All posts tagged: cardamom

Crunchy Nectarine Macadamia Granola Bars

The long-delayed part 2 of my road trip posts! These granola bars, studded with macadamias and golden raisins, filled out by puffed rice and oats, and with a scent of cardamom, are crunchy, satisfying, and the perfect thing to keep you going on a long road trip, cheer you on a rainy morning, or sustain you long enough to see the Norwegian midnight sun on a chilly night. Check out Instagram for a few more pictures of the road trip! Makes sixteen 2.5×12.5 cm (1×5 in) bars. Ingredients 60 ml (1/4 cup) honey 120ml (1/2 cup) nectarine purée 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 125g (1 1/2 cups) oats 200g (1 1/2 cups) macadamia nuts, chopped 40g (1/2 cup) shredded coconut 40g (1 1/3 cups) puffed rice cereal 100g (3/4 cup) golden raisins Directions Preheat the oven to 180C/350F, and spread the oats, macadamia nuts, and coconut onto a baking sheet; toast them for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove to cool and reduce the oven temperature to 150C/300F. Heat the honey in the microwave for 20 seconds, …

Waffle Cake

Some things I love about Sweden: While other Nordic countries have respectable colors like white, crimson, and dark blue on their flags, Sweden’s is an almost aqua shade of blue and bright yellow. Sweden recycles 99% of household waste. Sweden comes in at number 4 on The Global Gender Gap Index (Iceland, Finland, and Norway are numbers 1, 2, and 3, respectively). You can buy caviar in tubes. There are entire days dedicated to baked goods, i.e., October 4th is Cinnamon Bun Day, Fat Tuesday is all about Semla Buns, Christmas is rung in with St. Lucia Saffron Buns, and March 25th is—you guessed it—Waffle Day! When I first saw a waffle cake in Sweet Paul Magazine, I knew I had to make one, and Waffle Day seemed like the perfect opportunity! The waffle irons that are most popular in Scandinavia create thin waffles with five or six heart shapes in them. This shape makes for a lovely cake, but of course any shape will do. If you use a Belgian waffle iron, however, you …

Swedish Cinnamon Bun Cake

I clomped down, knocking slush and snow off my boots, and gazed at the display case. What should I choose? Pistachio almond turnover? Croissant? Cookies, pie, cake, brittle? A puffy scone-thing called “dreams”? Perhaps something I’ve never had here before. Blackberry pie—that’s the ticket! And a chokladboll for later. And one of those giant cinnamon buns to take home to Tor. The snow falls ever faster outside, coming down in fat, puffy flakes. The perfect environment for a cozy breakfast. And there’s a corner table available. Café Husaren, in Haga, the historical district of Gothenburg, Sweden, provides a cozy refuge for winter tourists and locals alike. In the summer, the outside is lined with tables, but at this time of year, people hurry in to get warm with a cup of coffee or tea (of which they have one of the city’s largest variety). In addition to a myriad of sweets, they also have quiches, sandwiches, and salads in the afternoon and evening. If small, dainty desserts don’t strike your fancy, they boast världens största …

Norwegian Cardamom Buns

The scene outside the passenger window takes my breath away. The fjord sparkles under the midnight sun, and mountains rise up in rocky walls, with glacier melt cascading down in shiny rivulets. I lean in to the curve as the car sweeps around yet another peninsula, heading back towards the mainland. A cluster of houses populate the shore here, and I wonder what it’s like to live here, to have to plan for groceries. Yes, this is what comes to mind: if I lived here I would need a huge trailer to haul groceries once a month! Would the magical location make it worth it? Perhaps. Time for a snack. Sometimes the simplest things in life are some of the best. Road trips are one of our favorite pastimes when we visit Norway. There’s this cardamom raisin bun that you can find in grocery stores and gas stations; it’s pretty common. And in most places, it’s just a regular bun, but for some reason, the ones from the gas station are so delicious. Ingredients Directions …