Skoleboller

hello from norway!

right now, i’m in the mountains of bergsdalen, just a hop from bergen.

the land here is covered in colorful mosses, berries, and sti- little trails made by the local wildlife. sheep roam the hillsides while rain and melted snow keep everything green. people drop by neighboring cabins after hikes to drink the home-brewed beer that fills every cellar.

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i’ve had a great past few weeks filled with family, hiking, and of course, eating.

i’d forgotten how good the food is here. breakfast and lunch consist of nutty cheeses, goat or cow, and homemade jams over thick-sliced, whole-grain, homemade bread. dinner is typically meat or fresh fish with boiled potatoes, carrots, and lingonberry jam.  a dessert of sugared waffles, vanilla ice cream, rhubarb pie, or cake, all topped with berries, is paired with black coffee and aquavit.

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i’ve taken these past few weeks here as an opportunity to learn family recipes from my grandmother. school rolls- skoleboller -have been my dad’s favorite pastry since childhood, so i was compelled to make them before anything else.


Skoleboller- A Norwegian Sweetroll

makes 2 dozen

a family recipe translated from norwegian

ingredients:

 bread-

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tbs yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup milk

custard filling-

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbs milk
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbs heavy cream
  • 2 tsp potato flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean stalk, seeded but reserved

icing-

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

shaved coconut to top

 

method of preparation:

whisk together dry ingredients, but yeast, and set aside.

prepare yeast by dissolving in 1/8 cup warm water.

whisk together all wet ingredients, including yeast. combine with dry ingredients.

knead dough until shiny, adding milk/flour as necessary. allow to rise for one hour.

to make the custard, whisk together all ingredients until thick. set aside.

to make the icing, whisk together all ingredients. the icing should be thick, so add milk/sugar as necessary. set aside.

divide raised dough into 12-24 even balls. many norwegian bakeries make hand-sized skoleboller, but homemade rolls are often smaller.

make an imprint, where the custard will be poured, in the center each ball. pressing your thumb down, while rotating the dough yields good results.

place rolls on a lined baking sheet.

allow to raise for 30-60 additional minutes.

preheat oven to 425°F.

proportionally scoop custard into the wells bake for 12 minutes.

once cooled, pour icing around custard well and sprinkle with coconut shavings.

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Tropical Granola

This granola gets addicting. Like having a cup, then another… every day of the week, until its gone. Then, its time to make some more!

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The thing I love about granola, is its diversity! There are so many ways to make it your own. Whenever I make this, I make at least 2 different flavors as experiments. This one so far has been my favorite!

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With chunks of fresh coconut and various tropical dried fruits, this granola makes me excited to eat breakfast in the morning! It is also makes for a great gift when stored in a mason jar or parchment paper bags.

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Who would not love and appreciate a jar of homemade granola?

Ingredients (Yields to 8 cups):

5 cups  rolled oats (Try Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup almonds

1 tbs. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tbs. chia seeds

1/2 tbs. vanilla extract

1/2 of a small coconut, or 2/3 cup dried coconut shavings

2/3 cup honey

1 cup dried fruit (Pineapple and papaya work well)

Preparation:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Chop the almonds into fourths and place in a large bowl with the oats, coconut oil, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut open the coconut using a small saw, carful to catch any liquid if you want to keep it. From there, cut the coconut in half again, so you have four pieces, which will make it easier to extract the coconut meat. once you have the meat from two of the fourths, cube them into small pieces and add to the mixture. Make sure to combine the ingredients well, then spread the mix evenly in the prepared pan in one single layer. Depending on the size of the pan, you may have to split the batch up. Drizzle the honey over the mix evenly. Place in the oven to bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping and checking for a light golden color that signifies when it is done. Meanwhile, chop the dried fruit and add it in after the granola has cooled outside of the oven. Store in mason jars for extra cuteness.

Chia pudding; healthy and raw

Chia seeds are a super food, and are easy to incorporate into your diet. They are full of antioxidants, fiber, omega-3, and makes you stay full for a longer time than most other foods. They have been a huge health trend recently, and I gave in, adding it to my oatmeal, granola, and smoothies. It is great because it does not add much flavor, but is so healthy!

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Ingredients for the pudding:

1/3 cup chia seeds

1 1/2 cups of any milk (I used coconut milk, predictable, am I?)

