Sometimes unexpected things happen, like that morning in September when Birgit Nilsson-Bergström from Hembakningsrådet (The Swedish home baking association) called to tell me that they made me the 2017 Home baker! I was in the car driving Vigo, our oldest son, to school, and almost ran off the road of pur excitement and surprise. ”Hembakningsrådet” is an organisation that since 1959 has been working to inspire people to bake, using good recipes and giving practical advice. Now they had noticed my cinnamon bun baking workshops and thought that they helped spread the home baking and the Swedish ”fika” culture to such an extent that I deserved the title of the Home Emperor of the Year! Wow! What an honour!
I received the award, a diploma in the watercolor made by the Gothenburg artist Carina Sundemo and a beautiful bronze sculpture designed by the Royal Court confectioner Carl-Bertil Widell, at a ceremony on the national Cinnamon Bund day this Wednesday (October 4th). A million Thank you’s for the trust ”Hembakingsrådet”! Now there are even more cinnamon bun baking workshops here in the kitchen in the future.