August 22, 2011

Spiced sweet potato brownies to celebrate 2 years of blogging!


It's been nearly two years since I started my blog and I thought it would be appropriate to bake a little treat to mark the occasion. Admittedly, I've spent more time in the kitchen during the past two years than probably ever before, and although it's been a bit of a game of hits and misses, I've enjoyed the most of it.

When I first started this blog, back in August 2009, I was writing in Finnish and I never thought I'd have any other readers than perhaps my own parents. As I started to mingle more with the other Sydney food bloggers, I realised that it would probably make more sense if I wrote in English, and I then changed the name of the blog to 'Scandi Foodie' (denoting my Finnish-Swedish heritage and in purpose of promoting Scandinavian food and culture).

I've felt proud to give a glimpse to the Scandinavian culture through my recipes and posts, and I hope I've been able to inspire and educate people on the way. These spiced sweet potato brownies are to all of you who've been so kind and supportive - I thank you so much! 


Spiced Sweet Potato Brownies
(Recipe adapted from Dan Lepard)

100g coconut oil (not liquid)
100g dark chocolate (70%)
200g cooked and mashed sweet potato
100g organic rapadura sugar*
2 large free-range eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
100g whole spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground bitter orange**
100g macadamias, chopped

*if you can't find rapadura sugar, use raw caster sugar instead

**ground bitter orange (pomeranssi, Citrus aurantium) is a common spice used in Scandinavian cooking. If you can't find this, replace with ground orange or mandarin peel, or try ground ginger for a slightly sharper taste.

1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease a square 18cm baking dish. 

2. Place the coconut oil and roughly chopped chocolate in a bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave until just melted (do not let it boil!), but smooth. Alternatively, melt them in a saucepan on the stove. Set aside.

3. Beat the sweet potato and sugar in a separate bowl. Add the coconut and chocolate mixture, eggs and vanilla and beat until thick. 

4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and spices. Add this mixture into the wet ingredients, then fold everything together until smooth. Lastly fold in the macadamias.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until firm to touch. Leave to cool on wire rack before cutting into squares. 


66 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! Here is to many more in the future!

    I love how you showcase Scandinavian culture.

    Great brownies! Original.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Incredible recipe and photos...big congrats on two years of this lovely blog :)

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  3. Congrats of your 2 years blogging, keep up the good work!
    your photographs above absolutely mind blowing! i do love your lighting ;) and you're such a good executor on your own styling

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  4. Grattis! You really have succeeded in creating a beautiful, inspiring and useful blog. I love the ingredients in your healthy brownies and can't wait to make me a batch. :)

    Kram!

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  5. Happy two years blogging, Maria! Here's to many more happy blog years!

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  6. Congratulations on your 2 years! I really enjoy your blog and your wonderful recipes

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  7. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I am so pleased to have stumbled across your blog - it's a real inspiration to read your posts. I am definitely adding this recipe to my hoard of vegetable cakes.

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  8. Congratulations on the 2 years!! I've always thought your blog had been around longer, you are such a talented cook!
    Magda

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  9. Congratulations, it is amazing how the blog world takes over and you 'meet' so many people!
    This dish must have been made for me, I love sweet potato and I love chocolate what more could I wish for..... :-) Diane

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  10. Not sure I can get coconut oil other than liquid what would happen if I used coconut milk? Diane

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  11. Your brownies look gorgeous - I love the idea of using sweet potato. Congratulations on the 2 years, you're blog is always great to read :)

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  12. Hi Maria, happy 2nd birthday to your blog. I love how you showcase your background through food and it's a pleasure looking at your beautiful photos, not to mention many inspiring recipes. Here's to another year!
    Martyna

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  13. congrats on 2 fabulous years - I'm so glad you started posting in English! :)

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  14. Congrats on two years!! What a milestone!

    And the recipe looks fabulous! I have soooo much coconut oil on hand. I love recipes in which I can use it. Other than just making my coconut oil chocolates..haha!

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  15. I am totally obsessed with all things sweet potato. Your brownies look amazing! Happy blogiversary, too!

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  16. Happy 2 years! I'm always experimenting with brownies and have tried a few with sweet potato. Sweet potato is one of my favourite veggies.

    Just wondering what brand of coconut oil you use. I bought a bottle at Wild Food and it's really strong and overpowering.

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  17. Happy Blog Birthday! So glad I found your blog, and I can't wait to see what the next several years brings for you. I love these brownies, the sweet potatoes must add a lovely moistness and sweetness!

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  18. Happy blogoversary! These brownies look very interesting, I wonder if they'd work with honey instead of sugar and coconut flour instead of wheat flour.

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  19. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging Maria! I'm glad you blog because this is how we met! :D Many happy years to come!

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  20. maria they look so good and happy 2 yr blogoversary :D

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  21. Congrats on two years blogging! I really enjoy coming to your site and visiting with you on twitter. It makes this big world seem a bit smaller and more friendly. Thanks for sharing your ideas and recipes- so inspiring!

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  22. What a wonderful treat to celebrate a 2 year blogiversary. I am coming up on one year. I can't believe I have delved into this wonderful world of food and culture exchanges. Isn't it wonderful?!

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  23. Congrats on 2 years! Your blog is beautiful and these brownies sound amazing!

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  24. Congratulations! The brownies look yummy :) Have a great week!

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  25. Congrats!! You have a wonderful blog and I LOVE all your recipes!! These brownies look irresistible!

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  26. Happy anniversary! So glad you are around. Your recipes and photography are always so inspirational. Keep up the good work! You are a true contribution to the food blogger world.

