Swedish Traditions

Tradition #1- Havrekex.

Havrekex is a Christmas bread in the Ekstöm family. It is made mostly of oats but has white flour in the mix as well.

You roll out the dough and cut it with a cookie cutter. Never seen that before.

An odd ingredient in havrekex is hjorthornssalt.. Any one know if we have that in the US? It is a levening agent for the bread and it smells funny.

Hans looks forward to this Christmas bread the entire year!

I decided to be creative with the cookie cutters 😉

Tradition #2- Ice play.

Hans and I decided to test out the lake outside his parents house.

Yep! The ice is thick enough.

Eh.. Hans, are you sure it’s thick enough? haha….

Tradition #3- The Christmas Ham

The Christmas Ham is prepared with a mustard sauce and breadcrumbs and cooked in the oven. Hans and his family eat a few slices of the ham the day before Christmas Eve with havrekex and mustard.

Tradition #3- Glögg, of course!

Can you believe that Christmas Eve is tomorrow?


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6 responses to “Swedish Traditions

  1. hey hey, do you have a new haircut?

  2. lowandbhold

    Sounds fun!

  3. I know 2 more sleeps till Christmas 🙂

  4. So interesting to get to learn about different Christmas traditions, thanks for sharing!

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