Love Balls (Aka Astarpungar in Iceland)

READY IN: 27mins


  • 5
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1 34
    cups flour
  • 3
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon cardamom (freshly ground or may sub 2 tsp grated lemon zest)
  • 6 12
    ounces milk (See prep step #2)
  • 5
    tablespoons raisins (chopped if at all lrg)
  • vegetable oil (for frying)


  • Whisk eggs & sugar in a bowl.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, cardamom & salt. Stir this mixture into the egg mixture, alternating w/the milk. (NOTE: You may not need all the milk. The batter should be thick & almost able to hold its shape.).
  • Fold in the raisins. Heat oil to 365°F.
  • Shape balls using 2 tablespoons & fry 5-6 at a time for 3-4 min or till med-brown & puffy, turning several times to cook evenly.
  • Remove w/slotted spoon, drain on absorbent paper & repeat process to use all batter.
  • NOTE #1 Re Yield & Times: I have not made this recipe & admit I have no plans to do so in the immediate future since my child-bearing yrs are ancient history. My prob entering this recipe was that there was not a hint of yield or times. That said, they were entirely guesstimated.
  • NOTE #2: I was a bit surprised there was no mention of plumping the raisins. I would favor doing that, but it's your choice.