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Biscotti, always

In Desserts, My favorites, Sweets on January 1, 2014 at 12:44

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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A chocolate dessert and a kitchen under construction

In Desserts, Sweets on February 20, 2012 at 23:46

Cold, smooth, creamy, and incredibly rich. Chocolatey, yet delicate. But two warnings; 1) it is not for the faint hearted 2) serve it in small bowls.

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

In Appetizers, Breads, Desserts, Flat bread, Kid´s menu, Salmon, Small dishes, Sweets, Traditional on December 30, 2011 at 23:40

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!

In Bakery, Cookies, Kid´s menu, Snickerdoodles, Sweets on December 18, 2011 at 22:33

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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Tempura ice cream

In Asian, Desserts, Sweets, Tempura ice cream on November 22, 2011 at 23:53

Fond of ice cream? How about re-inventing this classic dessert?

Let´s toss it in the deep-frier, Japanese style! Are you in?

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Cognac and spice-glazed plums

In Desserts, Plums, Sweets on September 3, 2011 at 20:46

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

In Cakes and pies, Chocolate, Kid´s menu, Sweets on August 28, 2011 at 22:02

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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Chocolate fondant le fabuleux

In Chocolate fondant, Desserts, Sweets on August 17, 2011 at 22:08

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

In Desserts, Soups, Sweets on June 12, 2011 at 22:51

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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Queen Maud´s dessert (Dronning Maud pudding)

In Desserts, Kid´s menu, Sweets on May 16, 2011 at 00:11

This incredibly fluffy, creamy, yet rich dessert was made for Queen Maud of Norway in 1906 by a chef in Haugesund as she and King Haakon were visiting the country after the crowning. This dessert was therefore fittingly named Dronning Maud pudding, or Queen Maud´s pudding/dessert, and has become very popular. It can be found at just about every dessert table in the region Haugalandet on most days worth celebrating. And as Norway´s national day, 17th of May, is fast approaching I figured I´d share this magnificent local specialty with you!

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