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Jun 9, 2010 12:21 PM

Icelandic pastry help!

I am of Icelandic descent and was hoping to make some Icelandic pastries, a la Carberry's in Boston, for my Mom's 65th birthday in August. I have done so many google searches my head is spinning - all with no good results. I'd LOVE to make the hekla that Carberry's makes. If anyone knows of any other nice Icelandic pastries I could try, please let me know! I'm open to anything. Thank you!

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  1. Hello from one Icelander to another!
    I used to love Ponnukikur (Icelandic Crepes or pancakes stuffed with sugar or jam,) and Kleinur which are like doughnuts. My aunt used to make them for me when I visited her in Iceland.
    Here is a link to a great website that lists several types of Icelandic food and recipes:

    1. I remember my Icelandic grandmother making were the aforementioned ponnukikur, although we mainly ate them sprinkled with brown sugar, then rolled. Can't find any mention of them online (although not entirely confident in how it should be spelled), but they were very similar to this Norwegian recipe with a similar name.

      Only other dessert I ever remember having was vinatarta, a layered cake with a prune filling. There seem to be a number of different recipes online for this.

      Hekla pastries seem to be unique to Boston, as far as I can tell they are made only by Carberry's and named for the Hekla volcano in Iceland. They do sound delicious...

      1. Wow, good resources! You've given me a great idea to just make an entire Icelandic meal, especially because my mom's sister will be in town for her birthday! Þakka þú! (thank you!)