The sweetest Christmas: Annie Bell’s Scandi-inspired bakes

Want a new spin on the festive cake? Annie Bell’s simple but stunning Scandi-inspired recipes are perfect for the holiday and beyond.

Redcurrant caves

In Sweden these are known as hallongrottor: a delicate shortbread, traditionally filled with lingonberry. You can use any jam, but cranberry and redcurrant will stand in well.

Redcurrant caves
Ellis Parrinder

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Lemon poppy seed squares

I have long adored poppy seed cakes with their delicate and sophisticated bitterness that goes so well with lemon.

lemon poppy seed squares
Ellis Parrinder

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Chocolate hazelnut meringue cake

This deep moussey meringue cake with its crisp top is endlessly adaptable: you can use almost any combination of dried fruits and nuts you fancy.

chocolate hazelnut meringue cake
Ellis Parrinder

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Blueberry crumble fridge cakes

These are divinely fudgy and, like all crumbles, especially good with cream or ice cream.

blueberry crumble fridge cakes
Ellis Parrinder

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Toscakaka (caramel almond cake)

Allegedly named after Puccini’s opera Tosca, this is a heavenly mix of almond sponge with an almond caramel top – Scandinavia’s answer to sticky toffee pudding.

caramel almond cake
Ellis Parrinder

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Swedish cheesecake with berries

This breaks the mould: it is not as sweet as most cheesecakes and is lighter, too. Also, as it’s served slightly warm there is no overnight ripening. The blackberries nod to the Swedish love of cloudberries, a golden blackberry.

Swedish cheesecake
Ellis Parrinder

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Food styling: Sarah Hardy. Prop styling: Max Robinson