Something that is made in many Swedish homes this time of year is Knäck, it is a caramel candy with chopped almonds in it, here is the recipe on how I make mine, and how my mother make hers.

Most people makes it on a pot on the stove but we make it ion the microwave, this is MUCH quicker since on the stove it have to boil for up to 1,5 hour. In the microwave it takes only 7,5 minutes.

knäck

1 dl non whipped whip cream
1 dl sugar (the ordinary white kind)
1dl syrup

Stir together in a ceramic or glass bowl (plastic will melt) and put it in the microwave for 7,5 minutes on full effect. Take it out and stir it a bit, pour little of the caramel in a glass of ice water, it the caramel can be formed into a pearl it is done if it is to soft to be formed into a peal pop it back for another minute and try the water test again.

Then wait a little while before adding 1/2 dl of chopped almonds and 1/2 tsp of baking powder stir and then pour it into a jug so that it easy to pour it into the small forms, you can also use a small spoon for this.

chocolate caramel candy
My mother also always makes chocolate caramel candy, it is my favourite

1 dl non whipped whip cream
2 dl sugar (the ordinary white kind)
1dl syrup
1 tbs cocoa
1/2 tbs butter

Stir together in a ceramic or glass bowl (plastic will melt) and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes on full effect.

After those 5 minuter take it out (the bowl is VERY HOT) and stir a bit, pop it back for 3 – 4 minutes and then pour little of the caramel in a glass of ice water, it the caramel can be formed into a pearl it is done if it is to soft to be formed into a peal pop it back for another minute and try the water test again.

When done I simply pour it into a jug so that it easy to pour it into the small forms.

Do this recipe but don’t add the cocoa and you will have ordinary caramel candy which we also always make for Christmas.