Saturday, March 18, 2017

Icelandic Donuts ~ Kleinur

I always enjoy sampling the traditional foods when visiting another country.  We were recently in Iceland and made sure we tried their Kleinur...a slightly sweet deep-fried bread which is rather like a twisted donut.  They are available in every bakery or coffee shop in the country.  I decided to give this Icelandic treat a taste-test in my own kitchen and I will share my version, which is quite similar to my Rollkuchen recipe. It is the addition of the aromatic spices (cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon) that sets them apart.

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg (or use 1 1/2 teaspoons total of your favorite)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  1. Combine 4 cups flour with sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk and sour cream. 
  3. Add liquids to flour mixture and stir to incorporate.
  4. Continue to add flour until a soft (but not sticky) dough is formed.
  5. Divide dough into two balls and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Roll each piece out thin on a floured surface. Cut long strips about 2 inches wide and then cut diagonally across to for diamond-shaped pieces, using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel. Cut a small slit in the centre of each piece, and gently pull one end through the slit to make a twist in the donut. 
  7. Deep fry in hot oil until golden on one side.  Flip and fry on the other side until golden.
  8. Serve 'hot off the grill' dusted in confectioner's sugar, or leave them plain and dip in sugar while eating. 
Someone 'near and dear' who was born in Iceland, recommended that we try Kleiner.  One of these days I'll have her sample my version and see if they pass the test.