Start your day the Scandi way
A traditional start to a Swedish day can be found in freshly baked rolls, scone-muffins with fruit curd, and an autumnal granola, courtesy of new book Lagom
The Swedes are pretty early risers, which is admirable given that, for much of the year, they will wake up, have breakfast and go to work in complete darkness. The only way to get through such dispiriting mornings is to wrap up (“there’s no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing”, as my mormor (gran) always says); and to fuel up: a good breakfast is essential.
A typical Swedish breakfast combines whole grains with proteins such as dairy, nuts and seeds, along with some fruit or vegetables for vitamins, fibre and sweetness. It should keep you full for hours, but remain simple to prepare. Not much distinction is made between adults and children for this particular meal. The emphasis is on starting the day properly, with a good meal and as a family. As my favourite line in Lukas Moodysson’s cult film Tillsammans (Together) goes: “Better to eat porridge together than beef fillet alone.”
7am breakfast rolls with sour cherry and vanilla jam
These can be made and eaten in the same morning – start at 7am and by 9am, you’ll have crusty, fluffy rolls still warm from the oven.
25g fresh yeast 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp salt 70g wholemeal flour 700g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting and sprinkling
For the jam
400g fresh or frozen sour cherries (or black cherries), stoned Juice of ½ lemon 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways 150g golden caster sugar
1 Crumble the yeast into the honey, add 1 tsp salt, then mix until the yeast