A nice dessert recipe from “Nye Mesterkokken”
(The New Master Chef) published in 1974
When there are nice pears to get hold of in the shops, it is nice to be able to vary them. Try to bake them in the oven with honey and lemon – Easy and delicious. Bake them cut in halves. Ice cream or whipped cream goes well with the dish.
Plum compote is a delicious dessert that often evokes nostalgia in many of us. Server it lukewarm with whipped cream and some almond flakes.
The nostalgic feeling is no exaggeration, at least not for me. I grew up with compotes both at home and at my grandmother’s. Back in the fifties and of course before that it was important to use the fruit harvest when it was fresh. Either for deserts or preserves. In this day and age you can buy fresh fruits and berries all year round, but back then these were not imported from around the world here in Norway, but were available at the grocers only when they were in season. Today Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and we can afford to import what ever we like from anywhere. Back then the story was quite different. The Germans had left the northern part of the country in ruins and their torpedoes had sunk a great part of our commercial navy, the backbone of our pre-war economy – Ted