Rachel Khoos Scandinavian favourite translates as sandwich cake, and is a pretty savoury snack made with horseradish cream and quick cured salmon
By Rachel Khoo
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes plus 1 hour chilling
  • Effort: medium


For the quick cured salmon

  • 35 g coarse salt
  • 35 g sugar
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 1 small raw beetroot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 150 g very fresh skinned salmon, sliced into thin slivers

For the sandwich filling and topping

  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 1½ tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 4 slices Swedish flatbreads, or good quality sliced white bread, crusts taken off
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 pickled beetroot, very thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp salmon roe
  • a few sprigs of dill


1. For the quick cured salmon Measure out the salt, sugar and juniper berries into a pan. Add the raw beetroot to the pan along with 250ml water. Bring to the boil, simmer to dissolve the sugar and salt, leave to cool until it reaches room temperature then place in the fridge to chill.

2. Finely slice the salmon into thin slivers. Drop into the brine for 4 minutes and remove, drain and pat dry with kitchen roll. Discard the brine. Set aside while you assemble the sandwich.

3. For the sandwich filling and topping: Whisk the whipping cream to firmish peaks, fold in the horseradish cream with some seasoning.

4. Assemble the sandwich 4 slices of bread at a time. Thinly spread each slice with some of the cream, then place each one on top of the other.

5. Make cucumber ribbons from two sides of the cucumber. Take a vegetable peeler and peel thin ribbons, discard the outside first one and dont use the seeded part. You need 4 perfect ones.

6. With a melon baller, make around 30-35 balls of cucumber from the other two sides of cucumber, discard the middle seeded part of the cucumber.

7. Spread the rest of the cream around the outside edges and top (like icing a cake), then delicately place the cucumber ribbons around the edges of the sandwich cake.

8. Now decorate the top (make sure it is nice and smooth with a palette knife). Do a frame of cucumber balls around the edge of the cake on the top then twist the pieces of salmon around one finger to make a rose shape. Dot these around all over the top of the cake, along with slices of the pickled beetroot, the lemon slivers and sprigs of dill. Dot the salmon roe around. Chill until ready to serve, up to 3 hours.

For more Nordic inspired recipes, see our Scandinavian recipes

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