Þóra is a half-troll girl that lives in the Woodpile…she and the Jul Lad have invited the Quimper Hittys to celebrate the Icelandic midwinter feast, Þorrablót. The plan is for Þóra to serve some treats while the Jul Lad declaims Icelandic Sagas…
Some of the Hittys put on their Icelandic Sweaters and get ready to party! They become slightly less enthusiastic when they hear about a typical Þorrablót menu which includes rotten shark’s meat (hákarl), boiled sheep’s head, (svið) and congealed sheep’s blood wrapped in a ram’s stomach (blóðmör)…but curiosity overrides skepticism.
Þóra and the Jul Lad are sensitive to cultural squeamishness, and are only offering axe-shaped cookies and poetry. The first day of the month of Þorri, is Bóndadagur, when the women of the family are supposed to be extra nice to the guys, and the guys prove their fitness by running around the outside of the house, in the snow, wearing nothing, and carrying an axe.
Þóra’s Þorrablót Cookies:
1 cup unsalted butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar creamed together…Add two eggs and mix well.
In another bowl, sift 4 1/2 cups of plain flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cardamom , pinch of salt.
Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture alternately with 1 cup of sour cream.
Dough will be sticky! put it in the fridge to chill overnight.
Roll and cut the next day, bake at 375 F for 9 to 12 minutes depending on the thickness of the cooky…cool on racks….devour!