Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Scandinavian Christmas: Day 6

Welcome back! Day 6 is already here and today we will be hearing from a brand new guest blogger today, Nancy!  Nancy is a member of the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle (check their fb page!). Not only does she sing, but she plays the ukelele in a music group that plays Scandinavian dance music! The group consists of Nancy, her mom (91!) on the accordian, 2 vioinists and a flutist. This is Nancy's first year participating in the Scandinavian Christmas series and I'm so thrilled she can join us!

Kathryn, thanks so much for including me in your Scandinavian Christmas series! My name is Nancy and I grew up in a very Scandinavian family. My Mom, Sissel, was born in Norway, and my Dad, Axel’s, family was from Sweden and Denmark. Scandinavian traditions were especially remembered during the holidays, with the Christmas tree decorated with woven paper heart ornaments and strings of Norwegian flags. My Grandma made dozens of cookies, including spritz, fattigman, and krumkake. My favorite was krumkake! So beautiful, so delicate, so delicious! And fun to make! I appreciate my Grandma’s efforts, since she made hers with an iron that sat on the stove burner and had to be turned on both sides to cook the krumkake. I have it so much easier, using my trusty electric iron:

Krumkake recipe; add and mix in the order given:

3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup sugar
½ cup melted butter
6 T water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 and ½ cups flour

Mix well and let rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

After pre-heating iron, spray well with Pam. Drop one rounded teaspoon onto each side; cook 20-25 seconds until slightly browned. Working quickly, slide off burner with a knife and roll into cone shape. 

My husband helps me roll the krumkake, and my dog, Kobe, hopes for a crumb or two.

Once cooled, store in a large tin. The krumkake must be kept in an airtight container for storage or they will soften. This is usually not a problem if bringing to a party; they will go fast!

God Jul, alle sammen! 
(Good Christmas, everybody!)

Huge thanks to Nancy for sharing one of my favorite Scandinavian treats! Stop by tomorrow for a seriously cute craft tutorial from KJ!


  1. krumkakke is my older daughter's favourite food! I was fortunate to inherit my aunt's iron and we love to make krumkake this time of year too. Kobe is adorable! God Jul!

  2. Everything looks great from the cookies themselves to the knitted Julenisse guarding the cookies. Well done, Nancy!

  3. I fell behind. And when i popped over to get caught up I find this! A recipe for something I have always wanted to learn to make and the directions shared by a lovely online friend!!! What a wonderful surprise and I am thrilled to learn how to make Krumkake. I am sure they will be delicious!

  4. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE these treats . . .Krumkake, so THANKS for your recipe & tutorial. I agree with Pam who's "thrilled to learn how to make" them. I need to purchase an electric iron, of course. My experience of enjoying krumkake is limited to a few Scandinavian friends who've offered them at holiday parties over the years. My older sister has a press, so maybe I can borrow hers. Nancy, you've done many a favor with your expertise & colorful photos. Sarah Helene, Minneapolis