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Norwegian Cakes and Cookies [Kindle Edition]

Sverre Saetre

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Book Description

Norway’s most acclaimed pastry chef, Sverre Sætre, brings his latest tempting dessert discoveries to the table with recipes for everything from decadent cakes, tarts, and puddings to candied fruits, chocolate confections, and cookies. Sætre’s desserts are anchored in Norwegian tradition, such as Fyrstekake (layers of rich butter pastry with a marzipan filling), Kokosboller (chocolate-coconut truffles), and Tilslørte bondepiker (sweet fruit compote with whipped cream), but his creative twists make each sweet dish original.

Sætre applies his years of professional expertise and his personal creative flair to this culinary collection, using wonderful ingredients in exciting ways to create new and delicious flavors. From sweet and simple fruit-based confections to more complex pastries and chocolates, Norwegian desserts have never been so exciting.

Each of the fifty recipes is accompanied by the luscious photography of Christian Brun, and Sætre also includes a chapter on essential basics such as pie and tart crusts, vanilla custard, and dark chocolate glaze, with useful tips for beginning and expert bakers alike.

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Book Description

Traditional Norwegian desserts with a sweet modern twist.

About the Author

Sverre Sætre is a professional pastry chef. He is a member of the world champion Norwegian Olympic Culinary Team, and a popular TV chef in Norway, as well as running his own patisserie. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15032 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (27 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QZ787Q
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,333,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some basic and important food safety information missing 10 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this cookbook to prepare some traditional Norwegian desserts for my husband who comes from a Norwegian background. Both his great-grandparents were from Norway before moving to the Dakotas to farm.

While the book is beautifully illustrated, it was lacking in some basic information. One of the recipes called Oxalis Cream uses Oxalis leaves and sheet gelatin. It would have helped if an explanation of how to use both these ingredients had been included. I did some quick research Oxalis leaves are from the Oxalis weed, as best as I can tell. I am fairly sure this is what the recipe was calling for as an ingredient, but I am not 100 percent positive. It would have helped to have an explanation as the Oxalis Cream is considered a basic recipe found in the back of the book.

And then we get into the canning portions of this book. While I have made jams and jellies, I do not can much, this much I do know and that is the USDA canning method is what is recommended for food safety. The book Norwegian Cakes and Cookies does not use the USDA method for canning.

While lovely to read, I would use this book as a guide to Norwegian cooking, but I would select another book to cook from. I'd suggest purchasing any of the books written by Beatrice Ojakangas instead. She's written The Great Scandinavian Baking Book; Scandinavian Cooking; or Scandinavian Feasts.

Recommend with caveats given.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a great chef 10 Mar. 2012
By Mary Simonsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My husband grew up in Norway and I lived there for six years. We think the title of the book can be misleading to Americans who may think they are buying a book with only cake and cookie recipes because in Norway, the word "cakes" can include a broader range of baked goods with fillings like pies and tarts. The book does in fact have recipes for cakes, cookies, tarts, jam, soup, pudding, cream puffs, and other yummy things. These recipes are not necessarily ones found in your average Norwegian cookbook, but rather as the author says are founded in Norwegian tradition, meaning he is a great chef making great chef versions of them! Almost all ingredients can be obtained at a regular grocery store, while some (lingonberries) can be obtained at specialty stores and Ikea. Most recipes are fairly simple to make, we've tried a couple so far and they are delicious. I am very happy with the book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful modern takes on traditional recipes 16 April 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My great-grandmother came to America from Denmark, and growing up, some of my very favorite treats were her recipes. I still have a weakness for Scandinavian desserts.

This collection of modern takes on traditional desserts is definitely for people who are more than casual cooks. It's well written with US style volume measurements with metric measurements offered in parenthesis, however there is a basic assumption you'll have a strong grounding in basic cooking skills. They are recipes, not step by step instructions.

That said, if you do have the grounding to follow the recipes, these recipes will impress. They are different, with amazing textures, appearance and flavors. The carrot cake for example is two moist layers with big, cloud like layers of a cream cheese and fruit whipped cream.

The title is deceptive in the best way possible. This is not just cakes and cookies, there are puddings, jellies, and candies as well. It's Norwegian desserts.

My favorite recipes are

Marzipan recipe, with instructions for crystallizing marzipan pieces
Vanilla Butter Cream is hands down my new favorite, go to butter cream recipe. It starts with a cooked pudding like cream then adds butter to make a frosting that's just amazing. Not too sweet and so good.
Ginger cookies- easy and wonderful. I love molasses and ginger cookies.
Caramel pudding with cloud berries- this is a little fussy, but if you're a fan of custards and caramel, this pudding with any kind of berries is one of the best ever.
Poor Knights with Dense Milk and Strawberries- this variation on sweet egg battered stale bread and cream is made with a sour cream- the author suggests kefir which is how I made it. It was a hit with everyone in my family and it's super easy.
Sweet Rusks- a biscotti like twice baked cookie, this variation has both almonds and hazelnuts

There are some regionally specific ingredients like butters made with sour cream. A good substitute if you make your own butter is to use creme fraiche (cultured cream) to make butter, then use that in the recipes. Mix 2 Tablespoons of cultured buttermilk with two cups of heavy cream. Put in a jar with a lid and let it set for 4-8 hours. Then make butter using your favorite technique. For berries and fruit, use what is in season in your area. Cloudberries are from the same family as raspberries. They are tart, but in a lot of these recipes, raspberries could be used as a substitute. If you live in a colder region like I do, you maybe able to find cloudberries in the summer.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Norweigan Cooking 14 Feb. 2014
By Badger27 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love to collect cookbooks especially from different countries. As you go through the recipes, you will see the different ingredients that are used which will give you a totally different experience from what we enjoy here.
I love that this top Norwegian Chef included helpful information regarding some of the different ingredients such as the various different berries that they have in the Scandinavian countries they
have access to. It's also makes you want to go visit so that you can experience the great food & buy some of the different spices & other ingredients that you might be able to find here to send back home to cook with. I have done this when I
have travelled in Britian.
I would highly recommend this cookbook
for your collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars great cookbook 28 Jan. 2014
By Deborah Krisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I gave this as a gift to a friend who's heritage is Norwegian. She was so excited because she finally had Norwegian recipes written in English and the measurements were American. She got cookbooks from her mother and she can't decipher them. The pictures were very nice. I can't wait to try the foods she will make from the book. I would buy this book again, I was that pleased with it.
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