With Fat Tuesday and “fastelavn” just behind us, I am still thinking about how easy and tasty Norwegian “hveteboller” are. There is something special about Norwegian and Scandinavian baked goods. It’s never over the top, the pastries are rather rustic, and done just right, enough to make my mouth salivate by just looking at the many selections. While the French might take the crown for their baguettes, pain poulaine, croissants, eclairs, macaroons and other fabulous pastries, Scandinavians are not far behind when it comes to mastering this craft.
Growing up in Norway, I delighted in buying one of these sweet and fluffy wheat buns at my local bakery after school or on a Saturday afternoon when out shopping with my mom, it was always such a treat. I would eat them plain, just as they were on the shelf, no need for any topping or spread, as they are naturally incredibly tasty, with just a hint of cardamom and a sweetness from the sugar (and sometimes vanilla sugar) in the batter. Why the cardamom in Norwegian baked goods, many ask? One theory is that the Vikings brought home this spice from Istanbul, Turkey, after being hired soldiers there. While most countries use cardamom in savory dishes, we like to use it in our sweet and baked goods. Cardamom is supposed to be good for digestion, metabolism and balance out your hormonal system. But I digress… (no excuses needed to chow down on these awesome wheat buns!)
While some of the recipes call for regular butter, milk and eggs, you will be astounded to learn none of these ingredients are necessary. On this snow Sunday afternoon, I decided to make a dairy free and eggless recipe of “hveteboller” for my husband and myself as we are watching “The Shining” .. because, that is just what we felt like doing on this lazy day. And I have to say, the buns came out amazing. Light, fluffy and so flavorful they almost melt on your tongue, it brought me back to the times as a child when I ran to the bakery with my 5 kroner and bought myself a hvetebolle. A true treat does not have to be expensive or decadent. Try these out and let me know what you think… If you want, you can always cut these in half and fill them with whipped coconut cream and a dollop of jam to make them an extra special affair… at your own risk, because one is never enough!!
Makes about 16 buns
1 stick/8 tbsp vegan butter (I like Earth Balance)
1 1/2 cups almond milk or other plant based milk
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 packet dry yeast (about 2 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
about 4 cups of all purpose flour
almond milk/other plant based milk for brushing buns
Optional: You can add some raisins to the dough if you’d like (called ‘rosinboller’ in Norwegian)
Preheat oven to 450F. Butter/oil two sheet pans.
Melt the butter in a small sauce pot, then add the milk. Whisk in the confectioners sugar until smooth and heat until the mixture reaches around 125F. Be careful not to let the liquid get too hot, or you’ll kill the yeast.
Add the yeast, salt and cardamom into the bowl of a standmixer, fit it with a dough hook and gradually add the flour and beat for about 10 minutes on low-medium speed until a firm dough forms. Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot for about 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface, divide in half and knead each half into two long “sausages”. Using a dough cutter, divide each sausage into 8 equal parts, and roll into a bun. Place the buns onto the greased sheet pans and cover with a towel. Let rise again for about 20 minutes or so. Brush with almond /plant based milk and bake in oven for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Best when fresh out of the oven!
Norwegians are as passionate about their chocolate cakes as anybody else in the world, so it seems wrong not to include a recipe for one on Arctic Grub. I have been looking to make the perfect chocolate cake for quite some time now, and I finally have a recipe that I am super excited about!
Chocolate cakes can take many shapes and forms, using lighter chocolate like milk chocolate or dark, poured into baking pans, cake pans, loaf pans or even muffin pans. Here’s a picture of some classic Norwegian chocolates:
I prefer using dark chocolate, not just because it is void of any milk products, but because I find the flavor is much richer and deeper, and of course… dark chocolate contains more nutrients and has all the heart-protecting anti-oxidants. Here are some great reasons why you should choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate:
1. Dark chocolate is brimming with monounsatured fatty acids.
2. It contains half the sugar of milk chocolate and four times the fiber.
3. Iron levels soar in dark chocolate and can help make you strong!
4. It’s got way more magnesium and twice the potassium.
5. Dark chocolate has more theobromin, the bitter alkaloid of cocoa that helps lower blood pressure.
Now, if I still haven’t convinced you which chocolate is better, all you have to do, is just make this chocolate cake and you will throw your hands up and agree with me! :)
It’s hard to believe this cake does not contain any dairy or eggs. Rich, yet still light and fluffy – it comes together in 6 minutes and you don’t need a bowl to mix the ingredients – you just mix them right in the cake pan! Quick, easy and delicious? Yes, please! Don’t think the vinegar in the recipe is a mistake, the combination of vinegar and baking soda helps the cake rise.
