Smultringer, (or lard rings in English), are a traditional donut that are very popular in Norway. They can be bought in packs at the supermarket throughout the year here, but come Christmas, you can buy them fresh and hot from street and market vendors. As such, they are not donuts to be iced, but a dusting of cinnamon-sugar makes them very more-ish. These donuts are quiet easy to make yourself at home, if you have the donut dispenser on hand.
I’ve never liked ‘lard rings’ (smultringer) as they were always dry, heavy and gluggy and left an awful taste in your mouth. The first time I went to a Norwegian shop I gasped ‘donuts’ and Moose just smirked. Trying to eat them was a monstrous task. Not only was I trying to impress Moose by liking his Norwegian food (I failed dismally in the end), but I was hoping the more I eat the better they would get. For five years I never touched them again, until… For the first time I saw a donut van outside the shops selling made-on-the-spot donuts! The van was bare except for one hard-working donut machine, one sitting chair and one rolly-polly ring maker. You could buy icing coated donuts with sprinkles, chocolate coated donuts with nuts or cinnamon-sugar. I was in ‘dunkin’ heaven! or so I thought. I ordered 10 plain donuts, thinking ‘plain’ meant with cinnamon and sugar but nope, they were naked donuts. They looked kind of small in the bag …
Juletid (Christmas time) is a celebration of traditions and family in Norway. With the fall of winter snow and the wonderful displays of Northern Lights, Norwegians sit round their fire places, dance around the Christmas tree, enjoy rich food and share julefryd (Christmas cheer) with family, friends and in their communities. At this special time of year we are happy to share the Norwegian Christmas with you. We hope you will celebrate with us by having a little bit of Norway in your Christmas.
Below is a link list of over 100 Christmas posts – recipes, activities and stories on this blog. Most of them are from the legacy website started in 2008, and more are added every season.
Seven Sorts refers to the seven traditional Norwegian Christmas cakes and cookies – an array of treats that sit on most Norwegian Christmas tables. The light cookies are the short breads and the dark cookies are the ginger breads. However, there is a dispute about which seven are the original – there are actually over twenty cookies to choose from. Below are a few of the most popular Seven Sorts:
Our family has a tradition of four Christmas dinners. We start on little Christmas Eve…
Juletid (Christmas time) is a celebration of traditions and family in Norway. With the fall of winter snow and the wonderful displays of Northern Lights, Norwegians sit round their fire places, dance around the Christmas tree, enjoy rich food and share julefryd (Christmas cheer) with family, friends and in their communities.