Citizens, I just had a fantastic meeting in London with 2 Icelandic compatriots and also just judged “Polar Bear Pitch” in Finland last week with another Icelandic friend. To honor them, I thought I’d post another fantastic dessert recipe from their windswept island home!
As noted on food.com:
Most Icelanders have an enormous “sweet tooth” and an Icelandic afternoon tradition called “Kaffi og Kaka” (coffee and cake) is 1 way they indulge their craving. At first I expected something simple, but I quickly realized K&K is the Icelandic version of an American tradition … “pig out till you seriously hurt yourself!”
For some, it’s daily and casual. For others, it’s less frequent … but a very formal, put out your best china, fill a table w/all manner of taste sensations and eat for 2 hrs while pouring coffee so strong it would make you gasp w/terror. A favorite treat for such occasions is Iceland Almond Cake.
Möndlukaka is a traditional Icelandic dessert, similar to a cake but thinner and made of almonds with jam between its layers, roasted almonds and powdered sugar on the top plus icing. Many now stain the icing a garish pink with berry juice or food coloring, but TFD frowns upon such a frivolous color choice and leaves his frosting unadorned! I do enjoy adding my personal touch of a shot of Chambord, the delicious French raspberry cordial, to the jam however.
Gisli, Stefan and Bjarki – this one’s for you. 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo