Ástarpungar, otherwise referred to as Icelandic Love Balls, are a delicious, donut-like delicacy served across the country. If you’re interested in tasting Ástarpungar yourself, follow our traditional recipe below.

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Alright, so Valentine’s was yesterday, but we here at Guide to Iceland NOW are still feeling loved up, hence this week’s choice for an Icelandic recipe.

We’re not just talking love here… we’re talking love balls.

Often served with a piping hot coffee, these deep-fat fried orbs of sweet bread are often compared to certain parts of the male genitalia due to their round, spherical shape. They are, however, acceptable to whip out around family members and are so much tastier.

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Below are the necessary ingredients for creating Ástarpungar:

500 gr flour
30 gr butter
150 gr sugar
3 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 ½ dl milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cardamom extract
1 tsp lemon extract
70 gr raisins

First off, begin by mixing eggs and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Follow this by adding in flour, baking powder and soda before adding the milk, extracts and raisins.

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Next, you heat up canola oil in a pot; while this is warming, form small balls from the dough using two teaspoons for crafting, then deep fry in the boiling until they are nice and brown.


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Be careful not to take them out too early, otherwise, the middle will be raw. Serve them up with coffee, hot chocolate or ice cold milk, and be sure to share them with somebody you love.

Did you enjoy our recipe for Icelandic Love Balls? Which other Icelandic delicacies would you like us to rustle up a recipe for? Make sure to leave your thoughts and queries in the comments box below.