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 :)

Norwegian Cinnamon Rolls

As the title indicates this recipe hardly qualifies as strictly Icelandic. However, the recipe has been in the family for a really long time - it originally came to us from a Norwegian Au-Pair that stayed with us for a year back in 1985, and it has been baked by both our mother and ourselves so many times that it has certainly become part of the family cook book. We honestly think this is one of the best Scandinavian cinnamon roll recipes out there. Cinnamon rolls are actually immensely popular in Iceland, as they are in all of the Nordic countries so we feel that sharing this recipe is a must :) 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Icelandic Waffles

This is a recipe from our mother and if you ask us, it's simply the best waffle recipe out there. In Iceland waffles are generally served with whipped cream and some type of jam, most often rhubarb jam (probably because that's pretty much the only fruit that grows in Iceland). In our family we like to use plain syrup (not maple) with them as well, it's a real treat :)