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How to Make Your Own Gravlax in 8 Easy Steps
Cold-cured with sugar, salt, and fresh dill, gravlax has a fresh, delicate flavor and is delicious served either as an elegant appetizer or as an unbeatable topping for smørrebrød, Denmark's open-faced sandwiches.
What are Lingonberries and What are They Used...
A definition of lingonberries, a key food in the Scandinavian diet
Kanelbullar: How to Make Sweden's Answer to the...
Scandinavian cinnamon rolls, Kanelbullar, are light, delicately spiced sweet breads that marry perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.
Marinated Cucumber Salad (in Swedish, Inlagd...
Sliced paper-thin and marinated in a sweetened mixture of vinegar and lemon juice, these cucumbers serve as a light, fresh complement to any meal.
How to Make Icelandic Skyr
Find illustrated, step-by-step instructions for making homemade Icelandic skyr, much thicker than American or even Greek yogurt and loaded with probiotics.
Aebleskiver: Denmark's Delicious Donut-Pancake...
A recipe for Aebleskiver, Danish Pancake Balls - a favorite pastry in both Denmark and in Danish-American communities.
Finnish Oven Pancake (Pannukakku)
A quick and simple recipe for Pannukakku, the premier oven baked pancake of Finland. Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit either as a main course pancake or a light dessert.
Egg Coffee
Egg coffee, long a tradition among Scandinavian-American Lutheran congregations of the Midwest, is a light, clear brew that's free of the bitterness and acidity of coffee prepared by more modern methods.
Rødgrød med Fløde - Danish...
Red berry pudding with cream is Denmark's unofficial national dessert.
How to Harvest and Prepare Nettles
In Scandinavia, it’s a common rite of Spring to go outside as the ground begins to thaw and to harvest the first fresh stinging nettle leaves. Rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, flavonoids, histamine, and serotonin, the tender leaves are well worth the slight risk involving in gathering and preparing them. Here's how.
Norwegian Kransekake: Traditional Almond Ring...
Kransekake, or "Ring Cake," is the signature cake of Norway, earning pride of place on wedding, birthday,
Finnish Cinnamon Pastries (Korvapuusti)
Your kids will stand in line for Finland's version of "slapped ears": cardamom buns filled with brown
Kladdkaka: How to Make Swedish Chocolate Cake...
An easy recipe for Swedish Kladdkaka, Chocolate Sticky Cake - a chocolate lover's dream come true. Decadent and quick to prepare whenever a chocolate craving strikes.
Healthier Homemade Spelt Pie Crust for Pies and...
How to make a basic spelt pie crust for Nordic pies and savory quiches.
Basic Recipe for Homemade Icelandic Skyr
Basic recipe for homemade skyr. Scandinavian Food.
Basic Scandinavian Cardamom Dough for Coffee...
Basic Scandinavian Cardamom Dough - A basic Scandinavian cardamom dough recipe that forms the base for numerous yeasted sweet breads, coffee cakes, buns, and rolls.
A Review of Sweden's Daim Candy
These mini candy bars contain a center of almond-flavored toffee, covered by a thin layer of the caliber of chocolate that only Europeans can concoct.
Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Few things go as beautifully with freshly cured gravlax as this sweet dill mustard sauce. Prepare this recipe as a condiment for roasted lamb or sliced meats as well.
A Summer Smörgåsbord
How to Prepare a Scandinavian Summer Smorgasbord - A Selection of Scandinavian Recipes for Cold Smorgasbord Buffet Dishes
Krumkake: How to Make Norway's Version of the...
Norwegian Krumkake Cookies - A Recipe for Krumkake Cookies from Norway
America's Favorite Scandinavian Almond Cake...
One of the most popular Scandinavian almond cake recipes.
Favorite Fika Foods - Scandinavian Coffee Cakes...
No one takes their coffee breaks more seriously than Scandinavians. Perhaps it's the dark winters, or
Pytt i Panna – Swedish Hash
Swedish Hash, Pytt i Panna, is a great way to use up leftover potatoes and meats.
Kjötsúpa, Icelandic Lamb Soup
Kjotsupa, Icelandic Lamb Soup, is a traditional recipe that optimizes the flavors of root vegetables including carrots, rutabagas, and potatoes.
Lutefisk
Lutefisk, long a holiday food tradition among Scandinavian-Americans, is dried stockfish (normally cod or ling, but haddock and pollock can also be used) that has been brined in lye, soaked to remove the resulting causticity, and then steamed until it flakes (although it still looks and feels gelatinous). It is typically served with a warm cream or butter sauce and copious amounts of beer or aquavit.
Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta)
Celebrate significant moments, birthdays, and special events with this extraordinary Prinsesstårta, Princess Cake.
Basic Scandinavian Rosette Cookies - A Basic...
Far more delicate and less sweet than heavy American funnel cakes, Scandinavian rosette cookies are a justifiable indulgence no matter what the season.
How to Prepare and Construct a Norwegian...
Step-by-step illustrated guide to making Norwegian kransekake - Norwegian almond ring cake.
Specialty Scandinavian Baking Tools
Although most of the everyday dishes of the Scandinavian countries can be prepared using cooking equipment common to western kitchens, the glories of Scandinavian cuisine, its incomparable and beautiful cookies, pastries, and cakes, are best made using specialty baking tools. A few are expensive; most are not and are readily available from gourmet or Scandinavian cooking suppliers or on eBay.
Icelandic Thunder Bread Recipe - Rugbrauð
This moist, Icelandic dark rye bread ( rugbrauð) , also called " thunder bread " or " pot bread ," has
Sweet Yeasted Bread (Vetebröd)
Sweet yeasted breads in Scandinavia are formed into a variety of beautiful shapes depending upon the occasion. Spiced with cardamom, they are far less sugary than most processed coffee breads.
How to Make Krumkake
How to Make Krumkake - Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Norwegian Krumkake Cookies
How to Make Scandinavian Rosette Cookies
Illustrated step-by-step instructions for making Scandinavian rosette cookies.
Swedish Dried Yellow Pea Soup with Ham and...
This Swedish dried pea soup recipe, known as Ärtsoppa, is an immensely gratifying, warming soup traditionally
How To Make This Popular Filling for Icelandic...
An easy recipe for rhubarb jam, an Icelandic staple
Färskpotatissalad - New Potato Salad
A Swedish recipe for Farskpotatissalad, New Potato Salad, commonly served on Midsummer's Eve in Scandinavia.
Rice Porridge (Risengrød in Danish,...
Rice Porridge, Risengrød, is traditionally served on Christmas Eve in Denmark and Sweden. One places a single blanched almond in the porridge before serving; whoever finds it will be married (some say
Swedish Limpa Bread (Spiced Orange Rye Bread)
Also known as Vortlimpa, Sweden's limpa bread is commonly made with different ingredients at various times of the year, particularly at Christmas time.
How to Make Basic Lefse (Norwegian Potato...
Basic recipe for Norwegian potato lefse.
The Essential Recipe for Scandinavian Cardamom...
This is the most basic recipe for cardamom waffles that everyone will love, especially when served heart-shaped and accompanied by lingonberry jam.
All About Cardamom, Scandinavia's Favorite Spice
All about cardamom, Scandinavia's favorite spice
Happy Marriage Cake - An Old-Fashioned Favorite...
A traditional recipe for Iceland's Happy Marriage Cake
The Scandinavian Coffee Table
A happy medium between elaborate smörgåsbord entertaining and the daily Swedish ritual of fika, Scandinavian Coffee Tables set the stage for truly memorable celebrations of special events.
Great Online Suppliers of Scandinavian Foods...
You don't have to live in Minnesota or the Pacific Northwest to have easy access to Scandinavian foods and ingredients. Here are a few of the leading providers of the specialty baking ingredients, imported seafood, cheeses, and baked goods that will make your next smörgåsbord both authentic and delicious.
What are Cloudberries?
So prized in Scandinavia (since they don't lend themselves to commercial cultivation), that gatherers keep the locations of patches well-kept secrets.
Light Syrup (Ljus Sirap) and Dark Syrup...
Definition of Scandinavian Light Syrup and Dark Syrup
Making Pesto with a Scandinavian Twist
Lemon-Dill Pesto is a wonderful accompaniment for grilled fish or chicken.
Hasselback Potatoes (Hasselbackspotatis)
Named after the Stockholm restaurant that first introduced them, Hasselback potatoes, adopted as “accordion potatoes” by other European cuisines provide an elegant alternative to baked potatoes.
Norwegian School Bread (Skolebrød)
Skolebrod, Norwegian School Bread - A School Bread Recipe from Norway
Danish Sugar-Browned Potatoes (Brunede Kartofler)
Serve Brunede Kartofler, Danish Sugar-Browned Potatoes, as a quick and easy side dish for roast beef, lamb, chicken, or pork.
7 Favorite Scandinavian Christmas Cookie Recipes
No Scandinavian holiday gathering would be complete without at least seven types of Christmas cookies.
