Monday, July 2, 2012

Things I've learned in Sweden: Tant Brun

Tant Brun Cafe in Sigtuna
Happy Monday and welcome back. During this first week of vacation, back in the US, we have met several people who will be traveling to Sweden this Summer.

Coffee in copper pots under the summer sun.  These conversations had me thinking about something we love to do when we pick our international visitors. We like to go directly to Sigtuna, a nearby picturesque medieval town, for a coffee or snack at the Tant Brun Cafe (click here); a cafe that was founded in the end of the 1600's and revived in the 70's.

Coffee is served in individual copper pots, baked goods are made daily and the setting and service is a wonderful glimpse into Swedish yesteryear. We think it's a great introduction to Sweden, year around. In the summer, there is service in the courtyard under the apple trees and in the winter, inside the traditional red and white, wooden building, with nooks next to the 17th Century fireplaces.
Coffee is served in individual traditional copper coffee pots and pairs perfectly with Swedish baked goods. A standing favorite is their warm apple (or blueberry) pie with vanilla sauce. And, for espresso purists, like my husband: they now serve espressos and cappuccinos, too.

This is traditional Swedish Apple Pie, which is served hot with vanilla cream.
We took the opportunity to drop in to Tant Brun before picking up our oldest son as we returned from his class trip to Provence. Grayson and Francesca negotiated splitting sandwiches so that they could share dessert. 

"Tant Brun" means Aunt Brown and is a character from one of the classic books by Swedish writer Elsa Beskow. Beskow has centered several stories in this town.

VIDEUNG. Elsa Beskow

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