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Mother's Day always makes me think of back home. I loved growing up on a corn, soybean, pig and sheep farm in Central Iowa. I lived on the county line, which caused a slight identity crisis growing up, but one great thing about growing up in the middle of literally the entire state, I was close to several cultures and was able to experience Iowa's heritages. I am proud to have a large German ancestry, but I have to admit, I loved living close to a large Norwegian and Scandinavian area. Man do the Norsemen know how to bake! I grew up wanting to have a Norwegian wedding cake on my special day, and I knew which Mom out of my classmates made the best Kringla.
I got to thinking about Kringla this week as I was craving a sweet, yet light, breakfast pastry. Kringla are a great coffee cookie, or for the non coffee drinkers out there like myself, I love mine with a cup of hot tea or simply a glass of chocolate milk. And, they aren't just for breakfast. They're a great cookie for anytime during the day. I think what makes Kringla rich, yet soft, is the buttermilk. You can't go wrong with buttermilk! I love using AE Dairy Buttermilk in chocolate cake, pancakes, and even my onion ring batter.
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups AE Buttermilk
7 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda (dissolve in buttermilk)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
Cream together sugar and butter; mix in eggs. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Chill dough (the longer the better - I would suggest overnight if possible, otherwise at least a couple of hours). Roll small pieces into a pencil shape and then form into a figure 8. Bake at 450F until light brown (about 5 minutes).
* I also recommend putting your dough back into the refrigerator between batches to keep it chilled.
So, celebrate Iowa's Scandinavian heritage and have some Kringla with your Mom this Mother's Day. What ethnic foods do you love? Remember to Comment for a Cause!