Biskvi

A what? Biskvi!

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I first encountered the biskvi on my very first trip to Sweden. It is a stapel of swedish pastries but, I feel, often goes unnoticed next to the prettier, brighter and larger treats in the glass cases of the cafes. I originally mistook this little guy for a cookie. It is not a cookie. It has the sugar intensity of a whole cake crammed into cookie size.

biskvi2(Strawberry biskvi)

The classic biskvi is a cookie bottom (usually crunchy outside and soft inside) with a mound of butter cream coated in chocolate. It is intense but, in my opinion, not all that great.

After my first couple biskvis I was pretty much done with them. That all changed when I saw a white biskvi with purple on top in the pastry case at Cafe Kakmonstret in Umeå. Unfortunately, every time I get my hands on the violet biskvi at Kakmonstret, I eat it so quickly that I never get a picture. -_-

And so began the dawn of flavored biskvis!

biskvi4(Daim candy biskvi and a pear biskvi)

biskvi3(Lemon biskvi)

I wouldn’t mind if biskvi became the new sugar fad. If you’re in Sweden you should give them a try! I, obviously, suggest flavored biskvi over original.

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Cafe Kakmonstret – Umeå – My personal favorite!

cafekm10(this beautiful picture, and the last one of myself, were taken by Linn Arvidsson)

Cafe Kakmonstret is, hands down, my favorite cafe in town. It’s not right in the middle of centrum so it’s not usually over crowded but it’s definately not out of the way. Privately owned, this bakery/cafe is one of a kind and a great spot. The staff are really nice, the treats amazing, and the cafe itself is lovely. It’s a house turned into a cafe with connecting rooms.

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Cafe Kakmonstret means Cafe Cookie Monster in english. They make some of the most interesting desserts I’ve run into and they’re always amazing.

Gingerbread cheesecake, for example.

They also make the viol biskvi that rekindled my love of biskvi.

 

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It’s a family cafe so it has a back entrance with a ramp for baby carriages and one of the rooms is set up as a play room for kids. Despite this, it somehow manages to be a much quieter cafe than others I’ve been to.

It also has great chairs and a homey, super clean, bathroom.

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Because Kakmonstret is a bakery, they make all their own treats and you can order cakes and such to go. They also serve lunch foods if you’re looking for something more substantial.

I’m pretty sure, if I were to live in a cafe, it would be this one. It also turned out to be the prefect cafe for craftfikas, great lighting, great food, great staff.

 

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