A very berry treat for the Netherlands.

I saw these and thought they would fit perfectly for a Dutch treat at a Eurovision Grand Final Party! They are strawberries dipped in a variety of different condiments to provide a rather delicious replica of the Dutch national flag. Very cute and very easy to make as well. Have a look at the recipe below:

Ingredients
Strawberries
White chocolate chips
Blue sugar sprinkles / Edible glitter (for a more camp version, De Toppers style)

Instructions:
1. Wash the strawberries thoroughly and let them dry completely.
2. Melt the white chocolate to a smooth, thin consistency.
3. Place the blue sugar in a bowl and set aside.
4. Dip the strawberries in the white chocolate to cover two thirds of the berry.
5. Next, dip the strawberries in the blue sugar to cover one third.
6. Place the strawberries on wax paper-lined baking sheets & then in the fridge to set.

I hope you enjoy it. Bon Appétit!

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A Swedish culinary delight for Eurovision.

I love baking and this year, I wanted to make something special to munch on while watching the Eurovision Song Contest. To that end, I came up with these Swedish Eurovision Cookies.

They are Swedish because the recipe is based on the traditional ‘Pepparkakor’ Swedish cookies but with my own culinary twist. And they are ‘Eurovision’ because they take exactly three minutes to bake! How cool is that? Granted, I used the microwave but it makes the whole process so much more easier and they still taste fantastic, if I do say so myself.

Check out the recipe below and try them out for your Eurovision party!

Swedish Eurovision Cookies Recipe
Makes 10 cookies

2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons butter, cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cardamom, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
4 tablespoons brown/cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup skim milk

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter and combine. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract.

Add the milk bit by bit, kneading all the while until a moist dough forms.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut out the cookies. I cut out the flag heart from a bit of cardboard and used that to trace out and cut the dough into flag heart shapes.

Place them in a ceramic/glass plate in a circular arrangement. Put the cookie-laden plate in the microwave and set the power level to 6 or 7, depending on your model. It would be best to check the manual and select the specific level used for baking cakes. Set the timer for three minutes and hit ‘Start’.

Once the three minutes are up, take the plate out. Be careful though, as it will be really hot. The cookies will still be a little soft but they will continue to ‘cook’ while cooling. Let the cookies stand for about two to three minutes. They would have cooled and firmed up by then.

To garnish, you can make flag motifs of your choice using slivered almonds and melted chocolate. Then pile them high and enjoy them while watching Eurovision!