3 tbsp. agave

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp. coconut shavings

1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste)

1/4 tsp. nutmeg (or to taste)

Preparation:

Pour the milk into a large jar. Mix the chia seeds into the milk, eliminating any clumps. This is very important because it is not fun having clumps of dry chia seeds in your pudding! You can add in the other ingredients, mixing as you go.

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When you are done, put a bird on it  lid on it and place it in the fridge. How easy! The thing is, you have to wait for the pudding to solidify. This takes 3 hours at the least, but it is worth it!

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Baked Oatmeal (Chocolate or Peach)

Say you are craving chocolate… in the morning. You don’t really want to sneak a bite of a bar or fudge, so you need to think of a breakfast food with a chocolate accent.  You search for something like this, and you arrive here. With chocolate “boatmeal”, or baked oatmeal.

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Eagerly, you fist-punch the air and begin. After you have eaten this chocolaty-oat delight, your mouth is not satisfied enough. Like.. like you need something fresh to distract from the chocolate. Then you search again, and arrive here again, but to make my peach baked oatmeal.

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Whoa, how was that for a prolog? Do you want some now? I sure do. I loved this contrast, making both chocolate and peach boatmeal (don’t you just love that word?). I actually had no peaches, so I used nectarines. They still tasted amazing!

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You can choose to make both, or make only one kind, or even invent your own flavors. Let’s get started!

Ingredients for oatmeal base (makes 3 cupcake sized boatmeals):

1 cup of rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free version)

1/8 tsp. sea salt

2 tbs. melted coconut oil (1 tbs. in addition to grease)

1-2 tbs. honey or agave

1 tbs. coconut shavings

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1/2 -2/3 cup of coconut milk

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Add for chocolate boatmeal:

1/8 cup-1/4 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet are the best)

1/2 of a banana, mashed

Add for peach boatmeal:

2 small peaches/nectarines, 1 mashed, 1 thinly sliced

1/8 tsp. cinnamon (1/4 tsp. in total as an addition to the base)

1/8 cup chopped almonds

To bake:

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ones.

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Leave a few chocolate chips to garnish for the chocolate boatmeal,  and the sliced peach/nectarine, but add the mashed one.

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Grease cupcake tins or a bread mold with coconut oil and then pour the mix in all the way, for chocolate version, then sprinkle with chocolate chips. For the peach version, layer the mix with slices of peaches, ending with a slice on the top. There should be 3 cupcakes made from the peach, then 3 from the chocolate version. Cook them for 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 380 degrees F. then on broil for 1-2 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes, or until they harden a bit, then remove with a spoon. If you are feeling fancy, garnish with a few fanned strawberries, honey, and/or a sprinkle of granola.

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My dog Gurdy wanted to be in the photo-shoot. She loves being around people and food!

 

Superfood Oatmeal

I love this oatmeal so much that I have had it several times this week. And not just one serving, oh no. Nowadays, people think oatmeal is boring and flavorless; only ever eaten for its nutritional value. Well, in this recipe, I made it not only healthier, but taste good too.

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With some of my Berry Compote, this oatmeal has a satisfying tart, sweet, and savory taste. Let’s start!

Ingredients (Serves about two):

3 cups of water

1 1/2  tbs. chia seeds

2 cups of oats ( I used gluten free Bob’s Red Mill oats)

1/8 cup coconut shavings

3/4 tbs. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla

To add in after:

1 batch of my berry compote

2 spoons of honey

coconut milk (as desired)

Cooking:

Throughout this “procedure”, you need to baby the oatmeal. Really, it needs to be stirred and watched all the time. While you contemplate this, set the water on the stove to boil. Just before it does, add in the dry ingredients and turn the heat to medium. Cook the oats for around 10 minutes, then add the vanilla and let it cook for 5 more minutes, or until you have it as you like. Once it cools, and you get your additions ready, put some in a bowl, then add the best thing ever:

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Coconut milk is my favorite thing. I use it in my granola too and would use it in any other suitable situation. Or unsuitable. You never know ’till you try it! Anyways, as I dream of coconut love, you can scoop/pour the berry compote on. Now, drizzle the spoonful of honey over it all. Are you a mixer, or do you eat it as-is? Either is awesome, so I do both, depending on the day. So, savor it, smell it, and enjoy the rest of your morning.

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