Chocolate Slices for First Friday Fika Time!


First Friday Fika time again already?!! Time flies when you are having fun… So far our summer has held hiking, river rafting, summer carnival and music in the park. Colorado summers are amazing, but we still miss our Swedish fika treats. To stave off our cravings we whipped up these chocolate slices. My mom used to make them all the time, and this gave us good reason to use the pearled sugar left over from our Swedish Cinnamon Rolls as well. Make a batch and pop leftovers in the freezer for a quick go-to sweet treat. Happy Fika!

Chocolate Slices with Pearled Sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg (yolk and white separated)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pearled sugar for sprinkling on top of slices
  1. Use a mixer or a food processor to beat room temperature butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add cocoa, vanilla, egg yolk and water and mix until well blended.
  3. Gradually add all purpose flour then baking soda until you have a well blended dough
  4. Divide into 4 pieces and roll into logs the length of a baking sheet
  5. Place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. If the logs break when moving onto the baking sheet just lightly out them back together.
  6. Flatten out slightly with palm of your hand.
  7. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with pearled sugar.
  8. Bake in center of oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cut into ¾ inch wide diagonal slices while still warm.

There is a phenomena that takes place every day in Sweden at some point between 2pm and 4pm, some days its over quickly while other days it lasts for hours. Old and young participate alike. It’s called Fika {fee-ka} and the meaning of this beautiful word is “to take a break to drink some coffee, usually enjoyed with something sweet on the side”. (Children will enjoy with tea/lemonade etc.) Fika is a verb and a noun all at the same time! It should be mentioned that the 2 – 4 times slot is the mandatory fika time, but it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy more than one fika a day. As a matter of fact morning fika and evening fika are quite popular as well.

Chocolate Slice Source: Var Kokbok, Raben Prisma



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