• Kanelsnurrer – Norwegian Twisted Cinnamon Buns

    Silvia

    Scandinavians sure love their cinnamon buns, so it’s no surprise they have so many different variations of them. In Norway you’ll find kanelboller, skillingsboller, kanel i svingene, and kanelsnurrer – also called kanelknuter. These names are often used interchangeably, but kanelsnurrer and kanelknuter are usually slightly smaller buns twisted into…

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  • Norwegian Fastelavnsboller With Almond Filling

    Silvia

    Fastelavn in Norway Many cultures celebrate the days leading up to Lent with a big feast or celebration like Mardi Gras, Fastnacht, and Carnival. In Norway and other Nordic countries this is Fastelavn. While the 40-day fast period of Lent largely lost significance in Norway after the Reformation, Norwegians have…

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  • Cloudberry Sachertorte

    Silvia

    My friend Lisa celebrated her birthday here in Bergen last week, and she kindly let me bake a cake for her birthday party (so that I could share the recipe on this blog). Lisa is allergic to nuts, and I quickly realized that most of my favorite Norwegian cakes contain…

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  • Norwegian Pancakes With Smoked Salmon (+ Other Fillings)

    Silvia

    Norwegians make a lot of different kinds of pancakes, but probably my favorite are their thin and eggy, crepe-like pancakes. These are incredibly versatile and can be filled with all sorts of different things. They can be served sweet for dessert, or savory. While I’m usually more of a Norwegian…

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  • Vafler – The Best Norwegian Waffles

    Silvia

    I grew up in the US, but my mother is Norwegian so my family would often spend our summer vacation in Norway, which I loved. Well of course I loved it, because I eventually moved to Norway. I loved the mountains, I loved the fjords, I loved my grandparents’ dog…

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  • Brun Lapskaus: Norwegian Beef & Vegetable Root Stew

    Silvia

    Lapskaus is secretly one of my favorite Norwegian dishes. I say secretly, because I suspect that lapskaus might be considered old man’s food. At least, when I worked in a supermarket our kitchen would make lapskaus, and it always seemed to be the older, single male farmers who would buy…

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