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Close-up of IKEA cushions on the day-bed.Close-up of IKEA potted plants on the window sill.
We started with a daybed to make this spot perfect for lounging, but it’s also a great idea if you’ve got young children as it gives them a cosy place to sleep when they wake up in the night. Then we added a small table, plenty of comfy cushions and some warm lighting to create the perfect set-up for lazy Sunday afternoons.
Close-up of the finished apple pie and a cup of tea on the bedroom table.
Our favourite way to use this space would be a nice long ‘fika’ – a coffee break that we Swedes usually take with a little something sweet. We’re partial to ‘Äpplekaka’, a traditional Swedish apple pie. It’s delicious and simple to make. Why not try our recipe?
Swedish äpplekaka
For the pastry
5 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
200 grams of cold butter
2-3 tbsp cold water

For the filling
4-5 tart apples
2-3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

- Put the flour and sugar in a bowl and add the butter, cut into small pieces.
- Mix together with a fork or fingertips, then add the water and mix into a dough.
- Press the dough into an ungreased baking round of about 25 cm diameter, cut off the excess and save for later.
- Let it stand somewhere cool for 15 minutes then prick the bottom with a fork and bake in the middle of oven at 225 degrees for about 15 minutes.
- Peel, core and grate the apples then mix with the sugar and cinnamon.
- Put the apple mixture into the pre-cooked pastry, adding the left-over dough in strips over the apple mixture and bake in middle of oven 225 degrees for 20-25 mins.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.