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  27. Happy 2 years! These brownies are such a fantastic way to celebrate, too. :D

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  28. yay!! congratulations! We are all so thankful this blog was born :)

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  29. Happy Blog Birthday! 2 years is quite an achievement. And thank you for introducing me to so many Scandinavian delights, especially love your breads & all those uses for spelt flour :)

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  30. Paljon onnea blogisi syntttäreiden johdosta:) Blogisi on ihana ja kuvasi upeita,ja tänne on aina niin miellyttävää tulla:)

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  31. happy blogiversary maria! here's to many more years to come!

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  32. Happy 2nd anniversary! What a unique recipe to celebrate.

    Thanks for sharing your story - since I'm new-ish here I loved learning a bit more about the origins of your blog.

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  33. Congrats girl on 2 years! Wow, you have had some amazing things on here - not sure if I remember any of the misses you are referring to but I certainly know all the hits! :) These brownies look divine and the perfect way to celebrate!

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  34. Congratulations on the 2 years! This cake is definetely a must bake one! :)

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  35. Congrats on two years! Learning about other cultures and food traditions from other countries is probably what I like best about reading other food blogs and why I enjoy yours so much :)
    Such pretty brownies! I love the macadamia nuts :)

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  36. How exciting! You are such an inspiration and your recipes are simply divine! Thank you for 2 years worth of deliciousness and the many more to come. (And I am totally making these brownies tonight!)

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  37. Thank you all! It makes me so happy to hear you've enjoyed my blog, thank you so much for your kind words!

    Diane: I don't think coconut milk would give the same texture. You could try using liquid coconut oil instead, I'm just not a huge fan of it and prefer using the 'butter' instead.

    Thanks!

    Maria
    x

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  38. Can you substitute buckwheat flour in for the spelt? I am allergic to spelt.

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  39. CONGRAGS WITH THE DATE!!!! Celebrate well x
    Check out my blog for some cool recipes on http://teenage-baking.blogspot.com/ :)))

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  40. They look delicious! I am very excited to try brownies with sweet potatoes. Thanks for being adventurous!

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  41. Happy blog birthday Maria! What a way to celebrate - those brownies look fantastic!

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  42. Congratulations on your blogiversary :) its been a pleasure reading your recipes and experiencing your styling :)

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  43. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging, and may you have many more successful and enjoyable years as a Scandifoodie :)

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  44. Congrats on two years! I'm looking forward to many more recipes and beautiful photos.

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  45. Happy-Happy-Happy Blogging 2nd Anniversary! Those sweet potato brownies look simply delectable :)

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  46. Tuhat korda palju õnne! Kudos a thousand times! Küpsetan neid kooke Sinu auks! Shall bake those in honour of the occasion! Many more years of giving us joy and pleasure, please!

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  47. Wow!!! 48 comments, one gorgeous recipes and 2nd Anniversary.

    What else!!!

    ps: Beautiful pics ;)

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  48. Ooh, yes please. Shall I send my address in Brisbane? ;)

    Congrats on where you've come in 2 years - can't wait to see where you go from here! xx

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  49. This is genius! Can't wait to try, thank you :) Love that you use coconut oil and sweet potato together.

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  50. i haven't known you for these full two years, but i'm still impressed terribly impressed with the ingenious and delicious things you create. keep up the good work!

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  51. Congrats Maria! I love the use of sweet potato here. I've been thinking about baking with them as fall is slowly approaching the South, and we'll have an abundance of them.

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  52. Congratulations on two years of blogging. I remember first reading your blog in its early inception - changing its name to Scandi Foodie made it much easier to remember :) Looking forward to reading many more posts!

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  53. We were so on the same brain wave this week with the brownies, and with a touch of sweet potato... mmm. brownies are a great way to celebrate your 2 year anniversary. You have the loveliest blog, Maria, full of quality, delicious recipes that I always find myself turning to in a bind. Congratulations and cheers to the adventure!

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  54. Congratulations Maria on the two wonderful years of blogging - here's to many more!! I've very much enjoyed reading your blog! You're an inspiration!

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  55. Wow! Congrats on turning two! May you have many more food years!

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  56. Thanks again!

    Anonymous: I think you could definitely give buckwheat flour a go! Let me know how it turns out!

    Maria
    x

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  57. Maria, I am so happy you did start blogging and I am not at all surprised by the transformation of your followings. You write so well and your posts are thoughtful, inspiring, stunningly visualized and always wonderfully unique and genuine. It is a delight to come here and to see you represent the best of our part of the world makes me very proud.

    Big hugs, happy bloggiversary and best of luck for many years to come!

    xx Charlotta

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  58. Congrats and these look great! I've made sweet potato blondies but not yet brownies.

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  59. Congratulations!
    These brownies look delicious and I must try them; I am intrigued by this bitter orange spice you refer to ; as we use bitter oranges a lot in Lebanese cooking (its juice, peel and blossoms) I would love to get a hold of that spice. Any idea where I could find it?

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  60. Congratulations! & what beautiful brownies! Love the spiced up flavour here :)
    Heidi xo

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  61. Congratulations! You have such a beautiful blog. Wow, I must make these brownies soon!

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  62. cheers to two great years! So glad to know your site, its fabulous. I WILL make these.

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  63. Congratulations on two years of blogging! To many more!

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  64. Happy Anniversary, Maria!
    This recipe is a 'must try'. I do hope you stay with doing the blog for a very long time.

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  65. Happy birthday to your blog Maria! It's gorgeous, innovative and many recipes remind me of dishes my Mum used to cook for me when I was growing up. Many happy returns!

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