Kailana from The Written World and Marg from Adventures of an Intrepid Reader are very pleased to be hosting the Virtual Advent Tour for the 7th year, inviting book bloggers to participate by sharing a tradition or treat with their readers.
Here's a long Christmas tradition in our family: Fattigmands.
That's right. Fattigmands.
What, you might ask, are fattigmands?
Fattigmands (pronounced FAH-tee-mans) are Norwegian Christmas cookies. They are made by combining flour and cream and egg yolk with whiskey. Fattigmands are rolled out paper thin, cut into diamonds, rolled into a little curl, and flipped into oil and fried very quickly. Then they are rolled in confectioner's sugar. Yum!
For many years, my husband and his two cousins hosted an annual Fattigmand Festival at our homes. (Thank goodness, this was long before Facebook and Instagram or you would be able to zip right over to see some pretty silly photos of my husband and his relatives at the many festivals we held!) We thought we were quite clever, Photoshopping (before there was a Photoshop) faces of our friends and relatives on top of celebrity photos and sharing these in a slide show (back when we used real slides) each year at the festival. We held talent contests, one of which my husband served as lead singer for a girl group. And we had fattigmands. Quite the event in my little town.
So, now that you are suitably intrigued, here's Grandma Rooth's recipe for fattigmands:
Well, four ingredients and
one secret ingredient Grandma Rooth never wrote down.
Mix everything together.
Roll out the dough very thin.
Use the special fattigmand maker cutting tool.
The tool makes rows of diamond shaped fattigmands.
Pull one end of the diamond through the cut in the center.
Fry quickly in hot oil.
And...Voilà! Uff da! Fattigmands!
What Christmas traditions do you celebrate?
I hope you will stop by the others on the tour today: