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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589808975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589808973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bakers longing for a slice of Swedish Limpa or Norwegian Toscakake to transport them across the pond will find plenty of recipes in veteran baker Sinclair's compilation of Scandinavian favorites. Sweet-lovers with a soft spot for almonds, cardamom, and allspice will have a field day, as these pronounced flavors make frequent appearances in this collection of over 40 treats for all times of the day. Those expecting spritz cookies, pancakes with ligonberries, and the iconic Danish pastry will find them alongside desserts like a must-try Strawberry Cream Cake, a layered confection with cream cheese frosting and a rich custard filling, and the craveable Norwegian Tosakake, a tender almond-flavored sponge cake drenched in a buttery caramel topping studded with slivered almonds. Though some may find yeast-based items like Cardamom Breakfast Buns or the saffron-laced St. Lucia Buns challenging, Sinclair provides recipes for all skill levels along with explanations of cultural significance of dishes, ingredients, or trivia, such as the proper way to serve a smorgasbord. Generously served with eye-catching pictures of the dishes and region, this collection will hold the greatest appeal for Scandinavian expats and descendents. (Jan.)
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"Filled with mouth-watering color photos of the finished recipes, as well as visually stimulating shots from the various Scandinavian locations, you are instantly transported (or feel that you could be)!" -Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail "It's a keeper!" -Reader Views Scandinavians are known for their warm hospitality, welcoming family and friends into their homes with coffee and baked goods. Drinking coffee is almost the national pastime, and delicious breads and cookies are the perfect accompaniments. "Coffee tables" are a popular means of celebration, loaded with hearty breads, delicate sweets like Desert Sand Cookies, and whipped cream cakes such as Strawberries and Cream Cake. Simple fruit tarts bring the freshness of spring to the festivities. Offering more than forty recipes, Scandinavian Classic Baking covers a wide range of treats, from simple cookies and muffins to elaborate princess cakes. Carefully written directions and attention to detail guarantee success for both novice and experienced bakers. These are recipes to be cherished for generations. Back Flap Pat Sinclair is a food consultant in the Twin Cities with decades of experience as a recipe developer. Throughout her career, Sinclair has worked for high-profile corporate clients who target American home cooks and bakers, including Publications International, Ltd.; Land O'Lakes; General Mills; and Pillsbury. She was the recipe editor for two Pillsbury Classics Cookbooks and a Land O'Lakes cookbook. Baking Basics and Beyond, her first cookbook, received the Cordon d'Or Gold Ribbon from the Academy of Culinary Arts. Sinclair was also food editor for Breakfast in Cairo, Dinner in Rome, which was the 2000 Midwest Regional Winner in the prestigious Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards. Sinclair holds a bachelor's degree in food research from Purdue University and a master's degree in foods from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d'Escoffier, and Twin Cities Home Economists in Business. She lives in Edina, Minnesota. A commercial photographer specializing in food, Joel Butkowski has been creating award-winning images since the 1980s. His mouth-watering compositions have been used by restaurants, grocery chains, and national food brands. Actively involved in the local arts initiatives of his community, he is the past president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. He is also the author of Using Digital Cameras, the pioneering book in digital photography. He lives in St. Augusta, Minnesota.

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The directions are very easy to follow.
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Lovely book with glossy pages and beautiful photos and wonderful recipes.
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I will enjoy making the recipes in this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Xt on October 26, 2011
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I bought this in the hope that I could find a classic collection of recipes that I could whip up for my Scandinavian colleagues at work - I can honestly say it was a gem of a find! The recipes are split into easy categories (coffee breads, cakes, cookies, tarts, patries, fruit desserts and traditional favourites), with each recipe sporting a beautiful picture and also a short blurb on one or another Scandinavian fact (holidays, history behind the recipe, etc.). I've also found the measurements to be accurate and the instructions detailed.

For those new to using yeast (like me!), I would still look on the 'net before trying the Cinnamon Rolls or Danish Almond Tea Ring, because it's hard to know exactly how best to use the yeast without some practice (i.e. my dough will not rise unless in the oven on the lowest setting). However, whoever is a pro with yeast will have no problems!

Short tip: I added double the filling to the Cinnamon Rolls - otherwise they are too dry to get the real Cinnabon flavour! ;)

I think this is a perfect collection of nordic baked goods, the presentation is beautiful, most recipes are pretty easy and straight-forward and it's also fun to read through the short history and stories provided. Moreover, this is the only Scandinavian baking book where I've seen every recipe with a picture, so for visual cooks this is spot on. Would also highly recommend as a gift to anyone who enjoys baking.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fairy Godmother's Bookshelf on March 1, 2012
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I originally checked this book out of my local library, and immediately knew I'd have to purchase a copy of my own. The book itself is beautiful; the recipes are accompanied by mouth-watering photos which inspired my sons (ages 7 and 3) to put a "please make this, Mommy!" bookmark on almost every page. The instructions are clear and every recipe I used came out great on the first try. The ingredients are easy to find, too, even in a relatively rural area like mine. Being of Norwegian descent myself, I'm rarely impressed with English-language cookbooks of Scandinavian recipes, but this one is a true gem. I'm delighted and can't recommend it highly enough!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer Review TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 10, 2012
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Scandinavian Classic Baking is a beautiful cookbook filled with classic basic recipes. While this good for someone who is starting out when it comes to baking, it is not the book to purchase, if you have several Scandinavian baking books. The book is lavishly illustrated with gorgeous color photographs and is filled with Norwegian historical information.

Some of the recipes you will find in this cookbook include:

Desert Sand Cookies
Swedish Almond Rusk
Blueberry Tart
Norwegian Lefse

I returned this book, as the book did not offer anything new when it came to recipes. If I were starting out collecting Scandinavian cookbooks, I would purchase and keep this cookbook.

Recommend with caveats given.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Molly Ciliberti on October 21, 2011
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Fabulous photos of Scandinavia plus lushious baking with excellent instructions. What a delight and I highly recommend it for first generation Swedish Americans like me who want to have those special treats our mothers and grandmothers baked.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Henning on May 19, 2011
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This book is well worth the money you'll spend on it. The recipes are thorough and easy to follow, and the photography is outstanding. You'll enjoy paging through it as much as cooking from it. I can't recommend this book enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NoVa 4 on October 31, 2011
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This is almost like a coffee table book, simply because the photo quality is so gorgeous that you would want people to search through it. Every delicious recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photo of the result, but also each has a little photo in the corner of some area of Scandinavia. Many of these photos even have snippets about Scandinavian daily life (ie one page with a gorgeous picture of Finnish cookies (which look yummy) has another small photo of a little cabin on a Stockholm lake--with an explanation of what the little house is and it's significance.) I expected delicious recipes, but I didn't expect such beautiful pictures, and I certainly didn't expect snippets and pictures of the gorgeous Scandinavian countryside. I'm buying another copy right now for family!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Branch on October 2, 2013
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I love this book. The recipes are updated for American kitchens. The pictures are gorgeous. Background information makes this fun to read even if you are not ready to bake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SMC on January 29, 2013
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This is an outstanding book with recipes that are authentic and directions that are well-written and easy to follow. I have been looking for years and have finally found the perfect Swedish Kringle recipe. The food photography is beautiful and the side notes about Scandinavian culture and history are short and interesting. This is a cookbook you will enjoy reading and actually use!
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