“Vacuum cleaners”, or dammsugare, are probably the best way to talk about cleaning equipment, ever.
It is even popular enough to have it’s own celebratory day, on the 7th of March.
To be fair, this sweet treat has more names than one. Puschrulle, arracksrulle, trådrulle, or 150-ohmare (punsch rolls, thread rolls, and 150 ohm safety fuses) are all names that describe what it looks like. Today, dammsugare or punschrulle are the most common names.
So what is it, really? Expect a thick batter of cake crumbs mixed together with cacao, butter, and arrack. The batter is formed into logs that are covered with marzipan, cut into pieces, and have their ends dipped in chocolate.
How to make mighty fine Swedish dammsugare
“Mix things you have handy until it tastes good” makes for a very short recipe. This is a great way to use any leftover cake or cookies. If your leftovers include pearl sugar or marzipan, try to blend them in a mixer to remove hard lumps in the batter. This makes about 20 vacuum cleaners, depending on the size:
100g (2/5 cup) butter, room-temperature
1/2-1 dl (1/5-2/5 cup) powdered sugar
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
3 1/2 dl (1 2/5 cups) leftover sponge cake and/or cookie crumbs
about 1-2 tbsp arrack, punsch, or rum (to taste)
300g (10oz) marzipan
food coloring (green, or any color you prefer)
75 gr (3oz) dark chocolate (I tend to use 60%)
- Stir the soft butter, the lower amount of powdered sugar, cacao powder, and vanilla powder in a bowl until it is smooth.
- Crumble the cake and/or cookies into the bowl and stir.
- Add a little bit of arrack or punsch and blend it all.
- Test the flavors and adjust until you have a thick batter and a flavor you enjoy. Add more sugar if needed.
- Form the batter into long logs, about 3 cm (1-1 1/2 inch) thick, depending on how large punsch rolls you want.
- Color the marzipan with a little bit of food coloring. I tend to use gel-based food colorants, with a bit of green and a dash of yellow. A little goes a long way.
- Roll out the marzipan between two baking sheets or sheets of cling film, so that it is wide enough to be able to cover the logs.
- Place the logs on the marzipan and cover them. Let the marzipan overlap slightly and place the logs with the seam facing down.
- With a sharp knife, cut the long logs into smaller logs, about 6 cm (just over 2 inches) long.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over boiling water in a heat-proof bowl. Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from the heat and place it next to a baking sheet.
- Dip the vacuum cleaners in the chocolate. The edges generally get the prettiest if you dip all of them on one side first, then start over and dip the other side when they have dried slightly. Gently scrape off the excess chocolate from the underside before you place the dammsugare on the baking sheet if you want to avoid that it floats out and creates “chocolate feet”. Let the chocolate set.
- Admire your vacuum cleaners and enjoy!