Hindbaer Snitter – Danish Raspberry Bars
Hindbaer Snitter, Danish raspberry bars, are a popular selection in Denmark's wonderful bakeries.
Smoked Gravlax
Cold-cured gravlax takes on a new dimension when smoked for a few hours before serving. Illustrated step-by-step
Finnish Spring Mead (Sima)
Finnish Spring Mead, Sima, is a lightly fermented lemonade typically enjoyed during May Day celebrations.
What is Potato Starch Flour? - A Scandinavian...
A definition of potato starch flour, a staple for Scandinavian baking, which is often used for thickening sauces, gravies, stews, and soups.
10 Popular Nordic Potato Recipes
10 of Kari's Favorite Scandinavian Potato Recipes
Mazarin Torte (Mazarintårta)
The delicate shortbread crust of Mazarintårta, Swedish Mazarin Torte, provides the perfect contrast in texture to the dense, slightly sticky almond paste filling of this popular fika selection.
A Recipe for Finland's National Dish, Karelian...
Karelian Hot Pot, a mixture of cheap beef, pork, and lamb stew meat, is the national dish of Finland.
Gevalia Coffee Comes to U.S. Groceries
Product review of Sweden's Gevalia coffee
Flying Jacob
A classic Swedish casserole with chicken, rice, bananas, and peanuts
Scandinavian Seafood Smorgastarta
Shrimp and Smoked Salmon spreads contribute to the layers of this Swedish seafood smorgastarta.
What is Liquid Rennet?
A Definition of Liquid Rennet. Scandinavian Food.
Kalles Caviar on Rye Crispbread - A Classic...
The many varieties of Kalles kaviar - creamed caviar spread that comes in tubes - pair well with hard-boiled eggs and fresh cucumbers to make superlative open-faced sandwiches.
St. Lucia Buns (Lussekatter)
The presentation by a family's eldest daughter of St. Lucia buns on December 13th is a time-honored Swedish tradition.
Raggmunk - Swedish Potato Pancakes
Swedish potato pancakes, typically served with fried pork or bacon and lingonberries, are both quick and economical to prepare at the end of a busy workday.
A Scandinavian Recipe for Dried Fruit Soup
Cookie floaters lend an extra sparkle to Scandinavian/Norwegian fruit soups and compotes. © Kari Diehl
Siggi's Icelandic-Style Skyr
A review of Siggi's Icelandic-Style Skyr
Swedish Tunnbrod
The characteristic that defines Sweden's very special Tunnbröd , "thin bread," is that it is flavored
Bruna Bönor – Swedish Brown Beans
Bruna Bonor, Swedish Brown Beans, are a traditional vegetarian side dish on Swedish smorgasbord tables.
Illustrated Step-by-step Instructions for...
Illustrated step-by-step instructions for making kransekake cake
Trader Joe's Danish Pancakes (a.k.a. Aebleskiver)
When is an aebleskiver not an aebleskiver? When it comes frozen from Trader Joe's.
Nordic lefse and flatbread recipes
A list of tried-and-true Nordic lefse and flatbread recipes
A List of Delicious Nordic Pancakes
A list of a few of Scandinavia's premier pancakes
How to Infuse Homemade "Mock" Aquavit
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How to Make Finnish Tiger Cake
How to make a Finnish tiger cake, also known as Tiikerikkakku, which is marbled with orange and chocolate layers.
Fattigman – Poor Man Cookies
Fattigman, or Poor Man Cookies, are popular in Norwegian and Swedish households. They are quickly fried to a delicate crispness and sprinkled with vanilla sugar or confectioner's sugar before serving.
Rice Porridge Pancakes
Leftover rice porridge is used to good effect in these old-fashioned, wholesome pancakes.
Brunost
: A sweet, dense brown cheese produced either solely from goat's milk (as in Norway's "Ekte" brand),
Savory Rye Pie Crust
How to make a rye pie crust, perfect for savory Nordic pies and quiches.
Swedish Blueberry Soup
Warm Swedish Blueberry Soup. Scandinavian Food.
Bornholm Rye Porridge
Warm up on a chilly morning with this rustic rye porridge from the island of Bornholm, in Denmark.
A Recipe for Swedish "Sand Tart" Cookies
An easy recipe for buttery yet pliable cookie dough to be used in making Sandbakkelser, a cookie common throughout Scandanavia
How to Make Norwegian Goro Crackers
Norwegian Goro, prepared on a special cookie press and flavored with cardamom, are a cross between a cracker, a cookie, and a waffle.