For the frosting, use a high quality chocolate like Valhrona or Callebaut. For a more beautiful presentation and if you have a few more minutes, you can mix the ingredients in a bowl, and line the cake pan with parchment paper, oil the sides and dust with flour. This makes for an easy removal of the cake after it comes out of the oven and a more elegant look for guests.
I made this for my colleagues at work, and the cake was gone in minutes! Enjoy!
- 1 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cold, strong brewed coffee
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- ½ pound dark/bittersweet chocolate
- ¾ cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Equipment: 9-inch round or 8-inch square cake pan, 2-cup measuring cup, double boiler
- Preheat the oven to 375º.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, salt, and sugar directly into the cake pan.
- In the measuring cup, measure and mix together the oil, coffee, and vanilla.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the baking pan and mix the batter with a fork or a small whisk. When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly.
- There will be pale swirls in the batter as the baking soda and vinegar react. Stir just until the vinegar is evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and set aside to cool.
- To make the glaze, melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
- Stir the hot water and vanilla into the melted chocolate until smooth.
- Spoon the glaze over the cooled cake.
- Refrigerate the glazed cake for at least 30 minutes before serving.
In my constant quest of veganizing the Norwegian cuisine, I’m updating an old, classic Norwegian recipe called “kålruletter” or “kålruller”, which in the traditional way, are Savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with ground pork and baked in the oven, served with a white, creamy sauce. My version has cooked rice, lentils, sauteed shallots, garlic and red bell pepper seasoned with freshly ground nutmeg and spiced paprika. I have to say… my version is a lot more flavorful – of course I’m not biased at all ! I still challenge you to try my version, as I feel it’s packed with deep, layered flavors from all the different ingredients and also incredibly satisfying.
For those hard core old school’ers, you can check out my old post about kålruller here. Even if you prefer the vegetarian version, you can get some additional information about the dish and its background there.
According to the World Healthiest Foods, cabbage can provide some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming (as in the first step of this recipe). The fiber-related components in cabbage do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels.
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C, and has great anti-oxidant related properties, which is partly responsible for its cancer prevention benefits.
Cabbage has a long history of use both as a food and a medicine. It was developed from wild cabbage, a vegetable that was closer in appearance to collards and kale since it was composed of leaves that did not form a head.
It is thought that wild cabbage was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. It was grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held it in high regard as a general panacea capable of treating a host of health conditions.
While it’s unclear when and where the headed cabbage that we know today was developed, cultivation of cabbage spread across northern Europe into Germany, Poland and Russia, where it became a very popular vegetable in local food cultures. The Italians are credited with developing the Savoy cabbage. (end quote whfoods.com)
If you have not been convinced yet by the amazing health benefits of cabbage (and vegetables in general), then at least try this recipe for its amazing flavor! The meat will not be missed, I promise! :)
Kålruletter The Healthy Way
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white rice
1/2 cup green lentils
3-4 shallots, sliced thin
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp organic vegetable bouillon powder
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1 head of Savoy cabbage, whole leaves picked apart
1 cup vegetable broth
Oil an ovenproof dish that will fit 8 to 10 rolled up cabbage leaves and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 F.
Rinse the rice and the lentils separately. In two different small pots, cook the rice/lentils with 1 1/2 cups of water each for about 15-20 minutes until done. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat, add shallots, garlic and bell peppers and season with salt. Saute for 5-7 minutes, then add nutmeg and paprika, saute for another 30-40 seconds until fragrant. Add the rolled oats and toasted walnuts, and saute for another minute.
Add the lentils, rice, and onion mixture in a food processor along with bouillon powder and the 1/3 cup of water and pulse a few times until a rough farce is formed. Place in a bowl and place in fridge while you prepare the cabbage leaves.
In a large pot, bring a generous amount of salted water to a bowl, and place the separated cabbage leaves in the water, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Be careful not to overcook, as you want the vibrant color of the cabbage to remain. Scoop the leaves out of the water and place on clean dish towels so the water dries off.
Place one big spoon of the lentil rice filling into each cabbage leaf, and roll up like a spring roll.
Place the stuffed roll with the seam down into the prepared ovenproof dish. Fill with the vegetable broth, it should only cover the bottom of the pan.
Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, the cabbage rolls should be golden brown on top.
1/2 cup vegan butter
1//3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3 cups non dairy milk (I used almond milk)
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
Heat the vegan butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted. Add the all purpose flour and whisk. Allow to cook, whisking frequently, for a few minutes until a roux is formed. Make sure it does not darken, as we are making a white, not brown gravy!
