Inspirational author, Mary Hamilton shares her grandmother’s recipe for Norwegian Pastry. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for winner’s choice of ebook or print copy of her Cozy Mystery, Pendant. Deadline: Dec 30th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Mary:
In Minnesota in 1919, it was politically incorrect for a Norwegian to marry a Swede. But my grandmother ignored society’s rules, and the marriage stood strong until her death nearly seventy years later.
Grandma Asp was known for her rosettes, a delicate Norwegian pastry tipped with sugar granules. She always kept some in a tin for when visitors arrived, and Christmas just wasn’t Christmas without her rosettes. When her health declined and she could no longer make them, Grandpa took over the job. He became so good at it, he was invited to demonstrate his skill on Minneapolis television.
I’m still practicing my rosette-making skills and haven’t figured out how to make them as light as Grandma and Grandpa did. But it still isn’t Christmas without some rosettes.
Gramma Asp’s Norwegian Rosettes
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. butter, melted
Bowl of granulated sugar
1 rosette iron
Mix ingredients slightly. Strain to remove lumps.
Using a deep fat fryer or a pan on the stove, heat Crisco to 370º. To test when ready, dunk rosette iron in hot grease. Remove and allow to drain a moment or two. Dip into batter. If batter falls away without adhering, wait and try again. When batter sizzles and stays on iron, it’s ready. Immerse into grease until lightly browned.
Remove with fork.
Dip tops in granulated sugar.
About Mary: M L Hamilton recently released her first cozy mystery, and plans to write many more. Previously, she wrote a series of contemporary middle grade/YA stories under her full name, Mary L Hamilton. She prefers almost anything over cooking, but makes an exception with her grandparents’ rosettes. She also enjoys knitting and photography. She and her husband live in Texas. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Pendant:
A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing.
Haunted by a teacher’s worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles across a vital clue—and discovers someone is desperate to keep the truth buried. When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out whether her friend is keeping her from danger…or keeping her from the truth.
Question for Readers: What’s your favorite holiday sweet treat?
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