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Norwegian Desserts
Before all my blue-eyed, blonde relatives (living and dead) come to get me...here's a feature focusing on my Norwegian heritage. I got the Fattigman and the Krumkake recipes from my Aunt Mary. She's the original queen of desserts in the family. When I was growing up I always hoped for leftover mashed potatoes. Dad would make Lefse the next day for breakfast.

Enjoy and UFF-DA!!

Fattigman

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or cardamom
  • powdered sugar

Beat eggs and sugar. Add butter and cream. Stir in baking powder. Slowly add 2-1/2 cups of flour. Add more flour, if necessary, to get the right rolling consistency.

Roll dough out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough into diamond shapes, 3 inches long and 1 and 1/2 inched wide. Cut a slit in the center of each cookie. Pull bottom point of cookie through the slit. This makes the cookies into a bow shape.

Drop cookies into hot oil and fry until light brown.

Drain on newspaper and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Krumkake
a.k.a. Grandma's Cookies by my cousins Melissa and Michael

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt

Mix first five ingredients by hand or with a fork. Then add vanilla and salt. Mix thoroughly.

Chill dough for an hour.

Place a 1-1/2 inch round ball of dough in the center of an krumkake iron. Gently push top down. Cook on one side for about 1 minute. Turn iron over and cook other side until golden.

Roll warm cookie on a 1-1/2 inch wooden dowel or cool flat.

Lefse
Potato Pancakes

  • 3 cups potatoes, riced or mashed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons shortening, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups flour

Combine first 4 ingredients. Gradually add flour. Shape into 1-1/2 balls. Roll out on floured board until 1/8 or an inch thick. Grill on moderately hot griddle until bubbles and then turn. We just buttered one side, sprinkled sugar on them and then rolled them up and ate them.

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