Norwegian Krumkake

Photo courtesy of Dave Wallis, FNS

This recipe is adapted from one we received at a krumkake demonstration, originally from Mrs. J.D. Midgarden, of Hoople, N.D. We added ¼ cup of heavy cream to the batter to create the paper-thin texture. Even though the staple ingredients of butter, sugar, flour and eggs remain constant, krumkake recipes can vary greatly, and we would love to have you share your family recipe with us.

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom and/or vanilla
½ cup melted butter (one stick, unsalted)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour
¼ cup heavy cream (optional to adjust level of thickness)

Directions: Beat eggs until thick (about 2 to 3 minutes with an electric mixer). Add sugar gradually. Add flour and melted butter alternately, ending with flour. Add cardamom and vanilla and mix to combine.

Put one teaspoon of batter on hot krumkake iron; when edges are slightly browned, remove with table knife and shape over a wooden cone or spoon handle. If the batter gets too thick, a little cream may be added to thin it.

Tips:

  • Cardamom is a common ingredient in Scandinavian baking, but this distinctive spice is quite expensive and unfortunately has no substitute. We have made this recipe with and without it (but always with vanilla), and found both versions delicious.
  • For added flavor, add a ½ teaspoon of almond extract.
  • Krumkake can be served plain, but is also good filled with fresh berries and whipped cream, or dipped in chocolate. Gio loves to spread a little Nutella inside before eating.
  • Adjust the amount of batter used to control the size of the krumkake cones. When served by itself, we prefer larger cookies, but if setting out on a platter among other goodies, we recommend making small cookies.
  • The electric iron we use is called the Krumkake Express 839, made by Chef’s Choice. If you have never used a stove top iron before, this is the way to go – see this post for more details: KRUMKAKE.

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