Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday Traditions~Tastes like Christmas

KrumKake...another one of our family traditions. Making this delicate Norwegian cookie brings back so many warm memories...and this year it was wonderful to have Emily's help...
Although I have made them by myself, the process goes twice as fast when she rolls the cookie and I can add more batter to the griddle. And of course, having someone's company makes any job so much better.

My best friend in elementary school was Karen. Her mother grew up in Norway and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. I stayed over-night at their house at least once a week. It was Inger that taught me how to knit, how to bake Norwegian goodies, and how to say the two phrases that I can speak in Norwegian.
This is her recipe...it is quite large.
It calls for 8 eggs.

2 cups of sugar and mix well. Add 2 cups of heavy cream.

3 cups of flour
4 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. cardamom
Beat until smooth.
Add 1 cup of melted butter last.

The batter is so rich and smooth.

Preheat your krumkake iron until a drop of water sizzles.
Place 1 Tbsp. of batter in the center of the griddle and close.

Cook the krumkake on one side for about 30 seconds. Rotate pan to the other side to cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until it is the desired color.(It helps to have a clock with a second hand.)

Remove from Krumkake iron and immediately roll onto wooden cone.

Allow to cool slightly.

Gently slide the cone-shaped cookie off of the wooden cone.

Aren't they just the sweetest cookie creations?!


Kathy said...

I seriously almost cried when I saw your post. It brought back some wonderful memories. My dad was wonderful in the kitchen and baking all kinds of Norwegian cookies at Christmas was his specialty. We grew up on Krumkake! I've made them a couple of times, but our family iron gets passed around so much that I'm not even sure who has it right now. My dad would make little funnels out of sturdy paper and stand them in glasses. He would roll them when they came off the iron and plunk them right into the funnels. Perfect every time. I like them when they are really, really thin. So good. Thanks so much for the wonderful memories.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the recipe! My aunt used to make those and I often wish I had gotten the recipe from her. She's been gone for several years, so I'm glad you posted this.

Happy New Year!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh what a delight these are!!! I have never seen them, but they look delicious. Such a sweet memory for you Natalie. So glad Line was there to help the job go faster...and of course build MORE memories.
Love the Barney clock too!!!

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Very pretty cookies. Do you fill them with anything?

pam said...

I've never seen these before. They are so pretty! And I love that wonderful iron.

Michelle said...

Pretty iron! Can you put ice cream in them? They look delicious!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Oh I love these! They look delish!
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Times of old creations said...

Oh Nat these look fantastic and look like they take a special skill to make them. They remind me of a pizzelle cookie and the maker looks simular to a pizzelle maker. You just don't need to roll them when finished! I've taken your recipe to attempt to make these. I LOVE thin crispy cookies and just know yours will be awesome. Thank you for your post! Hugs...Deb

Betsy Banks Adams said...

YUMMY, Natalie... That KrumKake looks fabulous. I've never had it nor even heard of it before. I do agree that it would work out better if you had someone helping... Thanks so much for sharing.

Happy New Year!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Philip

chellebelle said...

That is the coolest cookie recipe, I will try to find one of the irons.. may be hard to find here in Oregon, but, as I married a Knutson I would love to bring that tradition back into the home! what fun! Thank you for joining my at the queen.. I look fo4rward to seeing you again!

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