Icelandic Inspired Recipes

Jenna Boholij/Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

Just in time for the holidays we've created a list of Icelandic recipes with a twist on traditional Icelandic food. 

Skyr 

Skyr has been part of an Icelander's diet for over a thousand years and is sold under the President's Choice brand in Canada since 2015.  This high protein, cultured cheese product is comparable in consistency to that of Greek yogurt. 

Icelandic Skyr and Blueberry Cake 
Photo: Josephine Malene Kofod

Icelandic Skyr & Blueberry Cake

Vínarterta

Vínarterta is a multi-layered cake traditionally made with prune filling. Despite originating in Iceland this cake is more commonly made and consumed by Icelandic Canadians.  This complicated cake is usually served a special occasions. To "hack" this traditional recipe, replace the prune filling with apricot, strawberry, blueberry or other fruit preserves. Just don't tell the Amma's.

Vínarterta Recipe - Terri Gilson 
Photo: Carrie Arsenault, Sugar Me Cookie Bakery 

Pönnukökur

Pönnukökur are a thin, crepe like pancake that can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or in between. Classic Icelandic presentation is to serve them filled with whipped cream and rhubarb jam or to simple roll them up and sprinkle with sugar. Try the Snickers Pönnukökur recipe below for a very sweet and salty version. *Disclaimer* The site is in Icelandic so call an Icelandic speaking friend or try and make the best of Google translate.

Snickers-pönnukökur með Snickers-sírópi recipe
Photo: Lilja Katrín Bakar

Soup 

Since we can't only eat sweets here's a recipe for a very Icelandic-esque  meal, soup! From Kjötsúpa (Icelandic Lamb Soup) to Plokkfiskur (Fish Stew) many of the soups and stews are hearty and rich. For a meat-free alternative try this Icelandic Vegetable and Oat Soup recipe!

Icelandic Vegetable and Oat Soup Recipe
Photo: Ashlae Warner

Do you have any variations on traditional Icelandic recipes or foods? Share them with us! 

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