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Gluten Free and Sugar Free Snack: Bacon Wrapped Dates!

Are you doing any new years resolutions? I am doing a no sugar January and let me just tell you, it’s been pretty hard! Especially over the weekends. This past weekend I was going to a Birthday Potluck at the beach and I needed to bring a snack that was gluten and sugar free so I made bacon wrapped dates! Have you ever had some? It’s actually a Spanish tapas snack and they are the best sweet and salty combo! It’s super easy to make and always a hit with the crowd. Here is how you make them!

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

What you need for about 30 pieces:

  • 1 pack of dates (I get mine at Trader Joe’s and they have about 30 pieces in there)
  • 2 packs of bacon
  • Cutting board with parchment paper
  • Small knife
  • Toothpicks (No flavor)

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped DatesGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

1. Start by pitting the dates. Use a knife to cut halfway through the dateGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

2. Open it upGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

3. Peel out the stone from the date and close it back upGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

4. Take the bacon out of the pack and lay it down on the cutting boardGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

5. Take either a scissor or a knife and cut them in half while the slices are still togetherGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

6. Take one date and one half of a bacon slice and roll it up like displayed in the picturesGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped DatesGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped DatesGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped DatesGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates7. Place the bacon wrapped date on a cooking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure you place it with the end facing down. This will prevent the date from falling apart while cookingGluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates8. Cook at 400 fahrenheit/200 celsius for about 20 minutes until the bacon is cooked

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

9. Once it’s done, stick a toothpick in each one for easy (non-greasy) eating. Enjoy! :) Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped Dates

Gluten Free Sugar Free dessert:Bacon Wrapped DatesHope you’ll like it!

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!

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Norwegian Recipes: Lussekatter!

I am back with another Norwegian recipe! Yesterday was St. Lucia day so I decided to make some Lussekatter, also known as Saffron buns or St. Lucia buns. Wait let’s rephrase that. I tried to make Lussekatter. To be honest I never really knew the story of St. Lucia day, but after some googling I found some information that seems accurate and according to my memories.

” Saint Lucia Day is on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light. In Scandinavia, where Lucy is called Lucia, she is represented by a person dressed in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In both Norway and Sweden, girls (or sometimes boys) dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.”  –Wikipedia” 

I am adding in a picture so you can see that its kind of cute, but cartoon style because I don’t want to be a creeper and add a picture of someone else’s child on my blog.  If you do a google search for St.Lucia day, you can see real life images :)

st.lucia day : lussekatter

st.lucia day: lussekatterTo me, St. Lucia brings back memories of my kindergarden days where we would dress up in white, wear the headband, bake Lussekatter/Saffron buns and parade through the kindergarden singing songs. Writing this out, I agree it sounds weird and maybe even a little bonkers, but it was fun and the buns are amazing!

On to the recipe. I found it on “Matglede“, which is a free Norwegian recipe app made by Tine, one of the larger dairy brands in Norway (I checked and its available in the us iTunes as well). Its usually really good and they have some great recipes in there. The only problem this time around was that the instructions were a little off. One little detail was not right and because its been a year since I made saffron buns last, I followed the recipe and it got messed up! So here is what I did and what you should do instead!

Start by pulling out all your tools and ingredients! You’ll need:

1 1/3 stick/150 grams of butter

2 1/4 cup/5 dl Milk

2 small packets (of the 3 pack) /50 gram yeast

1 g saffron

2/3 cup/150 grams of sugar

0.5 tsp salt

4 1/2-5 cups/13 dl flour

1 egg, plus one for brushing

Raisins

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

1. Stir together all the dry ingredients, except the saffron. Here is where I got tricked partly by the recipe and party by the fact that I was multitasking while baking. Not always a good idea. 

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

2. Melt butter, add milk, saffron and bring it to about 99 degrees fahrenheit (37 celcius)

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

3. Combine all the ingredients and let it sit in a room temperature area for 30-40 min. Make sure you don’t have any cold draft coming from a window or similar. Yeast likes it warm. This is where your dough should look like a pretty yellow sun color and my dough still has saffron flakes all over…uh.

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

4. Take out the dough, add some flour to a working surface and start kneading it. Cut it into pieces depending on how large you want your buns to come out. Remember they will double in size from what you make at this stage. St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

5. Roll the strings into 8’s and add raisins. These should be yellow by now…St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

6. Stir together one egg in a small bowl and brush the buns lightly on top.

7. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let them sit for 30-40 min. The longer they sit, the more the yeast rises. If you use rapid yeast 20-30 might be enough. I usually just go do something else during the wait times. Like clean up my mess! St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

8. Preheat the oven to 450 Fahrenheit or 225 Celsius and bake for 5-8 min depending on how big they are.

Don’t judge a book by its cover! Its the inside that counts right? They tasted really good! St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!Have you ever made some? Is this totally weird? Let me if you liked the post!

