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Scandinavian Food: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
Krumkake: How to Make Norway's Version of the...
Norwegian Krumkake Cookies - A Recipe for Krumkake Cookies from Norway
How to Make Basic Lefse (Norwegian Potato...
Basic recipe for Norwegian potato lefse.
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.
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.
How to Make Krumkake
How to Make Krumkake - Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Norwegian Krumkake Cookies
Norwegian Kransekake: Traditional Almond Ring...
Kransekake, or "Ring Cake," is the signature cake of Norway, earning pride of place on wedding, birthday,
7 Favorite Scandinavian Christmas Cookie Recipes
No Scandinavian holiday gathering would be complete without at least seven types of Christmas cookies.
Knäck: Swedish Christmas Toffee
How to make Knack: Swedish Christmas Toffee
Aebleskiver: Denmark's Delicious Donut-Pancake...
A recipe for Aebleskiver, Danish Pancake Balls - a favorite pastry in both Denmark and in Danish-American communities.
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.
How to Make Scandinavian Rosette Cookies
Properly dipped rosettes will flare away from the iron. Page 6.
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.
Pebernødder - Danish Pepper Nuts
Danish Pepper Nuts are a Christmas favorite, often presented in intricately woven paper baskets.
How to Prepare and Construct a Norwegian...
Step-by-step illustrated guide to making Norwegian kransekake - Norwegian almond ring cake.
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
What are Lingonberries and What are They Used...
A definition of lingonberries, a key food in the Scandinavian diet
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.
America's Favorite Scandinavian Almond Cake...
One of the most popular Scandinavian almond cake recipes.
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.
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.
Finnish Cinnamon Pastries (Korvapuusti)
Your kids will stand in line for Finland's version of "slapped ears": cardamom buns filled with brown
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.
Julskinka - A Traditional Recipe for Swedish...
A traditional recipe for oven-roasted Swedish Christmas Ham
Basic Sandbakkelser Recipe
An easy recipe for buttery yet pliable cookie dough to be used in making Sandbakkelser.
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.
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.
Illustrated Step-by-step Instructions for...
Illustrated step-by-step instructions for making kransekake cake
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.
Light Syrup (Ljus Sirap) and Dark Syrup...
Definition of Scandinavian Light Syrup and Dark Syrup
Norwegian Berlinerkranser Cookies
A recipe for Norwegian Berlinerkranser
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.
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.
Serinakaker – Norwegian Butter Cookies
A classic Norwegian recipe for Serinakaker, Butter Cookies.
Alternative Free-form Kransekake Rings
Free-form kransekake rings. Scandinavian Food. Page 11.
Favorite Fika Foods - Scandinavian Coffee Cakes...
No one takes their coffee breaks more seriously than Scandinavians. Perhaps it's the dark winters, or
A List of Delicious Nordic Pancakes
A list of a few of Scandinavia's premier pancakes
Mormor's Syltkakor – Grandmother...
Every Swedish-American grandmother has her own version of these traditional, sandwich-style jelly cookies.
Scandinavian Christmas Glogg
Glogg, a potent mixture of wine and either brandy or aquavit flavored with dried fruits and spices, is a traditional part of a Scandinavian Christmas.
Søtsuppe – Scandinavian Sweet Soup
Dried fruit soup, or "Sweet Soup" is a Scandinavian favorite, as classic as Dala horses or Ingmar Bergman.
Dried Pea Soup (Ärtsoppa, in Swedish)
This is an immensely gratifying, warming soup traditionally made from dried yellow peas and served on
Rødgrød med Fløde - Danish...
Red berry pudding with cream is Denmark's unofficial national dessert.
Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta)
Celebrate significant moments, birthdays, and special events with this extraordinary Prinsesstårta, Princess Cake.
Nordic lefse and flatbread recipes
A list of tried-and-true Nordic lefse and flatbread recipes
Norwegian Wedding Cake
Norwegian wedding cake. Scandinavian Food. Page 16.
Danish Pork with Crackling
The crispy crackling of this luscious pork roast is typically removed and served alongside the cooked
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.
Freshly Baked Kransekake Rings
Freshly baked kransekake rings. Scandinavian Food. Page 12.
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.
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.
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.
A Kransekake Surprise
Building a kransekake cake - the hidden surprise. Page 15.
All About Cardamom, Scandinavia's Favorite Spice
All about cardamom, Scandinavia's favorite spice
Constructing the Kransekake
Constructing a kransekake cake. Scandinavian Food. Page 13.
Traditional Kransekake with Flags
Kransekake with flags. Scandinavian Food. Page 17.
