Carrot cake with white chocolate

The other day we had a Summer party at the kids’ kindergarten and as part of it there was a cake sale that we contributed to. For this event, I made a version of a carrot cake that I have made several times in the past. The major change I did this time is the sheer size of the cake and the use of white chocolate and a little bit of lemon.

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This is a super moist and flavorful cake! The use of apples in the recipe adds a great deal of moisture and sweetness to the cake. The cake is easy to make, but takes a bit of time to make. It can easily be made the day before and then have the icing added before serving it. You can also freeze the cake if you don’t put icing on it. The carrot cake is a definite crowd pleaser and I received great feedback at the cake sale. Continue reading

Rhubarb and peppermint crumble

Yet “another rhubarb crumble” you might think, but this one has a tiny little twist as I have added a few sprigs of peppermint to the mixture. Getting the right balance gives a wonderful freshness to the pie without overpowering the rhubarb flavor. I recommend sticking to peppermint leaves when making this as other and stronger mint will quickly overpower the rest of the flavors in the pie.

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Deconstructed berry dessert

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So simple and so delicious! This makes for a great celebratory dessert during the holidays in May. We have quite a few holidays in May in Norway, including the main one which is the Constitution Day. This dessert is perfect for such a celebration.

I can’t wait to be able to make this dessert with berries harvested from the garden. The bushes are barely starting to bud now and we can hopefully look forward to a good harvest again this year. Last year we had an amazing harvest of raspberries, both yellow ones and red ones. These will make for beautiful desserts in the coming months and the boys really love picking and eating them in the garden. Continue reading

Rhubarb almond crumble

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20150501_211758The start of the growing season is finally here!! And it is such a wonderful treat to be able to go outside in the garden and pick your own produce to cook with. I tend to forget from year to year how good it makes you feel as by the end of the growing season, it becomes much more of a habit. And then, over the darker parts of the year, you start to miss it more and more as you use the rest of the staples from the last harvest. Continue reading

Homemade apple jelly

Fresh apple jelly

Fresh apple jelly

We started this tradition of making apple jelly after Silje’s brother came over with parts of their apple harvest. We still have yet to get a decent harvest from our trees as they are a bit too young still. After that, we have made some more when the supermarkets have had very good specials on apples as well. This is a very versatile jelly that can be used just as a spread, with cheese, tapas or as a sweet addition to game dinner. We especially enjoy this with a good cheese platter and our boys will happily have it on sandwiches.  Continue reading