Ris à la Malta
Ris a la Malta is a rich and satisfying holiday dessert often served as a sweet ending to Christmas dinner in Sweden and Denmark.
Saffron Bread (Saffransbröd)
This Saffron Bread, sunny yellow and plump with raisins, tastes incredible both fresh and when toasted and spread with butter.
New Potatoes with Lumpfish Caviar
New potatoes and lumpfish caviar are a natural pairing in this recipe for an easy yet elegant Scandinavian appetizer.
Swedish Apple Cake (Appelkaka)
Whether served alone as a midday coffee cake or with vanilla sauce (“vaniljsås”) as a winning dessert, Swedish Apple Cake (“Appelkaka”) is a treat no matter what the occasion.
Serinakaker – Norwegian Butter Cookies
A classic Norwegian recipe for Serinakaker, Butter Cookies.
"Swedish" Chicken
When I was a kid in the 1970s, one of the popular recipes dish that was passed around by mothers on handwritten
Norwegian Wedding Cake
Norwegian wedding cake. Scandinavian Food. Page 16.
Scandinavian Rotmos - How Scandinavians Serve...
Adding potatoes to boiled rutabagas takes the sharp edge off of these popular root vegetables and yields a creamy and healthy side dish.
Swedish Creamed Potatoes with Dill
Creamed potatoes with dill is an easy-to-prepare side dish common in Swedish households.
Swedish Wolf's Paw Cocktail
How to make the signature drink of Icebar Stockholm.
How to Make Crepes the Icelandic Way
A traditional recipe for pönnukaka, Icelandic crepes.
Herring Salad (Sillsalad) with Caraway-Lemon...
Herring salad with Potatoes and Caraway-Lemon vinaigrette is a light and colorful dish, whether served as a main dish or as a first course on a buffet or smörgåsbord table.
Autumn Nordic Side Dishes
Looking for something other than green bean casserole to serve with Thanksgiving Dinner?
10 Best Back-to-School Breakfasts
10 best breakfast recipes from Scandinavia.
1-Hour Kransekake Christmas Tree
How to make Norwegian Kransekake - Norwegian Almond Wreath Cake - in less than an hour.
Lingonsylt – Lingonberry Preserves
Lingonberry preserves are Scandinavia's answer to cranberry sauce. Serve as a tasty relish with meat, poultry, or fish or as a required accompaniment to Swedish pancakes.
Pickled Beets (Inlagda Rödbetor)
No Scandinavian company dinner would be complete without a side dish of ruby-red Inlagda Rödbetor, pickled beets.
Chocolate Waffles
Looking for a unique dessert? Crown these chocolate waffles with your favorite ice cream for a memorable
Fish au Gratin (Fiskgratäng)
Sweden's version of Fish au Gratin, Fiskgratang, is a sophisticated but easy-to-prepare white fish casserole lightly flavored with dill and lemon.
On the Lamb: Luscious Nordic Lamb Recipes
Some great ways to prepare Iceland's favorite meat.
Nordic New Year's Nibbles
Nordic nibbles to serve on New Year's Eve
Rolling Out the Kransekake Dough
Rolling out kransekake dough. Scandinavian Food. Page 9.
Norwegian Goro – Cardamom Crackers
Crispy Norwegian Goro, or Cardamom Crackers, are a cross between a cookie, a cracker, and a waffle, baked on a special goro iron.
Drying Blanched Almonds
Drying blanched almonds for kransekake. Page 4.
Lingonsaft – Lingonberry Juice
Rich in antioxidants, lingonberry juice can be easily made from both frozen and fresh berries.
Filling the Kransekake Forms
Filling kransekake forms. Scandinavian Food. Page 10.
Alternative Free-form Kransekake Rings
Free-form kransekake rings. Scandinavian Food. Page 11.
September Porridge - A Finnish Recipe for...
An autumn recipe for Finnish September Porridge, studded with newly harvested cranberries and apples.
Cocoa Balls (Chockladbullar)
Filled with oats and rolled in coconut or pearl sugar, these no-bake cookies are a breeze to make. Enlist a child’s help, say you’re making “mud balls,” substitute orange juice for the coffee … and make a special memory.
Eric's Viking Chowder
This salmon chowder, lightly flavored with saffron, is sure to please even the most discriminating 21st-century Viking.
