Biscotti, always

Biscotti

It is the first day of a new year, and it is close to a full year before we wipe the dust off of the various Christmas cookie recipes. These classic biscotti taste great for Christmas, but thank God it is allowed to bake (and eat) them all year! They taste great with an espresso, a cup of tea or even wine. And guess what. This must be about the only cookie recipe with zero butter or oil! But they are still amazing, so not to worry. Oh, and feel free to double the recipe.

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Scandinavian (mashed) potato flat bread – a two-for-one

Sorry for the somewhat weird title, potetkake doesn´t (I discovered) have a really good English translation. Lompe is another Norwegian name for this funny looking, traditional, yet scrumptious whatchamacallit. Since another Norwegian synonym probably doesn´t help you much, I am just gonna call it potetkake for the rest of the post, ok?

And I will do my best to explain to you what it is and I will present one very traditional way to use it, and one untraditional (at least in my region!). Both delicious!

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Cognac and spice-glazed plums

A few days ago I was home at my parents´ and my grandparents stopped by with lots of plums from their backyard, sweet, ripe and fresh off the trees. It is only so many plums one can eat without getting a tummy ache, so I did a little reasearch to get some inspiration. The result; cognac and spice-glazed plums served over vanilla icecream. If I must say so myself, it turned out lovely! So, if the trees in your backyard is heavy with ripe plums… make this! It was easy, I swear 🙂

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Chocolate fondant le fabuleux

Not only is chocolate the most sublime, mouthwatering must-haves that exists on this planet, chocolate also has many health benefits. It is good for your heart (lowers blood pressure and cholesterol), it fights aging, it gives pleasure (seriously, endorphins. I am not making that up), and it works as an anti-depressant. And that’s a good thing; cause if you knew what I paid for this chocolate, you would need about a pound of it to help you out of that depression!

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Rhubarb soup with fresh strawberries and mascarpone cream

Rhubarb (like the Scandinavian women) is standing tall, tempting and bountiful in many a Scandinavian garden right now. In not too long, the rhubarb will be too acidic to eat, so let´s use it now while we can, shall we? You could always just peel off the strings and dip the rhubarb in a cup of sugar and chow away at it (brings back childhood memories, doesn´t it?), but let´s be a bit more creative. How about posh-ing up  (not to be confused with poaching) a traditional Norwegian early summer dessert; the rhubarb soup? Key words: black fragrant vanilla, sweet red strawberries, smooth white mascarpone… Not possible to go wrong here…!

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