President Of Iceland Would Totally Ban Pineapple Pizza

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By Cooking Panda

For many of us, pineapple is one of the absolute best pizza toppings. It offers a nice sweet contrast to all of the other, saltier toppings. Most people who get pineapple on their pizza pair it with ham, and call it Hawaiian pizza. Personally, I like to have it with chicken and barbecue sauce.

However, as Iceland Magazine reports, not everyone loves the sweet fruit topping on their pizzas. Iceland’s president, Gudni Th. Johannesson, seems to actually despise them. I don’t mean he doesn’t like them, I mean he would consider banning pineapple as a pizza topping if he could do so on his own. That’s some serious anger toward the pineapple!

The conversation started when President Johannesson visited a class of high school students in Akureyri in North Iceland. They were given the opportunity to ask their president all kinds of questions, ranging from his favorite team in the English premiere league, to whether he likes pineapple as a pizza topping. The answer to the first question was pleasant enough (Manchester United, if you’re interested). However, when the pineapple question arose, he apparently showed a strong opposition to the whole idea.

The president with the 97% approval rating did decide, though, that fish is an appropriate pizza topping, and that people should be trying fish on their pizzas instead. Can someone so right (97% is pretty high!) get a pizza recommendation so wrong? I’m not sure, but maybe I’ll try it just because he recommends it.

I won’t lie, though … I do question his taste a little since he doesn’t approve of a pineapple topping. What’s not to like about a nice, sweet flavor mingling with all of the savory goings-on? With the salty chicken or ham and the tomatoey sauce? It’s just over my head. Then again, Hawaii is a long way away from Iceland, so maybe Hawaiian style is just not their taste. Once I try a fish topping, I’ll decide who’s right once and for all.

Source: Iceland Magazine / Photo Credit: Cocoa Cutie/Instagram

Tags: Iceland, pineapple, Pineapple on Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Toppings
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This Guy Made Baked Bread In A Volcano (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

You probably already know that Iceland is famous for its hot springs. But, did you know that you can use the hot temperature around those springs to bake?

According to Eater, that’s exactly what Iceland local Viktor Sveinsson uses the springs for. He puts the ingredients into a metal pot and buries it within the ground at 100 degrees Celsius. After allowing it to sit and cook for about 24 hours, he pulls out the pot with a solid loaf of freshly baked homemade bread. Talk about a low maintenance recipe!

In the video below, you can see into his process more clearly. He demonstrates the procedure of burying the pot, where you can see the hot spring water bubbling up from below. He mounds the sand back over the pot into a dune with a rock on top to mark the spot, then returns after the 24 hour waiting period to dig it back up.

The brown bread comes out hot and soft, as if it were baked in a conventional oven. Sveinsson says the ingredients that go into the bread are as follows: four cups of rye flour, two cups of wheat flour, two cups of sugar, four teaspoons of baking powder, one liter of milk and a pinch of salt. Pretty standard bread-baking recipe, wouldn’t you say?

Judging by the video, it seems the only real difference you’d notice is the lack of a crispy bread crust. But, maybe in this case it really isn’t necessary.

The final loaf looks huge enough to feed a family. The soft texture almost looks more like cake than bread, and who would complain about that? Sveinsson serves it up with a large portion of butter that appears to melt pretty quickly, proving the springs are plenty hot enough for this “natural oven” job.

You’ll notice the lady in the video, Grasso, gets to sample the bread and determine its taste. She describes it as “surprisingly sweet,” (probably has to do with that generous 2 cups of sugar) and “delicious.” Especially for rye bread.

Take a peek at the video below and see how it’s done.

Source: Eater / Photo credit: Eater/Video Snippit

Tags: baking, bread, Hot Springs, Iceland, Volcano
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