This, is my own rendition of Birna's Brown Sugar Cake. It is the most insane blend of sugar I've ever attempted to make or to eat. We enjoyed it when first made by G's cousin Birna in Iceland, when we unsuspectingly went for "coffee" and 3 hours later tried to lift our overstuffed selves up from the table... I have mentioned before that having "coffee" in Iceland as a guest, consists of a groaning table loaded down with everything delicious you can imagine, from a variety of creamy and smooth Icelandic cheeses, exotic cold cuts of cold smoked lamb (Hangikjöt), smoked salmon, salamis, ham... and then there are the crackers & breads... baskets of breads laden with baked in cheese, sweet cake muffins, tender cinnamon swirled slices. There was skyr (the Icelandic equivalent but not the same as yogurt), sweet pickles, olives to munch out on to your heart's content (or perhaps TOO much for your heart's content... LOL) and last but certainly not least were the desserts. Imagine a huge assortment here as well, but this brown sugar cake stole the show. It is made with a layer of brown sugar meringue, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled chocolate bits, then a layer of port-drizzled airy & crispy macaroons, more dark Icelandic chocolate, then topped with a final cloud of whipped cream, fresh fruit and more shaved chocolate. It was so sweet I couldn't even eat it (I'm more of a savory food fan) but my resident Icelander polished his off with great relish (no, not the pickled kind LOL!). Wash all of this down with Applesin (orange pop) & Malt - or pots of coffee. They are adept at the art of eating in that awesome little country.
9 months ago