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Great Scandinavian Baking Book

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Recipes for savory and authentic morsels from the north country, now in paperback!Food is the heart of a Scandinavian home: scrumptious pies, delicate pastries, millions of cookies, and, of course, savory breads. Each country—Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland—has its specialty and no one goes hungry. In this mouthwatering collection, Beatrice Ojakangas calls on ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published August 8th 1988)
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Oct 29, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it
It would be a wonderful project to bake one's way through this book -- especially if one were to have a bunch of people around to eat the results! Many of these baked goods were familiar to me from being married to a Danish-American and living in Minnesota for 30+ years, where one also meets people with roots in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The book covers everything from everyday breads to Christmas cookies, Danish pastry, coffeecakes and pancakes. So far I haven't tried the recipes but ...more
Oct 07, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
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I've always wanted to learn more about Scandinavian cooking in general because of my Swedish ancestry, so when I saw this book on amazon and read the great reviews I had to buy it! The majority of the recipes have simple ingredients and are easy to make, but can be quite time consuming. They use a lot of butter, eggs, almonds, cardamom and raisins. Cardamom seems to be used like American's use vanilla, in almost every recipe. I also found several recipes from my childhood, including a gingerbrea ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Kierstin rated it it was amazing
Awesome awesome encyclopedia of Scandinavian breads, pastries, cookies, and cakes. Beatrice Ojakangas has a simple, but informative presentation style, coupling basic techniques with some historical anecdotes to support the recipe's nuances. And, her recipes are simply the best: In two separate test kitchens (kransekake and krumkake) comparing multiple versions of recipes, Ojakangas' recipes were the easiest to accomplish, the most consistent in outcome, and the best tasting.

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Jan 17, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My main reason for rating this book so low is that it is including both Icelandic and Finnish recipes. Neither of the two are Scandinavian countries. Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Finland and Iceland only come in when we speak about The Nordic Countries.

There are some good recipes in here. As well as some that made me go "Huh?"

I don't think I have ever seen a Champagne bottle inside a Kransekake in Norway, for example, and when I try to do an internet search for it, the only pages
Jan 26, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
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I bought this book on a whim, because I wanted another baking book and I love the flavor of cardamom, which this book uses in abundance. I've made several recipes and they've all turned out great. The pulla bread (cardamom coffee bread) was my favorite--it was my first successful attempt at yeast bread. The directions were easy to follow and it turned out perfectly. The Swedish sugar cake was also wonderful, and a great use for a fancy bundt pan. It's made with whipped cream as the main liquid, ...more
This is a great Scandinavian cookbook for bakers. I like this book because it is robust and a great reference, not to mention that it covers Scandinavia and not just an single country.

I actually used the 1988 edition, so I am not sure if the newer editions have changed, but I do prefer cookbooks with pictures, because I learn best through visual example.
Apr 03, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Don't know why, but Scandinavia is fascinating to me. So are their baked goods! Various breads shaped like giant donuts- rad! Major usage of almonds, cinnamon, and cardamom- killer! The recipes look very easy to follow. And, there were interesting tid bits of facts written alongside the recipes.
Jan 25, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
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Beatrice is a well-known cook and baker and I have followed her recipes for years. My current interest is especially baking breads. This volume has some very good recipes for limpa, julekake and other Scandanavian breads. It's a library book, but i will buy it.
Aug 02, 2008 Tressa rated it really liked it
wish I had time to bake more! makes me miss the Midwest.
Carla Fournier
Apr 19, 2016 Carla Fournier rated it it was amazing
To honor my Swedish and Danish heritage, for several years I hosted a Scandinavian holiday buffet for my friends. This was my go-to book for a variety of baked desserts. All were well-received.
Oct 05, 2014 Dejah rated it it was amazing
most accurate baking book for Nordic foods!
Diana Thayer
Nov 30, 2012 Diana Thayer rated it really liked it
Nice recipes, including for smorkage and julekage.
Sep 27, 2010 Tiffiny rated it really liked it
I love this cookbook!! I can't wait to make everything in it, yum!!
Sep 10, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
These recipes sounded awesome!! I can't wait to try them :)
Jan 14, 2008 Alissa rated it really liked it
i sat down in a borders the other day to surf through this book. It has some cool recipe's in it. that's EXCITING!
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Beatrice Ojakangas has a rich background in Scandinavian cuisines, traditions and history. She and her husband, Richard, are second-generation Americans. All of their grandparents came from Finland. As they visited in Finland, Beatrice, known as "Peaches" to her friends and relatives, became interested in the foods and traditions of all Scandinavian countries. She has a special knack for making fr ...more
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