Smorgastarta: Swedish smoked fish sandwich layer cake
Friends and family send me interesting food articles, photos, and recipes. every now and then, My inner self competitiveness gets challenged. I just have to try it. Sometimes it comes out good. Others turn into disasters. The disasters still get eaten as I hate to waste food.
For this, the method and technique were more important to me than the recipe ingredients. The recipe calls for cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, and radishes along with salmon roses for garnish. I stripped the ingredients to the bare minimum. The only addition was the edible flowers. They were on sale for a dollar. I cannot resist low prices for good stuff.
Pricing was important in the fish choices. The recipe calls for smoked salmon and sturgeon or white fish. The sturgeon and white fish were prohibitively expensive. I substituted them with smoked trout. Other recipes use smoked herring or other smoked fish. I substituted the fresh shrimp with smoked.
The original has a bread recipe. My bread making skills are OK, but not up to par for this. I searched for a cake like bread. I settled on brioche. The yellow added another color. It is delicate, but cake like. It takes a deft touch and some patience to frost.
The original recipe called for a Swedish mousse to coat each layer. I used a combination of sour cream, cream cheese, and taramosalata.
One loaf of brioche
8 oz. whipped cream cheese at room temperature
8 oz. sour cream at room temperature
3-4 tablespoons of taramasalata (Optional)
1/2 pound smoke salmon sliced thin
8-12 smoked or fresh shrimp, peeled
One whole medium size smoked trout- flesh flaked
Fresh or dried dill
Chopped flat leaf parsley
German or Dijon mustard
Any colorful garnishes you can contrive. Smoked salmon or tomato roses, radishes, or other colorful things. If you have pastry skills, you can make flowers with colored whipped cream cheese and sour cream, a pastry bag and tips.
Mix three tablespoons of taramasalata with enough cream cheese and sour cream to make a filling. This should be the consistency of cake filling.
Mix the rest of the cream cheese, sour cream, along with salt and white pepper to taste to make the frosting. This should be the consistency of frosting.
Follow the instructions in the photo gallery.