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Weekend Recap!

I love Holidays and especially Thanksgiving! Being from Norway and Thanksgiving being an American holiday, I have only celebrated it for the last few years, but I already love it. I know it has a lot of history and there is a lot more to it than a nice family dinner, but to me, it’s all about appreciation, friends, family and giving thanks. I also love how it pushes Christmas back to actually being in December. My friends back home complain about Christmas decorations and food coming into stores in September. That’s way to early! Summer is not even fully over yet. But, I digress.

We decided not to go anywhere this year and just stayed in San Francisco. To be honest, I kind of like it when the city simmers down and everybody just takes a breather. A couple of years ago, I ordered the turkey from Honeybaked Ham and cooked a complete Thanksgiving meal at home with every side dish you can ever imagine. I don’t know if I forgot that it was just the two of us or what, but we had turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, gravy, cornbread and mashed potatoes for weeks! It was nice, but until we’re a big family I kind of feel like I have been there, done that! So this year, we decided to just relax and go out for a nice dinner instead. I loved it!

San Francisco Streets

Thanksgiving dinner dateOn my way home from work the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped by Banana Republic and that combined with the rain we have been having lately, it really got me into PJ’s all day lounge around mood! I wanted all the leggings, tanks, cashmere cardigans, cozy socks and infinity scarfs! And its already added to my wish list.

Banana Republic store layout, thanksgiving weekendThursday basically consisted of us just relaxing, watching movies and me baking my first ever homemade American Apple Pie! I got the recipe from Joy the Baker. Whenever I visit her site, my mouth waters and I want to bake all things everything! The result of the pie? Ta-da!

Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Apple PieI also needed to get all my Christmas shopping done so the gifts would make it to Norway in time for Christmas. After putting it off for too long, I knew it was time, but to be honest, Black Friday scares me. Last year we went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and I figured I would visit one of the outlet malls for Black Friday. Worst idea ever! After being stuck at the parking lot for about an hour, trying to park further away and realizing I was in the deep ghetto, combined with the fear of accidentally becoming the center of attention in one of those Black Friday news headlines, I drove off.

So this year, I took a different approach and got almost everything online with either pick up in store or 2 day free shipping! Amazing! After lounging around in my PJ’s watching movies, and eating apple pie all day long, I did a quick pickup in store at a few places and finished off the night by watching the annual Christmas tree lighting at Union Square. Another holiday tradition favorite! Didn’t get a good picture of the tree at the event with all those people, so here one from yesterday, in all its glory!

San Francisco Christmas Tree

And even though we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we made a fake smaller one with chicken on Sunday! The sides are what really matters right? :)

Thanksgiving weekend recap, turkey and stuffing

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!

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Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

If you have been following along, you know how excited I am for fall this year. It’s finally getting colder in San Francisco and today I was in the mood for something sweet so I decided to bake! I love anything apple cinnamon flavored and with a touch of vanilla ice cream, Apple Cake is heavenly! I actually like to bake, but I am all for the simpler recipes. I don’t have the patience if you have to fly through hoops and hassles to get the result. After all, I am in it for the baked goods at the end!

I don’t really know where the recipe is originated, but I am very lucky to have a few homemade cookbooks with my moms and both my grandmothers favorite recipes, which is where this one is from :) My grandmother on my dad’s side passed away a few years ago, which totally broke my heart because we were very close. I have so many memories from her cooking up the most delicious meals and dessert throughout the years and I feel incredibly honored to have her recipe booklets!

I figured there is probably a few Norwegian recipe gems that I can share with you, so I started a new series: Norwegian Recipes! Let me know how you like it :)

Ok, moving on to what you came here for: Warm Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Ingredients

4.5 oz/125 grams of butter

4.5 oz/125 grams of sugar

4.5 oz/125 grams of all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

3 apples (I used red gala, but you can choose any kind you want)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 395 degrees. (200 Celsius)

What to do

1. Stir together all the dry ingredients (except brown sugar and just a dash of cinnamon)

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake2. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and stir it in. This is where I could have spent some time cutting out perfectly shaped small cubes of butter, but then I didn’t…

Norwegian Recipe: Warm Apple Cake/Pai3. Add in the eggs and stir it all together.

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Norwegian Recipe: Warm Apple Cake4. Add the batter into a 9-10″ (24 cm) round pan. Peel the apples and cut into thin slices. Push the apples into the cake in circles. Wipe over the dough and add another layer of apples for decoration.

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake! If you have a dishwasher, you can just butter the pan, but because I don’t, I used parchment paper. Yes, I have gone five years with no dishwasher. Five! If you ever think about moving to a big city, make sure you can go without a dishwasher. They do not exist here… but I digress. The cake is now ready for the preheated oven! And while it’s baking for 25-30 min, you have lot’s of time to do the dishes :)

All done! Hope you like it :)

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Until next time, Hadet på Badet!

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