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A taste of Iceland: Try this recipe for Icelandic kleinur

By Staff

  • Popular Icelandic kleinur are a popular pastry, sold in most bakeries and grocery stores. Photo/Yez Raphn at Wikipedia.org

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

3 eggs

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. 

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