A taste of Iceland: Try this recipe for Icelandic kleinur
Q: My Icelandic mother used to make Icelandic cakes called jólakaka and kleinur. I’ve lost the recipes, could you help me?
A: Icelandic kleinur are a popular pastry, sold in most bakeries and grocery stores. The plain pastry is a popular accompaniment with a cup of coffee, or a tall glass of cold milk, and enjoyed by people of all ages.
Here’s a classic recipe for kleinur from Svarfaðardalur valley, North Iceland.
600 g flour
200 g sugar
180 g butter
4 heaping teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup Icelandic sour milk (or plain yoghurt)
Cardamom spice drops
Mix flour and sugar in a bowl, add the baking powder. Crumble the butter into the bowl and add the eggs, milk and a few drops of cardamom spice drops. Add the sour milk and knead the dough. Form the kleinur and fry them in deep frying oil.
Read more: Make your own skyr!
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