March 26, 2018

These Nordic Treat Recipes Are Perfect For Easter Brunch

As much a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds, Bakeland brings the beauty of nature to your dessert plate. Inspired by the changing seasons, the cookbook celebrates the flavors and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter. Marit Hovland, the Norwegian baker and photographer behind the popular Instagram account Borrow My Eyes, shares her secrets for creating eye-catching desserts with decorations you likely already have in your pantry.

We’re sharing three spring-inspired recipes from the cookbook, along with decorating instructions below!

Sesame-Ginger Buns With Lemon Icing

  1. Pipe out dots of green icing on parchment paper. Make some dots big, others small. These will be the centers of the flowers.
  2. Sprinkle the dots with superfine granulated sugar while they’re still wet. The sugar will stick and provide texture.
  3. When the dots have dried, put them in a strainer and shake to remove excess sugar.
  4. Print this star pattern template and use it to help you draw stars onto a piece of paper. This will help you make all the petals the same size and position them correctly.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment paper over your drawings. You can tape it to the table so it doesn’t shift.
  6. Place a green icing dot in the middle of each pattern.
  7. Pipe out yellow icing dots all around. You can place the opening of the piping bag on the thick line and pipe until the dot meets up with the thin lines on either side. Then you’ll know the petal is big enough and that there’s room for 5 petals of the same size.
  8. Wait for a few minutes before you pipe out the petals next to each other. Then continue until all are done.
  9. Leave the flowers to rest overnight. The drying time depends on the moisture in the icing and the temperature in the room. When the flowers have dried, remove them from the parchment paper. They can be kept for several months in an airtight container.

Cardamom Macarons With Blueberries And Cream Cheese

  1. Print this blue anemone pattern template.
  2. Cut out the flowers.
  3. Halve a potato. With a sewing pin, fasten a paper flower to each half.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut away the potato around the flower.
  5. Remove the paper and pins.
  6. Mix a few drops of food coloring with some water. Paint the color onto the potato flower with a brush.
  7. Gently press the potato against the macaron shell. Make as many flowers as you like on each shell. If you press the potato several times without adding more color, you’ll get varying shades of blue in the flowers.
  8. Dip a brush in a little icing sugar and tap it gently in the middle of each flower to make pistils.


Apricot Coconut Chocolate Cake

  1. For each flower, you’ll need 6 rice puffs. Try to find puffs of the same size.
  2. On a sheet of parchment paper, pipe out a spot of the white icing. Place 2 rice puffs opposite each other with one end in the icing. If you study the puffs carefully, you will see a notch on one side. Make sure the notch of each rice puff is pointing toward the middle — then they will fit together like puzzle pieces. Put the final 4 rice puffs in place.
  3. Pipe a small dot of green icing in the middle.
  4. If you want to make pistils, you can place some gold sugar pearls around the green dot.
  5. Let the flowers dry for at least 15 minutes. The longer they dry, the more handling they can withstand. Store the flowers in an airtight container. They can be kept for several months.

Author: Adena Leigh

Excerpted from Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature by Marit Hovland, published April 2018 by Greystone Books. Reproduced and adapted with permission from the publisher.