9 Warming and Nutritious Nordic Soups and Stews
9 delicious Scandinavian soup and stew recipes, guaranteed to take away the late Autumn or Winter chill
How to Make Hardanger Lefse
Sweeter than potato lefse, Hardanger Lefse is made from flour in a process that dates back to Viking days. Here's a step-by-step guide about how to make it from scratch.
Blanching the Almonds
How to blanche almonds for Kransekake. Page 2.
Rye Ginger Cookies - Rediscovering Delicious...
A recipe for Finnish-style rye cookies with ginger.
Cauliflower Soup with Danish Blue Cheese and...
Cauliflower Soup is flavored with Danish blue cheese and bacon in this quick and easy Scandinavian recipe.
An Edible Basket Centerpiece
A Kransekake basket centerpiece. Scandinavian Food. Page 18.
Frozen Strawberry Skyr
A recipe for frozen skyr, with June's first fresh strawberries.
Nettle Soup (Nässelsoppa)
Nettles, rich in vitamins, flavonoids, serotonin, and histamines, are a gift of Spring. Enjoy them in this brightly green, delicately flavored soup.
Traditional Kransekake with Flags
Kransekake with flags. Scandinavian Food. Page 17.
Pebernødder - Danish Pepper Nuts
Danish Pepper Nuts are a Christmas favorite, often presented in intricately woven paper baskets.
Danish Pork with Crackling
The crispy crackling of this luscious pork roast is typically removed and served alongside the cooked
Swedish Dessert Pancakes
In Sweden, delicate, silver-dollar-sized pancakes are prepared in a plattar pan and served as dessert following pea soup on Thursdays.
Jansson's Temptation Swedish Potatoes
An easy recipe for Janssons Frestelse, Jansson's Temptation - a popular Swedish potato casserole.
Prune-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Prune-stuffed pork tenderloin is a moist and flavorful company dish. Serve it with potatoes and cranberry sauce or currant jelly for a colorful presentation.
Omi Margrit's Vegetarian Smorgastarta
Swedish smorgastarta receives an international flair in this unique vegetarian smorgastarta recipe.
Sailors' Beef
Sailors' Beef is an old-fashioned (and thus very comforting) meal to toss together for an easy autumn or winter dinner.
Succulent Salmon Recipes
a list of succulent salmon recipes
Almond Rusks (Swedish Mandelskorpor)
Flavored with almonds, these rusks are one of the many delicious Scandinavian varieties of the twice-baked sweet breads that have become standard snacks in European and American cafes.
Sweden's Classic Toast Skagen
Sweden's classic Toast Skagen, developed by Tore Wretman
How to Make Dandelion "Honey"
Dandelions are as beloved among Scandinavians as they are among American advocates of foraging. As powerful
Caraway Seeded Swedish Rye
Caraway seeds come into their own in this Swedish rye bread recipe.
Jordgubbstårta – Swedish Strawberry...
Jordgubbstarta – Swedish Strawberry Cake - showcases the first strawberries of northern summers.
Freshly Baked Kransekake Rings
Freshly baked kransekake rings. Scandinavian Food. Page 12.
Norwegian Berlinerkranser Cookies
A recipe for Norwegian Berlinerkranser
Making Almond Paste
Almond Kransekake Paste. Scandinavian Food. Page 7.
Traditional Swedish Christmas Ham Recipe...
This Swedish Ham recipe is a traditional recipe to put on the table during Christmas. It’s often served cold on the Christmas buffet, but serving it warm is certainly acceptable.
Hardanger Lefse
Hardanger lefse, dating back to the Viking age, is a classic Norwegian flatbread prepared from flour rather than potatoes.
Karelian Pastries (Karjalanpiirakat) with Rice
A recipe for Finland's premier Karelian Pastries (Karjalanpiirakat)
Icelandic Vinaterta (Striped Lady Cake)
Icelandic vinaterta recipe - a luscious holiday cake layered with prune or rhubarb filling
How to Make Rye Breadcrumbs for Nordic /...
Instructions for making fresh and dry breadcrumbs for Nordic recipes
Mixing the Almond Flours
Mixing almond flours and sugar for kransekake paste. Page 6.
Puff Pastry Pinwheels (a.k.a. Ninja Stars)
Traditional Christmas pinwheel pastries, made easy with frozen puff pastry
Constructing the Kransekake
Constructing a kransekake cake. Scandinavian Food. Page 13.
Kneading Almond Paste into Dough
Kneading kransekake paste over heat. Page 8.
Festive Nordic Beverages
Holiday get-togethers wouldn't be the same without offering specialty drinks - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
The Tower Rises
The kransekake tower rises. Scandinavian Food. Page 14.

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