Books and Baking: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

I recently found myself in quite a serendipitous state of baking and bibliophilic harmony. I believe I’d just taken my first tray of Swedish Butterscotch Sea Salt Cookies out of the oven, when I suddenly realised: “Well! This is rather appropriate.”

My copy of Jonas Jonasson’s The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – a delightfully absurd story of a Swedish centenarian’s present and (as it turns out, quite significant) past adventures – lay on the coffee table, the victim of an impending Book Club speed-read. It was in fact the first book of a newly established Book Club – one involving a lovely ol’ bunch of friends from uni, plus copious amounts of cheese and wine. I do highly recommend such an arrangement. Very good for the soul indeed.

Little Wanderings - Books and Baking 2

Little Wanderings - Books and Baking 1

And so it became apparent, of course, that I would have to bake another batch of Swedish Butterscotch Sea Salt Cookies for said Book Club. Even moreso, because I left the house and absentmindedly left the first batch out on cooling racks for the rest of the day. Oh, it was a sad, sad moment returning to those biscuits. So recently a glorious, crunchy treat! Now so soft and stale, having been so carelessly denied an air-tight confine. Luckily, upon further baking I can confirm that speedy transferral to an air-tight container after cooling keeps these biscuits fresh and crunchy for days.

The recipe comes from Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella, and I highly recommend giving it a go – even if you’re not currently devouring a good bit of Scandinavian literature. They’re quite possibly the easiest biscuits I’ve ever made, and the only ingredient I had to duck out for was golden syrup. The simple butterscotch taste, a hint of sea salt and that beautiful crunch make for a devilishly addictive biscuit, mind you. I was seriously unable to eat any less than three at a time. Thankfully they went down a treat at Book Club, and I was only forced to take care of a few leftovers…

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  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Terri I had the same reaction as you! It’s hard to put them down and who knew that such an easy recipe would yield such an addictively good biscuit? :D

    • Terri

      Lorraine! They’re divine – especially those wonderfully extra-cruncy end pieces! ;D

  • http://alexandrahallam.com allyhallam

    Yum! Might have to whip up a batch!
    And thank you for reminding me that I’ve been meaning to read The One Hundred Year Old Man… now that I have the time to read i!

    • Terri

      I highly recommend such batch whippage! And happy reading! :D