- Add the non dairy milk, nutritional yeast, salt, Dijon mustard and garlic powder and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until sauce is nicely thickened to the consistency of cheese sauce. add the lemon juice and agave nectar and stir. If too thick, add some more non dairy milk.
Serve the baked kålruletter with the baked potatoes and drizzle over some of the white sauce. Guilt free and super delicious!!
It has been nearly two years ago since I posted about Norwegian pancakes on this blog, where I included a traditional recipe which included eggs and milk, you can read that post here. A lot has happened since, the most important thing has been my decision to adopt a plant based diet. Initially I was slightly worried I was not going to be able to supply true Norwegian recipes, because let’s face it: 95% of all dishes from my country contain one animal ingredient or another… Diving into test mode a bit further, I was relieved that not only can I make a lot of the old, classic recipes without resorting to butter, milk and eggs, I could recreate them to taste exactly the same way, and sometimes even better!
In place of eggs, I use flaxseed mixed with water, often referred to as “flax eggs”. It looks something like this and acts like a binder, just like eggs do:
Here are some of the other ingredients I added into this batter: almond milk, maple syrup, good quality, organic all purpose flour, and the secret ingredient to all the tasty Scandinavian baked goods: vaniljesukker, or vanilla sugar.
In Norway, pancakes are thinner than American pancakes, and enjoyed for dinner, not breakfast, and typically filled with blueberry jam and accompanied with a savory vegetable soup, such as “beta suppe” (although this often has meat in it) or green or yellow pea soup. The combination of sweet and salty is heavenly, very filling and most importantly, satisfies all the taste buds.
This recipe for pannekaker is very versatile and can be used both for savory and sweet pancakes – simply omit the sweetening agent and the cinnamon if you prefer them savory. I personally like a bit of a sweet batter, regardless of what I choose to stuff them with. These are super soft, juicy and delicious, all without adding eggs or milk!
COMPASSIONATE PANCAKES NORWEGIAN STYLE
makes about 8-10 pancakes
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil (rapeseed oil or canola) *or 4 tbsp melted vegan butter, I like Earth Balance
1/4 cup maple syrup
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl combine all the wet ingredients, then gradually add into the dry mixture until well incorporated and the batter is free of lumps. The batter should be relatively thin in texture. If too thick, you can add a bit more water/almond milk /plant based milk of your choice.
Let the batter rest for about 10-15 minutes before you begin cooking them. Add a bit of oil (not too much) or vegan butter to a frying pan and carefully pour in the batter with a ladle. When the surface starts drying out, flip the pancake and finish cooking on the other side until golden. Repeat.
Top with blueberry jam, fresh fruit, maple syrup, sauted vegetables or topping of your choice – roll them up into a sausage like concoction and chow!
The fall is the season to celebrate all the amazing Norwegian produce. This time of year, it’s high season for apples, onions, beets, Jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, parsnips and rutabaga in Norway. With the cool climate, it is only natural that root vegetables and fruits high in acidity (apples) as well as berries thrive the best. Traditions around these foods are near and dear to my heart, I love nothing more than to recreate them in my home in New York, as it brings me just a little closer to my family at home while I get to enjoy the familiar smells in the kitchen and taste around the table. I always find it fascinating that these two cultures share similar customs as well, albeit in slightly different ways.
For instance, Thanksgiving is not just an American tradition. Although Americans celebrate it in November, since 1889, the Norwegian Church has celebrated Thanksgiving in conjunction with the harvest around September or October. It is customary to bring in corn husks, fruits, vegetables and flowers to the church during service being held at the end of September.
After a long summer, we often feel as if fall hits us fast and hard with its grey, darker and cold days. But the fact is, much like in the U.S., this is one of the most colorful seasons in Norway both when it comes to nature and the variety of produce in season. As the weather gets colder, it feels more and more appropriate to spend days inside by a warm stove and do some cooking and baking together with family and friends. When I saw all of these gorgeous apples at the farmer market the other day, I got inspired to bake one of Norway’s most beloved cakes: The apple cake, or “Eplekake” as we fondly call it.
Did you know that October 17th is Norwegian Apple Day? Eplekake definitely belongs to fall in Norway. This flavorful cake is juicy, moist, light and buttery all at the same time, with the crisp acid from the apples and the sweetness from brown sugar and the apricot jam the sliced apples are brushed with. Not elaborate to make at all, but sure packs a lot of flavor and every home has their own version.
