Recipe by Gudny Bjorg Kjaerbo
"A good everyday cake (my grandfather loves it)."
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2 1/2 cups
cardamom flavored extract
I love Scandinavian cooking, so I couldn't wait to try this loaf cake. I could not find cardamom flavoring and so used 1 tsp. cardamom spice instead. I have made this three times. Once according to the original recipe, once with an extra egg yolk, and once with candied orange peel instead of raisins. All turned out really well. The cake keeps well and can be toasted or used to make "Poor Nights of England," a Brit version of French toast served as dessert. I use golden raisins instead of regular ones.
I was excited to find a cake recipe with cardamom but overall was disappointed with the end result. It smelled wonderful baking but came out too dry. I too thought the raisins didn't go well with the texture or the taste of this cake.
Wonderful cake! I was just in Iceland and had a cake very similar. Thanks for sharing!
One tip: don't worry about trying to track down cardamom extract - just use 1/2 tsp cardamom powder instead.
I wanted muffins, so I added a 1/2 t. more baking powder and added milk until the consistency was a little less thick than the original recipe made. I also used currants soaked in tea instead of raisins. They came out perfect. The flavor is unique and delicate. It was just what I was looking for, something light, refreshing and different than your usual muffin fare. I would use this recipe again.
Very good. My family is Icelandic and my Amma used to make something very similar, a nice change from vinetarta...
it's great! I love it!
But I added apricot and walnuts and doubled the amount of raisins, I wanted it to be rich.
Used my basic recipe for the basis to this but used the flavourings and it was oh, so yummy! Made cardamon extract by soaking about 5/6 crushed green cardamons in hot water and added this. Will use this as an idea again.
This cake is delicious, tastes just like Christmas cake should! However, we cannot find an 11 inch pan, used a standard 9 inch and cooked it a little longer. Still had a gooey center but we ate it anyway!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Icelandic Christmas Cake
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 93
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