15 September 2007


Dish number two is a savoury snack that I want to use as a nibble, instead of the usual crisps. It's a very old Swedish recipe, my Mum used to make these a lot in the past. Even Lundulph tried one.


100 g butter or 1 dl grapeseed oil
3 dl full fat milk
1 ml garlic granules
0.5 tbsp salt
50 g fresh yeast or corresponding amount dry yeast
8 dl strong white flour
100 g grated cheese, e. g. Cheddar
1 egg
sesame seeds, poppy seeds

  1. If you are using butter, melt it. Add the milk, salt and garlic and heat up to just over finger temperature.
  2. If you are using fresh yeast, dissolve it in the liquid, if you are using dry yeast, mix it in the flour.
  3. Start adding the flour to the liquid and stir in to make a dough. I used my kitchen machine for this. The dough should not be soft, but if you can't incorporate all the flour, carefully add a little more milk.
  4. Stir in the cheese.
  5. Leave to rise to double it's size at least.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a surface and on a rolling pin.
  7. Divide the dough into 4 and roll each part to a circle, about 0.5 cm thick.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut the circle in 4, then each quarter into three wedges.
  9. Roll each wedge from the wide side up to the pointy edge.
  10. Place on a baking sheed with baking paper.
  11. Leave to rise for another 30 - 40 minutes covered under a tea towel.
  12. Preheat the oven at 225 degrees C (electric) or gas mark 6.
  13. Whisk up the egg lightly, then brush each carefully as not to let all the rising gases out.
  14. Sprinkle poppy and sesame seeds on top and bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes.
  15. Take out and cover with a tea towel until the horns have cooled down a bit.
They can be frozen and reheated in the microwave when needed. Quite tasty when eaten hot with butter. But oh so unhealthy.

The name vitlöksgifflar consists of two parts: vitlök which means garlic and gifflar, which originates from the German word Gipfel, which means peak as in a mountain peak. I think they'd be called horns in English. Not sure how they remind you of a mountain peak, but interestingly enough, a similar type of horns but from sweet kozunak-like pastry and filling made of rose hip marmalade is made in Bulgaria and they are called "kiffli" (кифли) and the word has the same origin.

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