Here are my sliced apples ready to be placed on top of the batter (sprinkle them with a little lemon juice to avoid them from turning brown):
I’ve made it a dairy and egg free cake, where I replaced the eggs with ground flax seeds mixed with water, and I used vegan butter, although you can also use a good vegetable oil (not olive oil as the flavor is too strong). A nice touch is the sprinkles of sesame seeds at the bottom of the cake pan for added texture and flavor.
This is also an extra decadent apple cake as I add in some shredded marzipan. It really adds tremendous flavor and texture (so moist!) – worth every calorie! I usually buy the ready to use package from Odense, but you can also make your own by combining almond paste with confectioner’s sugar and some sugar water or corn syrup.
Here is what the ground flax seeds look like once they’ve swelled up in water. I use 1 tbsp of flax seeds with 3 tbsp of water for every egg. Works fantastic as a binder – just like eggs!
So simple and quick to make, but will look like you spent hours in the kitchen!
I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did – apples are abundant right now – this is a fun and delicious way to utilize this seasonal fruit!
NORWEGIAN EPLEKAKE WITH MARZIPAN
1 tbs vegan butter or butter of your choice, melted
1 tbsp sesame seeds
For the batter:
200 grams/7 oz vegan butter, melted and cooled off
150 grams/5 1/4 oz marzipan, roughly grated on a box grater
4 tbsp flax seeds combined with 3/4 cups of room temp water
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used spelt flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 cup organic apricot jam
1 tbsp water
50 grams or about 3 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
Butter a 10-inch (24 cm) cake pan and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and set aside.
Combine the flax seed with the water in a small bowl and let it swell for about 5 minutes while you measure out the other ingredients and prepare the apples.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar in a small bowl.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the apricot jam with the water and whisk until smooth, turn off and set aside.
Whisk the flax seed mixture with the brown sugar until well combined. Add in the melted butter and the grated marzipan (and vanilla extract if using). Add in the flour mixture and mix until all the flour is integrated. Pour the batter into the cake pan.
Neatly arrange and stick the apple slices into the batter in a circle until the entire surface is covered. Brush the apple slices with the prepared apricot jam. If using pine nuts, sprinkle those on top (I omitted these). Place the cake in the oven on the lowest or second to lowest rack and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Serve the cake warm with vanilla sauce or vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream. Yum!!
Here is my cake right out of the oven – ready to be devoured!!
Most people who have experienced biting into a big, red, juicy strawberry while in Norway agree that Norwegian strawberries are in a league of its own. Wild strawberries have been known in Europe since the Roman era, but they were not commercially grown until the 19th century. Strawberries were used as medicine; its juice was rubbed on old wounds along with salt.
Norwegians are known for the record amount of strawberries they consume: Every Norwegian eats a total of four kilos (around 9 lbs) per year! Filled with antioxidants and containing fewer pesticides than strawberries found in other parts of the world, the berries are first and foremost so tasty because they get picked when they are fully ripe, not a bit before, as is the case with imported berries (to guarantee longevity when transported). Additionally, the conditions in Norway are ideal with long, light filled days combined with a cool climate that lengthens the ripening period, allowing the berries to develop great flavors.
I was lucky to grow up with a big backyard and a big fruit and vegetable garden with rows of strawberry plants, and had the luxury of being able to put my flip flops on when waking up in the morning, go in the back and pick ripe, juicy berries right from the ground and bring back for breakfast. Of course, as a young girl, I preferred eating them for dessert – just thinly sliced and covered in cream and a sprinkle of sugar…
Here I am photographed in my early teens in front of our vegetable garden at home in Norway:
Due to the very mild winter Norway experienced this year, the strawberry season this year is the best in many years. I’ve been reading tons of articles about strawberries in Norwegian papers and was inspired by the many recipes that have popped up as a result of this fabulous season. Naturally, living in New York, I seek to combine my two cultures; Norwegian and American, and felt a desire to create a dairy free strawberry shortcake. An American classic and family favorite, it’s hard not to love this dessert, and with this coming Friday being the first official day of summer, it is the perfect seasonal dish!
I’m happy to say my version turned out perfectly and although I wasn’t fortunate enough to have Norwegian strawberries on hand, I found some pretty amazingly flavor packed ones at my local farmer market this past Sunday. The light biscuits get a nice lift and fresh taste by including some lemon zest in the dough, and instead of traditional heavy cream I whipped up coconut cream which added just that extra exotic and exciting flavor to bring the dish all together. If you can’t find tasty strawberries where you are this time of year, feel free to substitute with any fresh fruit of your choice, it will still taste delicious!
