Baking Challenge – European Style: Icelandic Hjónabandssaela

Happy marriage or wedded bliss – that’s what the name of this cake means. Which sounds wonderful.

Making the cake was pretty simple too. Searching the internet I came across several recipes. Each one a bit different from the other. In my previous blog post I announced it to be a rolled oats pie with plum marmelade filling, but it looks like this cake can come with many different fillings – plum, blueberry, rhubarb… Since I had some homemade rhubarb jam on hand, I decided to go along with the rhubarb.

Here’s the recipe I finally went with:

200 gr rolled oats
100 gr whole wheat flour
100 gr regular flour
100 gr raw cane sugar
100 gr soft butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
homemade rhubarb jam

Preheat oven to 390° fahrenheit (200° celsius).

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Mix together all dry ingredients.
Add butter and knead with your hands.

Featured imageAdd vanilla and egg and knead well. You’ll have a crumbly kind of dough.

Featured image Take a baking dish/pan and rub it with some soft butter and spread a tbsp of flour around or whatever else you do to avoid that the cake sticks to the pan.

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Take 2/3 of the dough and firmly press it to the bottom of the pan.
Spread a good layer of jam evenly all over the bottom.
Crumble the rest of the dough over the jam just like streusels.
Bake for about 20 minutes.

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Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

There are some alternatives to this recipe. First off, you could just use any kind of sugar or sweetener. A lot of recipes use the double amount of butter leaving out the egg. You can also substitute the rolled oats for oat flour – and so on… A great recipe can be found on The Icelandic Amateur Chef – along with a lot of other great Icelandic recipes.

Overall, I enjoyed the cake although I’d say that it tastes more like a oat bar. But it’s a tasty and more healthy alternative to most cakes out there. In addition it keeps well and tastes even better a day or two later.


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