After spending several days combing the web for Icelandic recipes with no inspiration, I randomly picked up the November issue of Food and Wine magazine while sitting in the dentist's office. Shaz'am, as if by divine intervention, the first article I turned to featured Siggi Hilmarsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur who single handedly brought Siggi's Skyr, the traditional yogurt of Iceland, to the United States. Transplanted to New York City and feeling homesick for his native land, he began experimenting in his kitchen, gradually perfecting the ancient recipe, testing it first on friends, then with the public. Talk about a sign!
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Some of the foods commonly eaten in Iceland include lamb, dairy, fish and bread. Pickling, fermenting, brining, drying and smoking are frequently used techniques to cure meat and fish.
KitchenAid for most big jobs, but when I want to whip up a batch of heavy cream, this is the tool I prefer.
Pönnukökur - Icelandic Pancakes (Adapted from a recipe by Connie Magnusson)
- 1/2 cup Skyr
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in hot water
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Brown and confectioners sugar for dusting
- Combine yogurt, eggs, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, milk and vanilla. Add to flour, baking powder, mixing to a smooth batter.
- Let rest 20-30 minutes.
- Heat and rub bottom of a fairly heavy griddle or crepe pan with butter.
- Lift off heat and pour on a small amount of batter, tipping pan until entire bottom is covered.
- Replace on heat.
- When bottom is cooked (bubbles appear on top), turn and brown the other side.
- Place on a plate and sugar each with equal parts of brown and white sugar.
- Roll each pancake up and serve warm, topped with whipped cream and strawberries or jam.
Final Assessment: This was a wonderful twist on a traditional recipe. The fresh whipped cream and strawberries were the perfect accompaniment to the meal. And, the skyr...I could go on and on!