I urge you to try this recipe and compare it to your traditional way of making them – I bet you won’t miss the dairy! :)
SUNNY’S NORWEGIAN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
3 cups hulled strawberries, sliced in half
1/2 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons chilled vegan butter or firm coconut butter, diced
1/2 cup almond, soy or other plant based milk
1 x 14 oz full fat coconut milk *
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
Start by macerating strawberries: Combine strawberries in a bowl with the 1/2 cup sugar and lemon juice, stir and set aside in fridge.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
To prepare batter: In a food processor, pulse together the remaining sugar , flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt until well combined. Add the vegan butter or coconut butter, pulsing until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. With the machine still running, add the non-dairy milk alternative gradually, until the dough just begins to hold together and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and pat into 8 small round biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle lightly with sugar, and bake about 18-20 minutes, or until golden. Allow the biscuits to cool on the baking sheet.
To prepare coconut cream: *Place can of coconut milk in fridge overnight so that the coconut fat of the milk gathers on top. Carefully open the can and remove the solid “lid” of fat and place in a bowl (you want to whip only the fat/solid mass). Save the coconut juice at the bottom for another time. Add the vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar and whip in a stand mixer until fluffy and thick. Set aside in fridge until ready to serve.
To serve, slice the cooled biscuits in half, spoon some of the strawberry mixture on top of one half, and place a dollop of whipped coconut cream on top and place the other biscuit half on top. Now you’ve got the taste of summer on your plate!!
Today marks the start of Easter in Norway – Palm Sunday is always an exciting day, as Norwegians look forward to the week ahead when they trek to the mountains in search of snow, sun, skiing, and of course… great food! The Easter holiday is huge in Norway, and always makes me homesick as I never get the same feeling of this celebratory time in my adopted country of the United States. Work always seem to take center stage here, while the opposite might be said to be true in my native country. Life is a little more than your career – it is enjoyment, spending time with family and friends, traveling, getting away from the hustle and bustle and preparing special foods to ring in the holiday.
Food with the color yellow is always popular around Easter. Think Easter eggs, yellow flowers, the color of the sun (which have reappeared this time of year after a long winter) and oranges, which could be said to be somewhat yellowish too. Norwegians eat oranges like they are going out of style for Easter – it is a popular snack food to bring along in backpacks when going hiking or skiing in the mountains. Of course, a little chocolate is appropriate too most likely the brand “Kvikklunsj”, literally translated to “quick lunch” and is reminiscent of our Kit Kat bars, but only ten times better :)
I recently came to think of the delicious pastry called “Solskinnskringle” – or “Sunshine Kringle”, shaped into a wreath or like a pretzel, filled with orange marmalade, almonds and vanilla custard and drizzled with confectioners sugar. Ever since having adopted a vegan diet, I was curious as to how I would ever be able to eat vanilla custard again, one of my favorite delicacies in pastries. I was so relieved to come across a recipe using cashew nuts that, when soaked and pureed in a blender, turned into a creamy, custard like mousse, and with the addition of vanilla beans, tastes just like the real thing. Below is my interpretation of a dairy free, egg less sunshine kringle – perfect to bake early next week in preparation for Easter weekend! Enjoy everyone!
SOLSKINNSKRINGLE (Sunshine Kringle)
1 stick margarine or 3 1/2 oz coconut butter or oil
1 cup almond milk
25 grams or 1 oz fresh yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Vanilla Custard Filling:
2 cups cashews, (soaked in water for 2 hours or more)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract or seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 cup melted coconut butter or il
1/4 tsp sea salt
Add cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and sea salt to a high-speed bender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Place in the freezer to set for 2 hours. Your vanilla custard is ready for use!
3 1/2 oz shredded marzipan
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit (210 Celcius). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Heat the almond milk in a small pot until warm to the touch, around 98-99F/37C. Crumble the fresh yeast into the milk and mix until combined. In a large bowl, add the salt, sugar, cardamom and flax seed mixture. Pour in the milk-yeast mixture, and start gradually adding the all purpose flour. Combine and knead until you get a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for about 1 hour.
Pour the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and with a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 25 x 10 inch rectangle (60×25 cm). Using a spatula, spread the vanilla custard over the dough and sprinkle on the marzipan. Pour dollops of orange marmalade on top.
From the longest side closest to you, roll up the dough like a swiss roll. Shape the dough like a kringle (or pretzel) and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake the kringle in the middle of the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden. Cool on a rack.
While the kringle is cooling off, prepare the confectioners glaze. Whisk the confectioners sugar in a bowl with the added fresh lemon juice until smooth and relatively thick. If too thin, add more confectioners sugar. You can add the glaze to a piping bag or just drizzle the glaze over the cake with a fork.
Now you are ready to celebrate Norwegian Easter!
Photo Source: Tine.no