Thursday, October 13, 2011

Icelandic Skyr cake

Skyr (pronounced skeer) is a remarkable dairy product unique to Iceland. It is a cultured dairy product, similar to strained yogurt. Skyr was originally discovered by accident. The story goes like this: a group of farmers in the early settlement days poured skim milk over barrels of meat to attempt to preserve the meat throughout a long and harsh winter. During this same winter, the farmers became hungry and ate the fermented by-product which formed on the sides of the barrels. This was the first known culture of Skyr. The method of making Skyr has changed but the quality remains the same...

Skyr is used in a variety of recipes... Here is a good one...


18 oz. plain skyr (I used Siggi's - Icelandic style Skyr - You can find it at Whole Foods)
3 oz. sugar
200 ml / 7 oz. cream
1 envelop of gelatin
1 vanilla pod
50 ml / 2 oz. cream
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons of cinnamon
7 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Reserve the seeds (save the pod for something else, I'll show what to do with it on a later post).
  2. Lightly whip the large portion of cream.
  3. Mix together the skyr, sugar and vanilla seeds.
  4. Heat the small portion of cream, and cool slightly. Dissolve the gelatin in the heated cream. 
  5. Mix carefully into the skyr mixture and then fold in the whipped cream. Set aside.
  6. In a medium size bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the cinnamon and butter. Mix well and place in the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform cake pan. Make sure to press against the sides and bottom of the pan.
  7. Place into a 350 degrees oven and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool
  8. Pour the mouse on the graham cracker crust and refrigerate. Serve with fresh fruit or fruit sauce.
We had this delicious dessert in a little restaurant in Reykjavik, whose specialty was Icelandic food. We did not eat out a lot while in Iceland. Restaurants can be very pricey. But we could not go to Iceland and not indulge at least a little bit in the local fair, right? Icelandic food is simple, portions are small and although some things may not seem appealing some are really delicious... We ate Skyr everyday so it was only logical that we tried a cheesecake-like cake. This dessert will not disappoint. I hope you give it a try...

It's good enough to share...


  1. Hi Elena - I just came back from Iceland a few weeks ago and fell in love with Skyr cake as well! I've been googling for Skyr Cake recipes and yours has been one of the few and best out there online that I could find! Thank you! I experimented with your recipe and made a vanilla bean skyr cake with a ginger snap graham cracker crust - delicious! I modified your recipe and mentioned you in my post here -

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad you made this delicious cake... I love it so much. I can't wait to try your version... It sounds delicious.


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