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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The what? The who? The snickerdoodle!

No one can bake cookies like Americans can. My first childhood memory of American cookies is forever etched into my memory. Growing up we had some American neighbors. They had this cutest little dog called Snip that I used to walk. One day Snip´s owner rewarded me with a box of chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies have ever since been my favorite cookie, I mean, it´s nothing short of a classic.

When I moved to Oklahoma to go to college, I had my second cookie revelation: snickerdoodles. It has nothing to do with Snickers, but everything to do with a sugar and cinnamon crispy/chewy heaven!

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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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Don´t mess with Texas-cake

How many recipes are there for chocolate cakes? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Correct answer? Never enough 🙂

This one is of the dark, moist, seductive kind. And it´s sneaky. It grabs hold of your tongue, possessively, and doesn´t let go until you take a big gulp of ice cold milk… But even after that it leaves you unsatisfied, yearning for more…

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