Wrap the dessert in plastic, and store at room temperature to enjoy it for up to three months.
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Rating: 3 stars
It’s a ok attempt. The cake however did not originate in Iceland at all, it was however invented by 100% Icelanders. Icelanders who were living in Gimli Manitoba and wanted to make something tasty with the ingredients they had. So was born this cake. The mission ingredients are cardamom (as said earlier) and pure almond extract. Also when you are done, you wrap it in plastic wrap, then in tin foil, pretty tight. Then you leave out on your counter for about a wee
Rating: 4 stars
All Icelanders make this recipe slightly different, there's no right or wrong way (but people do have strong opinions about their family recipes!). My family recipe also uses 2 tsp cardamom and it uses butter. The trick to any vina terta, however, is it needs to rest in the fridge or freezer for at least two or even three weeks. That's what makes it moist and allows the flavours to blend nicely (my mom's recipe also used butter not shortening/sour cream). Recipes vary between 5 and 8 cookie layers, we do 5. My mom usually iced just the top with a buttercream icing after the resting period which makes this cake more palatable for kids (everyone?). Either way, this is the closest recipe I've seen online to my mom's. Make it in late November so it's ready in time for Christmas festivities.
A cake that was made with frugality in mind, when winter had only the availability of dried fruit at hand. Brown sugar was commonly used as less expensive, as was shortening. Cardamom is a spice favoured in Scandinavian cooking use as much or little as you may. Use rimmed cooking pans upside down for ease of sliding thin cakes off without breakage.
I have not made this recipe, but my grandmother was 100% Icelandlandic & this recipe is SO wrong. The first crime is that there should be at least 1-2 Tbsp. of fresh ground cardamom seeds ( from the pod )in the cookie dough. Second, NO butter. Use shortening & sourcream so it stays very moist. There is no cutting of dough into sizes. You turn a 9" round upside down & roll out the dough & slide the cookie off when done. Tradition is 6 layers of cake & 5 layers of prunes ( Lemon, sugar, prunes).