The time has come, my little friends, to talk of many things; not shoes and ships and ceiling wax, nor cabbages and kings. But instead, it's time to honour Roald Amundsen.On this very day 100 years ago - 14th December 1911 – Amundsen and his team were the first people in the history of mankind to reach the South Pole. Now, as I'm sure you all know, Amundsen was a born and bred Norwegian, which makes today even more special to us proud Norwegians. Hey, we're a country with fewer then fem million inhabitants, so this whole ''explorations and finding new territories'' is a rare happening.
I digress. Today is a day to honour one of the greatest Arctic explorers in history, and the way that I'm going to do that is by making and eating these lovely cookies here. These aren't just ordinary cookies, mind you; these were the cookies Amundsen himself brought to the South Pole (I mean I've used the same recipes. These aren't the exact cookies Amundsen took with him, obviously!). Legend has it that a lovely woman, Esther Klausen, made him kilos upon kilos (50 kg or 7500 cookies in total, by all accounts) of these delights to keep him happy during his explorations.
Later Amundsen even wrote Klausen noting that her cookies had made it ''easier to work much more'' and, according to Wikipedia, made his chances for survival stronger. Whereas Robert Scott, his British counterpart and rival, drank tea and ate cookies made from white flour and baking soda, Amundsen drank hot chocolate and ate whole-wheat and oat cookies - these cookies. So if you're planning a trip to visit the penguins, make sure you bring some of these with you...
I've been enjoying these cookies with some lovely warm Apfelpunsch lately. I'm not a huge fan of mulled wine, and this drink is also non-alcoholic, so my parents can enjoy it as well. Apfelpunsch is warmed apple juice with cinnamon and other spices, and it's a great comforter during those dark, cold nights. It's a great substitute for gløgg, or mulled wine, if you're not into alcoholic beverages or just want something sweet.
Apfelpunsch is often sold at Christmas markets, mostly intended for children, but nevertheless good for the odd adult like myself. It's also very easy to make, so you have no excuses! Keep a pot of Apfelpunsch ready to welcome any unexpected guests this Winter to keep the holiday atmosphere glowing. I know I always love a cuppa, though it's fair to note that giving anything sweet with cinnamon will make me a happy girl.
Recipe by Matoppskrift.no
500 g. oats
500 g. butter
100 g. sugar
6 tsp. baking powder
5 dl. cold milk
500 g. flour
1.In a casserole, melt the butter and sugar together. Add the milk and blend well. Place the mixture in a bowl, and add the oats. Let rest overnight.
2.The next day, add the baking powder and flour and knead well together. Roll the dough into a thin, 0.6 cm square. Using round cookie cutters, cut the dough into round discs.
3.Bake at 175C until they turn golden, about 15-20 minutes
Recipe by Hefe und Mehr
700 ml apple juice
1 stick cinnamon, crushed to pieces
1/2 star anis fruit
1/4 tsp cardamom5 cloves
Bring apple juice with spices to boil. Infuse for 10 min. Then serve while still hot.
Oppskrift frå Matoppskrift.no
500 g. havregryn
500 g. smør
100 g. sukker
6 tsp. bakepulver
5 dl. kald mjølk
500 g. mjøl
1.Smelt smøret i lag med sukkeret i ei gryta. Ha i mjølka og bland godt saman. Legg deigen i ei bolle, og ha i havregryna. La stå over natta.
2.Dagen etterpå har du i bakepulveret og mjølet. Kna godt saman. Rull deigen til ein tynn, 0,6 cm firkant. Kjevl ut og stikk ut kjeks med ei rund peparkakeform.
3.Steik ved 175C til dei er gyldne, omlag 15-20 minutt.
Oppskrift frå Hefe und Mehr
700 ml eplesaft eller jus
1 kanelstang, knust
1/4 ms kardemomme5 nellik
Kok eplejusen/safta med krydderet i omlag 10 minutt. Server medan drikken ennå er varmt. Det går godt ann å koka drikken på nytt att.