A Summer Smörgåsbord
How to Prepare a Scandinavian Summer Smorgasbord - A Selection of Scandinavian Recipes for Cold Smorgasbord Buffet Dishes
Saffron Bread (Saffransbröd)
This Saffron Bread, sunny yellow and plump with raisins, tastes incredible both fresh and when toasted and spread with butter.
Blanching the Almonds
How to blanche almonds for Kransekake. Page 2.
Bruna Bönor – Swedish Brown Beans
Bruna Bonor, Swedish Brown Beans, are a traditional vegetarian side dish on Swedish smorgasbord tables.
Rolling Out the Kransekake Dough
Rolling out kransekake dough. Scandinavian Food. Page 9.
1-Hour Kransekake Christmas Tree
How to make Norwegian Kransekake - Norwegian Almond Wreath Cake - in less than an hour.
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.
Filling the Kransekake Forms
Filling kransekake forms. Scandinavian Food. Page 10.
The Tower Rises
The kransekake tower rises. Scandinavian Food. Page 14.
Jansson's Temptation (Janssons Frestelse)
An easy recipe for Janssons Frestelse, Jansson's Temptation - a popular Swedish potato casserole.
A Traditional Scandinavian Recipe for Spritz...
A proven recipe for a traditional Scandinavian Christmas favorite, Spritz cookies.
Making Almond Paste
Almond Kransekake Paste. Scandinavian Food. Page 7.
Pytt i Panna – Swedish Hash
Swedish Hash, Pytt i Panna, is a great way to use up leftover potatoes and meats.
Healthier Homemade Spelt Pie Crust for Pies and...
How to make a basic spelt pie crust for Nordic pies and savory quiches.
Kjötsúpa, Icelandic Lamb Soup
Kjotsupa, Icelandic Lamb Soup, is a traditional recipe that optimizes the flavors of root vegetables including carrots, rutabagas, and potatoes.
Mixing the Almond Flours
Mixing almond flours and sugar for kransekake paste. Page 6.
Kneading Almond Paste into Dough
Kneading kransekake paste over heat. Page 8.
Drying Blanched Almonds
Drying blanched almonds for kransekake. Page 4.
Grinding the Almonds
Grinding almonds to make almond paste for kransekake. Page 5.
Removing Almond Skins
How to blanche almonds for kransekake. Page 3.
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.
An Edible Basket Centerpiece
A Kransekake basket centerpiece. Scandinavian Food. Page 18.
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.
How to Infuse Homemade "Mock" Aquavit
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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.
Karjalan Paisti - Karelian Hot Pot
Karelian Hot Pot, a mixture of cheap beef, pork, and lamb stew meat, is the national dish of Finland.
Norwegian School Bread (Skolebrød)
Skolebrod, Norwegian School Bread - A School Bread Recipe from Norway
Hardanger Lefse
Hardanger lefse, dating back to the Viking age, is a classic Norwegian flatbread prepared from flour rather than potatoes.
Basic Recipe for Homemade Icelandic Skyr
Basic recipe for homemade skyr. Scandinavian Food.
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.
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.
Icelandic Thunder Bread - Steamed Rye Bread
Icelandic ryebread, or rugbrauĂ° , traditionally prepared over the course of twelve or more hours by placing
Scandinavian-style Waffles, with Love
Cardamom waffles that everyone will love, especially when served heart-shaped and accompanied by lingonberry jam. Make 10 with this recipe.
10 Popular Nordic Potato Recipes
10 of Kari's Favorite Scandinavian Potato Recipes
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.
Smoked Gravlax
Cold-cured gravlax takes on a new dimension when smoked for a few hours before serving. Illustrated step-by-step
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.
Finnish Spring Mead (Sima)
Finnish Spring Mead, Sima, is a lightly fermented lemonade typically enjoyed during May Day celebrations.
Gevalia Coffee Comes to U.S. Groceries
Product review of Sweden's Gevalia coffee
Seafood Smorgastarta
Shrimp and Smoked Salmon spreads contribute to the layers of this Swedish seafood smorgastarta.
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.
Norwegian Fortune Cookies - How to Make Fortune...
How Norwegians make fortune cookies (with a krumkake iron, of course!)
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.
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.
Swedish Creamed Potatoes with Dill
Creamed potatoes with dill is an easy-to-prepare side dish common in Swedish households.
Swedish Tunnbrod
The characteristic that defines Sweden's very special Tunnbröd , "thin bread," is that it is flavored
Icelandic Vinaterta (Striped Lady Cake)
Icelandic vinaterta recipe - a luscious holiday cake layered with prune or rhubarb filling
Hindbaer Snitter – Danish Raspberry Bars
Hindbaer Snitter, Danish raspberry bars, are a popular selection in Denmark's wonderful bakeries.
