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  • Kransekake

    Kransekake – A Norwegian & Danish Celebration Cake

    Fifteen years ago this month, a kransekake stood tilting on the cake table at my wedding reception. Adorned with tiny Swedish and Norwegian flags, it hinted at the respective heritages of both my groom and myself. I don’t know if…

  • Kvæfjordkake, also known as World's Best Cake

    Kvæfjordkake: Norwegian “World’s Best Cake” Recipe

    (Disclosure: Posts on this site may include Affiliate Links; click here to learn more.) If you’ve ever had a bite of Kvæfjordkake, then you likely understand why many people know it as cake is also known as verdens beste kake…

  • I Wrote You a Book! “Modern Scandinavian Baking”

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. Food has an incredible way to connect us to others, a means by which we show love. I’ve written for years here on Outside Oslo, about my grandmothers, those wonderful women who shared their hearts through the traditional…

  • Nordic almond cake with brown butter and pears

    Brown Butter Almond Cake with Pears

    Autumn might just be the coziest time of the year. I love the slow descent into the new season and how the clear mornings of summer give way to the misty start of autumn days. This time of year I…

  • Marzipan-Stuffed Danish Strawberry Tart with Chocolate

    Before the slow descent into autumn, I’m cramming my kitchen with as many of summer’s sweetest berries as reasonable. Most of the time, I don’t get around to doing anything with them–they generally don’t last long as soon as my…

  • Almond Cake with Lingonberries

    Lingonberry-Studded Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

    If you had asked me in my youth to define Norwegian food, I would have listed off a number of almond-flavored desserts: towering kransekake wreath cakes served at weddings, layered birthday cakes draped in a sheet of marzipan, buttery fyrstekake…

  • Cardamom Buns

    Norwegian Cardamom Buns (Boller)

    It smelled like the neighborhood Scandinavian bakery in my home the other day, with the aromas of freshly baked Norwegian cardamom buns and hot coffee brewed as strong and dark as the Nordic night. Boller—buttery, cardamom-scented buns —are just right…