Norwegian Christmas Cake / julekake

A classic cake recipe foubd in “Mat for Alle” (Food for Everyone)
Published by Tiden Norske Forlag in 1985

Norwegian Christmas Cake / julekake

This type of Norwegian Christmas cake is a strange phenomenon, as we really bake it all year long. It is largely for sale in the stores all year too. And we call it Christmas cake whenever we eat it. It is mostly served either with just butter, or with butter and brown cheese. The name is so incorporated in people my age’s everyday speech that I do not think we really remember that the name really has to do with Christmas.

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Norwegian Fork Cookies / Gaffelkaker

A quick and easy recipe for some delicious Norwegian
Christmas cookies found on
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Norwegian Fork Cookies / Gaffelkaker

Try some of these tasty fork cookies for Christmas! Simple and fun
to make with the kids. 1 serving of dough makes about 40 cakes.

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Traditional Saffron Pancake from the South of Sweden / Gotlandspannkaka

A traditional Swedish dessert recipe found on receptfavoriter.se
Traditional Saffron Pancake from the South of Sweden / Gotlandspannkaka

Gotland pancake with saffron served with jam and cream.
They are also called saffron pancake.

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Traditional Norwegian Fruit Porridge with Milk / Tradisjonell Fruktgrøt med Melk

A traditional Norwegian recipe found on matprat.noTraditional Norwegian Fruit Porridge with Milk / Tradisjonell Fruktgrøt med Melk

Indulge in a classic everyday Norwegian dessert when you feel like feeding your sweet tooth after the meatballs or fish patties. This fruit porridge is made with apples, plums and raisins, but there is room for variations here!

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Norwegian Sister Cake / Søsterkake

A nice old-fashioned cake recipe found in “Gjærbakst”
(Yeast Baking) pyblished by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979

Norwegian Sister Cake / Søsterkake

A delicious and easy variation on the Norwegian Christmas Cake from back when Granny was young. The cake tastes best fresh, but is suitable for freezing. Thaw it and heat it lightly in the oven before serving and it tastes almost fresh as new.

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Juicy Fruit and Nut Bread / Saftig Frukt og Nøttebrød

An exciting bread recipe found on jacobs.no
Juicy Fruit and Nut Bread / Saftig Frukt og Nøttebrød

Try a bread with exciting ingredients.
Fruits and nuts make this bread juicy and delicious.

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Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins / Havrekaker med Rosiner

A simple cookie recipe from “Norsk Ukeblads Store Bakebok”
(Norsk Ukeblad’s Big book on Baking) published in 1984

Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins / Havrekaker med Rosiner
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Sour Milk Soup / Surmjølkssuppe

A traditional Norwegian dessert soup from bygdekvinnelaget.no
Sour Milk Soup / Surmjølkssuppe

Soup made with sour milk top with whipped cream, raisins and
chopped almonds. Recipe from Øvre Folldal bygdekvinnelag.

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Karlsbader Wreath / Karlsbaderkrans

A wreath recipe from “Mine Lekreste Kaker” (My Most
Delicious Cakes) published by Teknologisk Forlag in 1994

Karlsbader Wreath / Karlsbaderkrans

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Indian Chicken Crepes / Indisk Kyllingfylte Pannekaker

An Indian recipe found in “Quaker Oats Brand Cookbook”
published by The Quaker Oats Company in 1989Indian Chicken Crepes / Indisk Kyllingfylte Pannekaker


Curry, peanuts and raisins are popular flavors of Indian cooking
and make a sensational filling for these healthful oat bran crepes.

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Tudor Vegetable Pie / Grønnsakspai fra Tudortiden

A meatless pie recipe from the Tudor era
found at historyextra.com

 Tudor Vegetable Pie / Grønnsakspai fra Tudortiden

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, a vegetable pie from the Tudor era.

Sam writes: This 1596 recipe for a “pie of bald meats [greens] for fish days” was handy for times such as Lent or Fridays when the church forbade the eating of meat (another similar recipe is called simply Friday Pie). Medieval pastry was a disposable cooking vessel, but in the 1580s there were great advancements in pastry work. Pies became popular, with many pastry types, shapes and patterns filled with everything from lobster to strawberries. This pie’s sweet/savoury combo is typical of Tudor cookery. I enjoyed it, but was glad I’d reduced the sugar content.

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions / Indrefiletmedaljonger av Svin

A dinner recipe found in “Edelmiddag”
en gratis E-booklet published by Gilde.no

Pork Tenderloin Medallions / Indrefiletmedaljonger av Svin

The plates on the pictures in this booklet are divided into two.
The top section shows various juicy and tasty dishes made with pork. The bottom part shows various types of exciting accessories
that taste very well with the pork.

Top: Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Bottom: Couscous Salad

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18th Century Sippet Pudding / Sippet Pudding fra det 18de Århundre

A classic breadpudding recipe fond on  recipes.history.com
18th Century Sippet Pudding / Sippet Pudding fra det 18de Århundre

Bread pudding lovers will smack their lips at this recipe. Simple but hearty, it combines basic ingredients to make a dish that is rich and satisfying. The sauce is the crowning touch.

18th Century recipe

Cut a loaf of bread as thin as possible, put a layer of it on the bottom of a deep dish, strew on some slices of marrow or butter, with a handful of currant or stoned raisins; do this until the dish is full; let the currants or raisins be on top; beat four eggs, mix them with a quart of milk that has been boiled a little and become cold, a quarter of a pound of sugar, and a grated nutmeg — pour it in, and bake in a moderate oven — eat it with wine sauce.

— Randolph, Mary –  “The Virginia Housewife”

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Medieval Monday – Apple Puffs / Eplemosdessert

A Stuart era dessert/snack recipe found on CookIt!
Medieval M0nday - Apple Puffs / Eplemosdessert

In Stuart times, cooking methods were much as they had been for centuries.  Most food was still cooked over open fires, outdoors as much as possible, otherwise the houses became filled with smoke and the danger from fire was much greater.

Spit roasts were improved and became easier to use, otherwise trivets for frying and cooking pots for boiling were the main cooking methods.

This recipe is simple but nutritious, using eggs and apples, both of which were easily obtained in the countryside where most people still lived. The addition of raisins and ginger (both imported from abroad) were too expensive for most ordinary people, and used sparingly even by the better off.

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Norwegian Sunshine Buns / Solskinnsboller

A bun recipe found in “Den Store Bakeboken”
(The Big Baking Book) published by Schibstedt in 1978
Norwegian Sunshine Buns / Solskinnsboller

In Northern Norway, these are usually called just “Solboller”
(Sun Buns) and they are eaten  at the end of the dark winter
to celebrate that the sun has returned.

You might have seen other recipes for Norwegian
Sunshine Buns, there is a multitude of them
out there. I’ve even posted at least one earlier – Ted

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