Småländsk ostkaka, known as the 'Swedish cheesecake', is a traditional dessert made in Småland, the region that includes the three counties of Kalmar, Jönköping and Kronoberg.
Despite the name, it is different from American cheesecake, from the ingredients right through to the flavour and texture.
Along with milk, flour and rennet, Småland cheesecake contains bitter almonds, eggs, cream and sugar. It is baked in the oven and served with cherry or any berry jam. Rennet was originally used but today the process is simplified by using cottage cheese.
The oldest evidence of this decadent cheesecake dates back to 1538. Rumor has it, that it was secretly passed down from mother to daughter.
Historically, this cheesecake was served in two ways: cold, as a small welcome snack, or hot, as a dessert, shared at the table with a helping of "blabar", the wild blueberry of Sweden that covers close to 20% of all its land.
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