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    Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 3:29 am
    Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 3:29 am Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 3:29 am
    I'll be honest. I wasn't planning on making a post about "Hallongrottor".

    No, I was actually at the grocery store and had just picked up a 4-pack of these little raspberry jam-filled shortbread to enjoy with my afternoon cup of coffee. But, something compelled me to look at the ingredients list.

    Vetemjöl, socker, veg.fett, smör, hallon (5%), vatten, ägg, glukossirap, skummjölkpulver, salt, bakpulver; E450 och E500, förtjockningsmedel; pektin, antioxidationsmedel; E333, E331, E330, aromämnen; vanilj, konserveringsmedel; E202, emulgeringsmedel; E471, färgämne; E160a


    Now, that's in Swedish but I'm sure you still get the picture. I mean, I knew that these things, at most, required about 6 ingredients...

    So, much to my 2 year-old's consternation, I put the box back on the shelf.

    Safely back at home I got out the following:

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    1/2 cup of sugar, a little less than 2 sticks (7/8ths of a cup or 200 grams) of butter, 1/3-1/2 vanilla pod + 1 tsp sugar (my substitue for vanilla sugar), 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and raspberry jam

    Start by mixing your dry ingredients together.

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    Cut your butter into chunks and add them to the dry ingredients.

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    Mix. A food processor works great but so do your fingers. (Your fingers are probably easier to wash, too.)

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    Roll into a loaf...

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    ... and cut the loaf into even slices. Roll each slice into a walnut-sized ball and place in a small cupcake form.

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    Using your thumb, make a depression in each ball:

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    Fill each depression with about a teaspoon of raspberry jam.

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    Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until browned.

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    Rich, buttery and delicious! And with a much more palatable ingredients list.

    Sometimes less truly is more.
  • Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 3:32 am
    Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 3:32 am Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 3:32 am
    For the recipe index.

    "Hallongrottor"/Raspberry jam-filled shortbreads

    1/2 cup of sugar
    a little less than 2 sticks (7/8ths of a cup or 200 grams) of butter
    1/3-1/2 vanilla pod + 1 tsp sugar (or 1 tsp of vanilla sugar)
    2 cups of flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    raspberry jam

    Start by mixing your dry ingredients together.Cut your butter into chunks and add them to the dry ingredients. Mix until the ingredients come together into a dough.

    Roll into a loaf and cut the loaf into even slices. Roll each slice into a walnut-sized ball and place in a small cupcake form. Using your thumb, make a depression in each ball. Fill each depression with about a teaspoon of raspberry jam.

    Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until browned.
  • Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 4:32 pm
    Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 4:32 pm Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 4:32 pm
    Very pretty. These are usually called "thumbprint" cookies in the U.S.
  • Post #4 - June 20th, 2008, 11:34 pm
    Post #4 - June 20th, 2008, 11:34 pm Post #4 - June 20th, 2008, 11:34 pm
    Lovely. I have never seen them made in little paper cups like that. I have also seen them sprinkled with a mixture of finely chopped walnuts and sugar or just sugar. Or powdered sugar after they are done.
    Toria

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  • Post #5 - June 21st, 2008, 3:49 pm
    Post #5 - June 21st, 2008, 3:49 pm Post #5 - June 21st, 2008, 3:49 pm
    I think I'll be adding these to my Christmas cookie list. Thanks for this! Pie Mama will love em!
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  • Post #6 - June 24th, 2008, 12:35 am
    Post #6 - June 24th, 2008, 12:35 am Post #6 - June 24th, 2008, 12:35 am
    Thank you two for digging this post up!

    I just returned from celebrating Midsommar on the Swedish/Baltic island Gotland. While it's still too early for raspberries, we brought back 15 quarts of strawberries (countless others were consumed), about a pound of elderflowers and a few pounds of the last of this year's asparagus.

    Perhaps these could be made with strawberry jam (and served with elderflower cordials)?
  • Post #7 - June 24th, 2008, 8:04 am
    Post #7 - June 24th, 2008, 8:04 am Post #7 - June 24th, 2008, 8:04 am
    Perhaps these could be made with strawberry jam (and served with elderflower cordials)?


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