Here’s a mix of traditional Swedish desserts and authentic Swedish pastries that you can easily prepare at home. Try all these recipes and decide which one is your favorite!
Coffee, tea, wine, or glögg (for the holidays) — these are all excellent beverages that you can serve with any of these Swedish desserts.
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Traditional Swedish desserts
Blåbärssoppa is a traditional Swedish dessert (or snack!) that’s in soup form — might sound a bit weird, but it’s DELICIOUS.
We enjoy it warm in winter, and cold in warmer months, both equally excellent.
If you want to complete the experience, serve Swedish blueberry soup with some cream and bits of crushed almond cookies.
You would surely be asking for seconds!
Yep, these famous pancakes are categorized as dessert, not breakfast.
Pannkakor could also be served as a snack, but not as the first meal of the day — that’s just not typical in Sweden.
And since it’s a dessert (and they’re thin and light!), you can go crazy having these Swedish pancakes with your favorite jam and a (huge) dollop of whipped cream!
Some refer to this as Swedish apple crumble, because it does not have a pastry crust.
If you think you will not get any crunch because there is no pastry — you are hugely mistaken.
The oatmeal crumble on top of this Swedish apple pie is even better than your regular pie crust — a whole lot of crunch to compliment the deliciously soft apples at the bottom.
Give this recipe a try; it only takes a few minutes to prepare — a no-fuss apple dessert that’s packed with flavor!
Classic Swedish cakes
It’s a classic Swedish cake that celebrates the season’s best strawberries.
You think preparing midsommartårta is too much work?
Nah, you only need to add some whipped cream with fresh strawberries, and you will get a delicious layered sponge cake with strawberry filling — and I promise you, it’s not overly sweet!
You can certainly add more layers if you prefer, and nowadays, it’s pretty common to use a mix of berries.
A traditional, saffron-flavored cake that’s ubiquitous in (almost) every Christmas gathering.
Some add raisins, and some add almonds — yep, you guessed it, I’m on the sliced-almonds team.
If you like chocolate, you will not be disappointed with this one.
It’s a simple chocolate cake, topped with more chocolate for icing and some dried, unsweetened coconut flakes.
A classic Swedish cake that’s typically baked in a square or rectangular pan, then cut into squares — so much easier to eat because you don’t even need a fork to pick it up!
Arguably, one of the top most-loved traditional Swedish cakes; and deservingly so.
If you like cardamom, you will surely have this cardamom cake as a regular in your home, too — deliciously soft, with a perfect balance of spice and buttery goodness in every bite!
Unlike the usual almond cake, this Swedish cake is made of almond paste.
While the taste might be similar, there is a noticeable difference in the texture (and bite) of these mini almond cakes — you just have to try them to see for yourself.
Oh! They are also coated with sugar and freshly ground cardamom. Absolutely yummy!
Authentic Swedish pastries and sweets
Sweet, aromatic buns flavored with cinnamon and with a hint of cardamom — simply heavenly.
If you still haven’t tried this traditional Swedish pastry recipe, then there’s no time like the present — or you can wait until the 4th of October for National Cinnamon Bun Day! 😉
Oh! And make sure you have a cup of coffee ready for your kanelbulle as well. Enjoy!
These traditional Swedish pastries are considered as ‘sweet buns,’ but they’re not really sweet, like the cinnamon rolls — you only get that extra burst of sugar when you bite on those raisins on top.
You think this classic Swedish pastry is too heavy for dessert, right? Nah, semlor are now being sold in smaller (kiddie) sizes as well. 🙂
It’s the same delicious cardamom-flavored bun with almond paste filling and that luscious, whipped cream on top — perfect with that cup of coffee you always have after lunch.
And if you want more? Wait a bit for fika, and then you can have the regular size. 🙂
If you like almonds, you will LOVE this addictive Swedish pastry.
Don’t think it’s overly sweet, though. Nope. It’s just perfect for that cup of coffee or tea that you would be serving.
These no-bake chocolate balls are always a hit with kids and adults.
It’s made of cocoa powder, sugar, and oats — yep, oats! So don’t feel bad if you’re already had a handful of chokladbollar. 😀
So, which ones have you already tried? Which is your favorite Swedish dessert? Let me know!