Dried fruit soup, known as “Søtsuppe” or “Sweet Soup” is a Norwegian favorite. Here’s a basic recipe – feel free to experiment with the types of fruit according to your taste and the ingredients you have on hand. The trick is to simmer the soup slowly to retain the shapes of the fruit. If most of the liquid were cooked out, this would be known as a fruit compote.
Cookie floaters lend an extra sparkle to Norwegian fruit soups and compotes.
A breakfast recipe from “Sunt og Godt” (Wholesome and Nice) published by Det Beste in 1988
A bowl full of steaming, old-fashioned oat porridge taste great with spicy fruit compote and a dollop of yogurt on top.
I grew up eating oat porridge every weekday as a kid. Mom soaked the oats over night and made the porridge in the morning. It was not a fancy kind like the one above, just plain porridge with a little milk and a drizzle of sugar, but I loved it anyway – Ted
A dark, highly spiced slab gingerbread (what the Elizabethans would have called a sweetmeat) that’s rather firm like panforte, and ever so good cut into small diamonds to serve with brandy after dinner.
The success of this deliciously rich, moist cake lies in soaking the dried mixed fruits in strong dark tea the evening before; the tea adds a subtle depth of flavor to the cake. For this reason you will need a little advance planning to allow time to soak the fruits. It is worth it though so don’t be put off.
A cake recipe inspired by a book by Philip Pullman found on theguardian.com
Lunch, in their Bohemian household, consisted of a jug of ale, the remains of a large joint of roast beef, a fruit cake and a bag of apples, which Rosa said she had been given the night before by one of her admirers, a porter in Covent Garden market. They ate it, with the help of one large pocket knife and their fingers. – From “The Ruby in the Smoke” by Philip Pullman