As a vegetarian on a limited budget, I have found an authentically Icelandic solution to surviving cheaply. Skyr is an old fashion Icelandic dairy product made of yeast and milk protein. Sold at every supermarket and road stop, it is a wonderful combination of cheap and rich in protein. Skyr can be eaten with cereal, used in ice cream, and baked into breads. It's versatility can be used as an inexpensive way to increase protein intake while in Iceland.
Skyr is an authenticall Icelandic soured dairy product. Thicker than yoghurt, it was once prepared in other Scandinavian countries, but is presently unique to Icelandic cuisine. Traditionally, skyr is made by heating skimmed milk and skyr bacteria and cooled to coagulate. It is then strained through fabric. There are added flavors until recently, the Icelandic manufacturers added sugar, vanilla, berry and other flavorings common to yogurt to increase its appeal.
Adding a thick, high protein substance like Skyr can create lovely baked goods. I use them for cake, pancakes, waffles, and muffins. Almost all of the ingredients can be purchased at Bonus, an Icelandic discount supermarket. They're everywhere in Iceland. I have three near my apartment in Reykjavik.
As a side note, I use organic health products such as spelt and agave to replace flour and sugar. These can be purchased in Bonus under the 'Solla' organic section; They're in an orange packaging.
Bonus Skyr Muffins ingredients (dough):
- 2 cups Spelt
- 1/2 cup Agave
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/2 cup crushed pecans
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups plain Kia Skyr (Blue container)
- 4 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter (Green rapping)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl: spent, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, crushed walnuts, and curshed pecans.
2. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Add skyr, butter, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix together until uniform consistancy.
3. Proceed to mix in the dry ingredients into the skyr mixture to create the batter. Once mixed together spoon the mixture into muffin tray. Each cup should be filled halfway.