Winter solstice and candies

December 22 have the shortest day and the longest night of the year, it’s the winter solstice.
Where I live, the sun just rise above the horizon and then turns down again. Today the sun rose at 9:55 and went down at 13:06. Three hours of daylight is what we get, and then the sun is right in your eyes if you are driving. Cloudy days, it never really gets bright.



I have been busy making more Christmas candies. I always make knäck for Christmas, it’s a Swedish toffee that is very easy to make. The recipe is:

2 dl sugar
2 dl heavy cream
2 dl golden syrup
2 tbs butter

Put all ingredients in a heavy based saucepan and stir it all together. Simmer it for a long time until the temperature is about 134 degrees C, this gives a hard knäck. If you want a softer knäck, 124-128 degrees C is recommended. I use a cooking thermometer for this. Then pour it up in waxed paper cups. Leave to cool.

You can also add chopped almonds or grated zest of one orange plus a few drops of orange aroma when you have reached the right temperature. The orange knäck is really delicious!


6 responses to “Winter solstice and candies”

  1. Lucia Gonzalez says:

    Merry Christmas Monica, thank you for the recipe, where I live we are having a warm days, about 24 c by day. I live in Guatemala, Central America

  2. Iowares says:

    My family is having our annual Smorgasbord this weekend, I would like to try to make this for it, but what is golden syrup?

    • Monicascreativeroom says:

      Ah, Smörgåsbord is what we eat at Christmas Eve. I love it!
      If you have not tried Smörgåstårta (sandwich cake) before, I highly recommend it too!

      About golden syrup, you can read more about it here:
      If you can’t find any golden syrup at your store, you should be able to replace it with cane syrup or similar. Maybe pancake syrup will work too.

  3. JoAnn Lienert says:

    I would like to try this! I can convert most ingredients, however, what is dl? lol I have never heard that term used before! Please can you help?

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