Buckwheat Pancakes

1 cup buckwheat flour

2 tablespoons potato flour or ground yellow maize flour

2 tablespoons coconut flour

2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1½ cups coconut milk

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

1–2 teaspoons grapeseed oil

To make the pancakes, combine the buckwheat flour, potato flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Add the coconut milk, coconut oil and ½ cup water and whisk well. The amount of water you need depends on how thick you prefer your batter; add a bit more for thinner batter.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush the pan with some of the grapeseed oil.

Pour ¼ cup of the batter into the pan and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn and cook the other side for 2 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Cook the remaining batter in the same way, adding more grapeseed oil to the pan as needed. You should have enough batter to make eight pancakes.

Bircher Muesli

2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats or rolled rye flakes

Scant 1 cup milk or soy milk, warmed

½ cup plain skyr

2 tablespoons raisins

2 apples, cored and diced or thinly sliced

½ apple, cored and shredded

2 handfuls of fresh berries

2 tablespoons chopped almonds

2 tablespoons chopped skinned toasted hazelnuts

2 tablespoons honey

Put the oats in a bowl or jar and pour in the warm milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, add the skyr and mix to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add more skyr. Mix in the raisins, diced apples, and berries, then serve topped with the almonds, hazelnuts, honey, and shredded apple.

Skyr

  • 1 gallon non-fat milk, pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized)but not homogenized
  • 1 (5 1/2-ounce) container Siggi’s plain or vanilla skyr*
  • 7 drops liquid animal rennet, or 4 drops liquid vegetable rennet
  • 1/4 cup warm, non-chlorinated water
  • A reliable digital thermometer
  • A fine-mesh nylon vegetable bag or cheesecloth for draining the curds

* Available at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Haggen’s and specialty food stores. Skyr was introduced to America in 2005 by enterprising Icelandic expatriate Siggi Hlmarsson under the brand name of “Siggi’s Icelandic Style Skyr.”

Skyr—pronounced “skeer”—is a traditional Icelandic “yogurt” that has been made since the 9th century Viking era. It is technically classified as a cheese because it contains rennet, a substance used in curdling milk when making cheese, but is considered a yogurt because of its structure and texture.

Bring the milk to the scalding point.  Pour the milk in a heavy-bottomed pot and bring the milk to a slow and steady simmer over a medium-high burner, heating it until it reaches the scalding point, which is between 185 and 190 F; this should take about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent scalding.

If toward the very end of the heating process you notice that the milk at the bottom of the pot has begun to scald (seems like it is starting to stick), reduce the heat to medium-low, and stop stirring. A small bit of scalding is okay, but you don’t want to release the scalded bits into the mixture.

Turn the burner off immediately when the milk reaches the scalding point. Remove the pot from the burner and allow it to cool to 110 F.

Scoop out the container of skyr into a bowl. Once the milk has cooled down, combine 1 cup of the cooled milk with the skyr, then return the mixture to the pot, stirring to incorporate.

Next, whisk the liquid rennet into the warm water, then stir this mixture immediately into the milk (the rennet will lose its effectiveness if prepared more than 30 minutes before using).

Cover the pot with a thick towel and place in a warm, draft-free spot, such as the oven (not turned on) or an insulated cooler, for 12 hours.

The curds should have separated from the whey overnight—what you need to create the skyr are just the curds. Spoon the curds into a fine-meshed bag or a double-layer of cheesecloth. Suspend the bag over a dripping tray in a cool room, or place the bag over a colander set over a bowl in the refrigerator, and allow the remaining whey to drain until the skyr is thick.

Your skyr will keep for three or four weeks, covered, in the refrigerator. To serve as breakfast or a snack, top with milk, fresh berries, and sugar or honey to taste.

What is Skyr?

Skyr ( pronounced “skeer”) is an Icelandic dairy product similar to yogurt, and it’s been a provision of Icelanders for nearly 1,000 years.

The Cultures

Yogurt and Skyr are both cultured dairy products, but the cultures that make them are different. Skyr impart a rich, creamy flavor, whereas yogurt cultures may provide a sour, tart taste.

The Recipe

Skyr is much thicker and more densely concentrated than yogurts. In fact, it takes nearly four cups of milk to make just one cup of Skyr.

The Nutrition

On average, Skyr contains more protein and 1/3 less sugar than regular yogurts. It’s a not-so-secret secret Icelanders have known for generations.

How Skyr is Made

The milk is heated to just the right temperature before adding Skyr Cultures, which help transform that milk into Skyr — the way Icelanders have for hundreds of years.

Next, flavor Skyr with a combination of traditional berries, enhanced with natural flavors, and those native to Iceland and its Nordic cousins, a nod to the relationship these nations have shared throughout the centuries.

Even if you don’t use Nordic berries in your Skyr it’s for good (and delicious) reasons. For instance, while you won’t find coconuts growing in Iceland, coconut flakes and flavor make a fantastic addition to Skyr!

Nordic Berries

Bilberry

Bilberries look and taste like blueberries, but they are much juicier and more intense.

Cloudberry

Cloudberries are hard to find, but their sweet, baked-apple taste is worth the search.

Lingonberry

Lingonberries are equal parts sweet and tart, making them delightfully refreshing.

Black Currant

Beloved by the Vikings, the black currant provides a tart punch to our ripe black cherry flavor.

Each cup of Skyr contains an average of 15-17 grams of protein. On average Skyr contains 11 grams of sugar per flavored cup, which is at least 4 grams or 30% less than 5.3 ounces of ordinary flavored yogurts that contain at least 16 grams of sugar.

Homemade Granola

1 cup raw whole almonds

1 cup skinned toasted hazelnuts

½ cup raw unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

⅔ cup old-fashioned rolled oats or barley flakes

⅔ cup rolled rye flakes or additional rolled oats

⅓ cup pure wildflower honey

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

⅞ cup sweetened dried cranberries or dried blueberries

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the almonds, hazelnuts, pepitas, oats, and rye flakes over the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with the sugar. Add the cranberries and chia seeds and mix well. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes more, or until the granola is lightly browned.

Let cool completely. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.

Farmers Breakfast

  • 6 medium Yellow Finn potatoes
  • 1/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 pound ham, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

Bake or boil potatoes. once cool, peel and slice.  Cook bacon, ham and onion in a large sauté pan.  Add potatoes. Brown well. Add mushrooms and tomato.  Cook five minutes. Blend egg, half & half and other ingredients. Transfer meat and potato mixture to a large baking dish. Pour egg mixture over it evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until firm and light brown. Serve.