reese’s Pieces and sprinkles) then add a bit more white chocolate to your recipe. About 550 grams (20 ounces) of white chocolate should do.


Transfer all your chocolate to the mixing bowl and use a spatula to fold it all into the dough.


Now you’ve got to practice that patience of yours while you let the dough rest in the fridge (cover the bowl with cling film) for 24 to 36 hours. Try to keep your fingers (or boyfriends, children’s, husbands fingers) out of the bowl while it rests.


Once it’s time to finally bake your cookies, prepare your Halloween toppings. I used orange sprinkles and Reese’s pieces.



Roll about a tablespoon worth of dough into a ball, then roll half of it in the sprinkles before placing them on a parchment paper clad baking tray. Make sure you give them space so they don’t all morph into one big cookie when you bake them (then again, that might not be a bad thing…)


I made some just plain with no toppings, and some I pressed 3 to 5 orange and yellow Reese’s Pieces into.


Orange you glad I shared this recipe with you?

Yields: about 36 cookies
Prep time: 30 minutes
Chill time: 24-36 hours
In the oven: 7-8 minutes

  • 1 cup butter, softened (about 200g / 7 oz)
  • 1 cup light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon (liquid) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups (about 550g / 20 oz) chopped white chocolate
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Orange hundreds and thousands sprinkles

Here’s what you do:

  1. Start by mixing together the softened butter and both sugars for a couple of minutes until completely combined and no lumps of butter remain.
  2. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, pure vanilla powder and (if using) cinnamon and mix again. Turn the speed up and mix for about half a minute until you’ve got a smooth batter.
  3. Add salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour and mix again. The batter will become rather heavy now, mix until everything is combined.
  4. Add your chopped white chocolate and use a spatula to fold the pieces into the dough.
  5. Cover the bowl with cling film and let rest in the fridge for 24 to 36 hours.
  6. Fast forward 24 (to 36) hours and preheat your oven to 190°C / 365°F.
  7. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour your sprinkles into a small dish.
  8. Roll about 1 tablespoon worth of dough into an even ball, then roll one side of each ball in your dish of sprinkles. Alternatively, press 3-5 Reese’s Pieces into the top of the ball.
  9. Place on baking sheet. Make sure you give the dough balls some space so they don’t melt into each other when you bake (8-10cm / 2-3 inches apart should keep you safe).
  10. Bake for 7-8 minutes. I usually set my timer for 7 minutes and once it goes off, I keep an eye on the cookies in the oven until I see the edges have just started to brown. They’ll keep baking a little bit once they’re out of the oven, so you want them slightly under baked for that perfect soft cookie.
  11. Once out of the oven, let them sit on the baking tray for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack.

Adapted from Cookies & Cups

My cosy Saturday


I had such a wonderful Saturday! I was lucky my sister was home when I got out to mom’s place yesterday afternoon to start my Christmas baking, I got her to help me out a bit. I made truffles and saffron fudge that tasted good but didn’t look very pretty. I was too distracted talking to my sister – and recording video greetings to send to her boyfriend in NYC – that I apparently forgot to focus on making the candy look appealing. I also forgot to snap photos of the final product so you’ll just have to believe me that candy was actually made. Post-baking, I spent some time playing the piano, and then goofed around with my sister some more.

I’ve got a pretty busy day ahead of me today, on the agenda is a visit to the gym followed by cleaning my place from top to bottom and throwing in a load of laundry before meeting my sister to shop for this evening’s girl’s night! We’re having cheese and other goodies, and watching a movie. You can bet there’ll be plenty of girl talk too! Ohh, I can’t wait!!

Home made almond butter and gluten free bread

Home made almond butter and gluten free Paleo bread

Home made gluten free bread and almond butter.

Who’s happy it’s the weekend so she’s finally got the time to play with her new kitchen tool? This girl!

I got a food processor as an early birthday present from my mom this week, and I finally had the time to give it a test run this weekend. First up, I made some gluten free bread that came out above and beyond my expectations, so good. Of course, you can’t have delicious bread without a nice home made nut butter to spread on it, so I made almond butter flavored with cinnamon and pure organic vanilla powder.

Sliced, toasted, and spread with a bit of my home made almond butter, it was thebomb.com. I can tell my food processor and I are going to be very good friends.

Party at work!

Strawberry birthday cake at work

Pauline snapped a photo, she’s a real Instagrammer, always whipping out her phone to savior the moment.

Champagne present

My little gift to the birthday girl

It was Johanna’s birthday yesterday, so we gave her a little celebration at work. Pauline and I had planned it all week, I’d buy champagne and Pauline would get flowers. We were going to bake her a cake too, but then Pauline reminded the boss of Johanna’s birthday, and she said she would get a cake.

I had a lovely time chatting and laughing with the girls over coffee and strawberry cake during a quick birthday break in the middle of work yesterday.

Weekend reads

If you’re in Stockholm (or Sweden) this weekend you’ll know it’s a sit-inside-with-fluffy-slippers kind of weekend. The weather is dreadful, low temperatures and the rain hasn’t stopped pouring down for two days.  Since I’m currently drowning in a pile of lecture notes and course literature while cramming for my exam, I thought I’d share with you a couple of fun weekend reads:

Sneak peek into Sass&Bide designer Heidi Middleton’s home
Interior decorating and beautiful homes whisk me off into an endless daydream (I could spend hours pinning “my future homes” on Pinterest). As a big Sass&Bide fan, this particular home was especially intriguing to peek into. After browsing the photos on Tales of Endearment, my list of future homes just grew a little bit bigger.

Bake a cake this weekend
You know how I love baking, and even did a bit of volunteer baking for a year at my local hospital (something I’ve sadly had to put on hold for now). It should be no surprise then that my baking nerve started to twitch when I came across this fantastic post on Anthology with a list of absolutely gorgeous cakes. The above Cherry pavlova is by Call me cupcake!, a blog I’ve followed for a while now and absolutely love. The mastermind behind the blog is a Swedish girl and her creations are absolutely mouthwatering. With rainy weather calling for indoor activities I cannot think of a better thing to do than bake a cake!

The Devil Really Does Wear Prada
Remember that Lauren Weisberger book, The Devil Wears Prada (that later inspired the movie by the same name)? Most may have assumed that the story was a bit exaggerated (surely the work environment at a top fashion magazine couldn’t be that bad?), but reality really can be (and is) that bad. Emily Louise Overy left her internship at a fashion magazine after only a day and a half, and I can only nod in agreement and recognition as I read her article about her experiences. And speaking of Weisberger, she’s writing a sequel, titled Revenge Wears Prada (due out in 2013).

Behind the Scenes with Rachel Zoe
Here’s an interview with Rachel Zoe and a peek at the lookbook photo shoot of her latest collection. The clothes fall a little flat, as with all of her collections so far, but I’d like to have a closer look at those shoes that she “can’t even talk about” because she’s so excited about them.