Flying Jacob
A classic Swedish casserole with chicken, rice, bananas, and peanuts
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.
What is Lefse?
A Definition of Lefse, Norway's favorite flatbread
Färskpotatissalad - New Potato Salad
A Swedish recipe for Farskpotatissalad, New Potato Salad, commonly served on Midsummer's Eve in Scandinavia.
Rice Porridge Pancakes
Leftover rice porridge is used to good effect in these old-fashioned, wholesome pancakes.
Autumn Nordic Side Dishes
Looking for something other than green bean casserole to serve with Thanksgiving Dinner?
Lucia Buns Photo Gallery
A gallery of common Lucia Bun shapes and motifs
Kling: A Tasty Norwegian Spread for Lefse
Kling - a luscious sweetened spread, is often served in Norway as a topping for Hardanger lefse . It's
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.
Dairy-Free Sand Tart Sugar Cookies
A dairy-free recipe for Scandinavian sugar cookies
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.
Swedish Christmas Beer - Julmumma
Swedish "Julmumma," Christmas beer, is an interesting combination of light and dark beers, lemonade,
Trader Joe's Danish Pancakes (a.k.a. Aebleskiver)
When is an aebleskiver not an aebleskiver? When it comes frozen from Trader Joe's.
Scandinavian Cookie Stamps
A definition of Scandinavian Cookie Stamps
Lemon-Cardamom Cookies
An easy lemon-cardamom cookie recipe for use with a Nordic-themed cookie stamp
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
Caraway Seeded Swedish Rye
Caraway seeds come into their own in this Swedish rye bread recipe.
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.
Homemade Vanilla Sugar
A quick and easy recipe for vanilla sugar
Swedish Wolf's Paw Cocktail
How to make the signature drink of Icebar Stockholm.
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.
Beet and Apple Salad
A traditional recipe for Scandinavian beet and apple salad
Sandbakkels with Strawberry-Cream
Serve Swedish Sandbakkels with Strawberry-Cream as a quick and delightful alternative to strawberry shortcake.
Lingonsaft – Lingonberry Juice
Rich in antioxidants, lingonberry juice can be easily made from both frozen and fresh berries.
Puff Pastry Pinwheels (a.k.a. Ninja Stars)
Traditional Christmas pinwheel pastries, made easy with frozen puff pastry
7 Festive Cakes
7 impressive cakes to grace your Christmas holiday table
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.
Dilled Carrots
Easy breezy recipe for delicious dilled carrots
Savory Rye Pie Crust
How to make a rye pie crust, perfect for savory Nordic pies and quiches.
Siggi's Icelandic-Style Skyr
A review of Siggi's Icelandic-Style Skyr
Tiger Cake (in Finnish, "Tiikerikkakku")
A Finnish Tiger Cake, marbled with orange and chocolate layers.
Bolludagur Buns - Icelandic Cream-Filled Buns
These cream-filled buns are always served on Bolladagur - Buns Day - the Monday before Ash Wednesday.
Sweden's Classic Toast Skagen
Sweden's classic Toast Skagen, developed by Tore Wretman
Festive Nordic Beverages
Holiday get-togethers wouldn't be the same without offering specialty drinks - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Brændende Kærlighed – Burning...
This is a streamlined yet still flavorful version of Burning Love, Denmark's classic take on mashed potatoes.
Rye Ginger Cookies - Rediscovering Delicious...
A recipe for Finnish-style rye cookies with ginger.
Nordic New Year's Nibbles
Nordic nibbles to serve on New Year's Eve
Swedish Cabbage Casserole with Ham - Kåll&...
Swedish cabbage casserole with ham and farmer's cheese
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.
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.
How to Make Scandinavia's Cardamom Extract
How to make cardamom extract for use in Scandinavian baking
Mormor's Apple Stars
Mormor's Apple Stars are a wonderful way to recognize the achievements of others.
On the Lamb: Luscious Nordic Lamb Recipes
Some great ways to prepare Iceland's favorite meat.
Swedish Bacon Oven-baked Pancake - A Recipe for...
A Swedish recipe for fläskpannkaka - an oven-baked pancake with bacon or pork
Lingonberry-glazed Pork Loin with Potatoes
Lingonberries, dried cranberries, and dried apple slices star in this easy pork roast recipe.
Omi Margrit's Vegetarian Smorgastarta
Swedish smorgastarta receives an international flair in this unique vegetarian smorgastarta recipe.

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