Buckle up for a delicious Norwegian treat worthy of two strong, confident women! Made of stiffened egg whites on a cookie dipped in chocolate with coconut on top, Bette Buns are just as delicious as they sound.
MORMOR had three great loves in her life: her husband, the old king, and Bette Davis. (OK, four, if you count me.)
She only really watched television if a Bette Davis movie was on. It was so cozy snuggling up with her on the couch watching Bette and eating treats. When I asked Mormor why she loved Bette so much, she would say, "because she is a kick-ass woman who doesn't care what people think of her." (Actually, she used even stronger words than that.) Her love for Bette rubbed off on me, and I have been a fan ever since.
On our Bette Davis-watching nights, Mormor would make one of my favorite Norwegian treats, kokosboller, or coconut buns—though in our house they came to be known as Bette Buns. We would watch a movie, eat Bette Buns, and she would sip her beloved sherry. Made of stiffened egg whites on a cookie dipped in chocolate with coconut on top, Bette Buns are just as delicious as they sound.
So once in a while when I know a really good Bette Davis movie is coming on, I will make a batch of buns, pour myself a glass of sherry, and buckle up for a bumpy night.
4 large egg whites
10 ounces sugar
2 sachets gelatin powder
1/4 cup boiling water
16 cookies, vanilla wafers are great
7 ounces good quality chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon coconut fat or oil
1 cup shredded coconut
- Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
- Add the sugar a little at a time, and beat until you have a smooth and thick cream.
- Mix the gelatin into the boiling water and, while whisking, pour into the egg whites until the mixture thickens.
- Add the egg white mixture to a piping bag, and pipe small mounds on top of the cookies, creating a bun shape.
- Leave until the egg whites start to set, about 1 hour.
- In a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and coconut fat.
- Dip the buns in chocolate, and top with coconut. Let the chocolate set and serve.
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