My Great-Grandmother, Ingeborg, attended Housewife school in Norway in 1917 and whilst she was there she began writing a recipe book. The book is a record of everything a house wife needs to know about managing a household. This book has been passed down to my Father and he has kindly allowed me to borrow it. I am going to start testing the recipes each week and I will post recipes and pictures here on the blog.
The first recipe I am going to try is ‘Serinakaker’. I have chosen these biscuits because although typically a celebration recipe they are something my Grandma always had stored in an old ice cream tub.
I have scanned in the page of the recipe book for anyone out there who speaks/reads Norwegian, for everyone else my Dad has translated (Unfortunately I fall in the ‘everyone else’ category when it comes to the Norwegian language)!
250g Plain Flour
150g Ground Almonds
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Sugar
There were no instructions on how to do this so I combined all the ingredients to form a soft dough, wrapped in a cling film sausage and chilled down in the fridge.
Once the dough was hard (I actually left it a couple of days) I sliced into biscuits around 5-7mm thick and placed on a greaseproof lined baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 12 mins at 180°C (my oven is not fan assisted).
You may notice my biscuits have some larger pieces of nut on the top, this was due to an almond grinding issue – I recommend you buy them pre-ground!
The finished product is best enjoyed with a nice cup of tea. The biscuits are sweet, nutty and crunchy with a taste of vanilla running through. Independent review from wife Katie was:
‘Nice, but they’re not the ones……’
Never fear: there are plenty more recipes in the book.
Next week I am planning to use the seasonal ingredients we have in Yorkshire, so I will make a cucumber salad (Agurksalat) and sweet and sour cabbage (Surkaal).