Having friends over is a something that I need to do more often.
There is not many things I enjoy more than good food, good friends, and great chocolate desserts.
One of my favorite people to dine with is Brenda from a farmgirls dabbles. Brenda is a great friend and who just so happens to be a highly successful blogger! Her blog is a favorite of mine for so many reasons, but the main one being her unique gift of story telling. Brenda often writes about family, about adventures and more specifically about her families traditions and heritage. She masterfully intertwines her amazing recipes into each story.
I insist you visit her beautiful website and snag one of her famous recipes.
But after that, stop back and let me attempt to entertain you for just a moment.
The story of this dessert is a short one, but it bears repeating if only to make you smile at my silliness.
My husband and I were finally able to pin down a date for Brenda and her family to visit. We were pretty excited as I adore Brenda and have talked so highly of her to my family.
Well, I am not so much of a cook. In fact, I am a terrible cook. But I really wanted to make something delicious for Brenda and her family and something that was significant to our family. We planned a big dinner that my husband was going to grill… but dessert was where I was focused.
See, I have this little baking blog and people sort of assume that when they come over I will bake for them.
Usually they assume that I will bake something that tastes good for them. It’s a lot of pressure. (Mostly pressure I put on myself, but you know.)
So I did some research and tried to find a dessert recipe that was not only delicious, but that was significant to my family’s heritage.
After many hours of research, I found this delightful Swedish dessert called a Kladdkaka. So I made one for practice, and fell in love. It’s delicate, refined and simple. (SO simple. You cannot mess it up!) It is one of those desserts that delights you in it’s ability to show case the raw flavor of good chocolate, but also entices you with the contrasting textures of a crispy and flakey crust on an ooey gooey bed of chocolate deliciousness.
This was the dessert I would serve.
It was perfect! Delicious and significant.
Recipe just barely adapted from allrecipes.com.
There was only one problem.
I am not Swedish.
And I have no idea why I thought I was. I am Norwegian however, so maybe that explains it.
It’s a good thing this is so darn delicious, or I might have been even more embarrassed!
Quick tip: This dessert is meant to be served with a very runny and gooey center. Don’t be alarmed when you cut into it and see that it appears “raw”!
Moral of the story? Just enjoy this fabulous dessert no matter what your nationality.
Just for fun… here is kladdkaka in 15 seconds!