Sunday, April 12, 2015

Icelandic Dark Rye Bread / Rúgbrauð

Our father is not known for spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking. However, he does make this absolutely delicious sweet rye bread which is a very common type of bread in Iceland.

Mom's Icelandic Chocolate Cake

This is the chocolate cake that we've probably made (an eaten) the most often. Our mother originally got this recipe from our dad's sister decades ago and from then on it became the standard family chocolate cake for all celebrations and special occasions.  It is a really nice and easy chocolate cake, it comes together in just a few minutes and it goes well with any type of frosting and it's also perfect for making easy chocolate cupcakes :)

Icelandic No-Bake Cheesecake

The regular American baked cheese cake has traditionally not been that common in Iceland in my experience. Rather, most cheese cakes are made by whipping together cream cheese, sugar and whipped cream and then freezing the cake. This is our mother's take on this delicious dessert.

Icelandic plokkfiskur (mashed fish)

This dish is a very common dish in Iceland, liked by both children and adults. Somewhat surprisingly though, our own mother never made it when we were growing up but we would occasionally get a taste of it when visiting relatives or friends.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Icelandic bun day

Mardi gras or shrove Tuesday is celebrated all over the Nordic countries by eating loads of cream buns. In Iceland it is actually traditionally celebrated on a Monday (and not the Tuesday after) and Icelandic people sure love their bun day! Typically we have two types of buns -  pates a choux buns and a sweet bread bun. We then fill them with jam and cream and top them off with chocolate icing or melted chocolate.

The recipe we present to you is for pates a choux bun. Even if it is not typically Icelandic we just love it so much and I actually think it is becoming more popular than the regular old yeast sweet bun.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Date bread

This date-bread is absolutely delicious and is loved equally by both kids and grownups. I got the recipe from our mother like so many others :) 

I made it vegan by swapping the egg for a banana and it gave the bread a really nice banana flavour. Dates and banana really marry well together in my opinion. I hope you like it just as much as my family, they actually ate four loafs in only three days so that should really say something.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Our grandmother's Icelandic vínarbrauð pastry

This is the pastry we associate the most with our late grandmother - we even helped make it several times. It is really tasty and quick to make. There are no eggs in the recipe, these were generally pretty expensive in Iceland back in the day, so that must have been an added bonus and possibly the reason for why grandma made this so often.

When we published this recipe on our Icelandic blog the recipe was a huge hit, so many of our readers seemed to recognize it from their own grandmothers or youth, so we think it is fair to say that this is an Icelandic classic :)