Sunday, May 8, 2011

Köttbullar, Prinsesstårta and mmmarvelous mmmMamma G!

We were lucky to have Mamma G visit about a week ago, and she decided to prolong our birthday celebration by making Prinsesstårta!  She transported the sponge cakes in her luggage  on the plane and  did the assembly at our house.  Boy were we ever glad she took the trouble.  Here's her in action

First you slice the sponge cake in 2: 

Then you prepare the vaniljsås.  Mamma G brought me the vaniljsås from Sweden a few years ago.  It's a bit like vanilla pudding but much less sweet.  You prepare it from powder by adding a little milk until you get the consistency you want.


You whip up some whipping cream

Thaw out some frozen raspberries and spread the raspberries on the bottom layer of the cake.

Then you spread the vaniljsås on the second layer

Followed by whipping cream on top of that

and top it with marzipan.  This marzipan was brought from Sweden.  They make Prinsesstårta there so often that they sell the marzipan in ready made sheets and already dyed green.  All you need to do is unroll it and place it over the cake.


and of course top with icing sugar, and a pink rose.  

Mamma G also taught me how to make Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs).  

First you soak the breadcrumbs in milk

Then you grate a ton of onion and mix the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion and seasoning (salt/pepper and allspice altogether

After forming the meat into balls, you fry them up in a pan

and serve them with boiled potatoes, cream sauce and lingonberry jam.  See!  Just like at Ikea!

by the way... if it looks like Mamma G's talking to someone, it's because she kind of is...

Her imaginary audience.  It seems that she's always wanted her own cooking show.

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