Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Celebrating 17 May

It's Norway's national holiday today - hurrah!

Whilst my Norwegian family were getting ready to head out to see the annual parade, back here in suburban Melbourne I held my own special celebration, dressing up Olive and baking a traditional treat.

See this picture - that's me and my sister outside our old home in Sandefjord, on our way to the parade. I think I was 2.  The dress I'm wearing is called a bunad.   Based on traditional folk costumes, every region of Norway has their own special colours,  embrodiery and accessories.

Fast forward 35 years and here's my daughter wearing that very dress and hat (and waving the same flag, albeit not quite so new looking now).  I love that my mum has preserved these touchstones of our culture.

This year my parents are actually in Norway for my cousin's wedding and timed their arrival to be there for today's festivities.

Rather than miltary parades, school children march through the town waving flags and shouting Hipp Hipp Hurrah.

I'm reliably told that the day was lovely and warm and the parade was fantastic. One day I'll take Olive and Mr Di-licious.

Dress ups aside, today was also the perfect excuse to bake something that is truely Norwegian to me: sweet cardamom scented buns, filled with custard, also known affectionatley as school buns (skoler brod).


It's funny, I searched high and low for a recipe for these buns online (quite succesfully in the end) but it turns out I already had it in one of my own cookbooks. 

Happily for me the recipes match, making me confident that by sending you to the lovely Siri at The Transplanted Baker, you will find an authentic recipe (and I can be a little lazy and not type it out).

Using a spoon to create hole for the custard
These delightful buns are actually quite easy to bake and make a good starting project for working with yeast. 

My only regret was that I didn't make 24 smaller buns instead of the 12 whoppers I ended up with.  They didn't quite cook all the way through under the custard but this was more noticeable when eating them still slightly warm. 

I've shared some process photos to illustrate how to fill the buns with custard before baking (another first for di-licious).

Filled with homemade vanilla custard

Baked buns straight out of the oven

School buns are perfect with a cup of black coffee (Norway's national drink and pastime) or glass of milk.

The hardest part is stopping at just one!

Thanks for allowing me to indulge in a little nationalistic pride.

My bookshelf baking challenge this week will also be a taste of Norway - stay tuned!

Hipp hipp hurra for 17 Mai!



The reluctant patriot

9 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh your daughter could not be cuter. Lovely recipe and great post!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Those pictures are just DARLING! Especially the reluctant patriot. I've had similar cardamom custard buns in Finland and they are delicious! Happy National Day!

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

Glad 17 mai !!!! I am so glad to see that you were able to make the skoleboller! :) They look really nice! Your daughter is adorable!

siri said...

Well done! Looks like they turned out nice, I always debate whether to make 12 mega-sized buns or 24 dainty ones. I guess the large ones always win- they do look impressive and can make any child (or adult, for that matter) swoon. You'll have to give your mom a pat on the back for taking such good care of your little girl bunad- I love the first photo from your childhood in that great vogn.

Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips said...

ohh those pictures are so cute! and what yummy looking buns!

Jon said...

Wow! Between you and Siri I truly believe I can gain weight just by looking at the pictures! And if the worse happens, I will die with a smile on my face.

Di-licious said...

Thanks everyone. I'm really feeling the love right now! xxx

Miss Adriennely said...

If you were to open up your own bakery, this would sell like hot stuff! it looks really good!

Anonymous said...

I showed your blog to Lisbet(& George) they loved it, especially the skolebrod.
Love
Dad