Contrary to everything I have always believed, it seems that the Norwegians also celebrate the feast of St. Lucia. Hooray! Even though we missed it this year (it falls annually on December 13), that is really okay since Anna is only 10 months old. Next year she will be old enough to enjoy it (though probably still not old enough to wear a wreath of candles on her head).
I seem to be obsessed with finding recipes to celebrate this feast day. Maybe it is just that I’m itching to bake something Scandinavian at this time of year? The traditional food of St. Lucia appears to be lussebullar (saffron rolls). There’s another recipe here for pretty braided bread featuring orange juice and cranberries. And last but not least, here’s a recipe I may have to try soon:
Norwegian Almond Bread
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup melted margarine
Beat sugar, egg, extract, and milk, add flour and baking powder, finally add margarine. Pour into bundt cake pan sprayed with cooking spray (or specialized Scandinavian cake pan). Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Edges must be golden brown. Cool in pan before removing. Bread will break if removed too soon. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar. Cool cake in pan before removing as it can break apart.
Variation: before pouring batter into pan, sprinkle sliced almonds on the bottom.