Danish Pastry with Marzipan and Vanilla Filling – Spandauer in Danish

In the first couple months of the year, there is often snow and freezing temperatures in Denmark. Many people brighten their homes with candlelight and if they have a fireplace, they will warm themselves in front of the fire. Danes like to bake in the winter months. They treat themselves to a cup of hot […]

Honey Cake Hearts

My first Christmas in Denmark, many years ago, I was invited to spend the evening with my Danish boyfriend and his parents. The Danes celebrate Christmas Eve as the most important day of Christmas. The evening starts around 4 or 5 in the afternoon and a large dinner is served, More on that later. After […]

Advent Sunday with æbleskiver “Danish Donuts”

Sunday the 3rd  of December is the first Sunday in Advent. This means there is less than a  month, or four sundays until Christmas eve. Advent  marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Many families invite familie and friends to eat Christmas Donuts and drink Gløgg, mulled hot wine, on the first sunday Others will invite family over for a […]

Christmas Crullers “Klejner” in Danish

Today is the first day of December and Danes all over the country are lighting their Calendar candles. The candle is marked with 24 numbers and the idea is that the candle should burn a little each day. When the number reaches 24, it should be Christmas Eve the 24th of December.  Christmas Eve is […]

Advent Celebration with Sugar and Spice Cookies and Vanilla Rings

Advent starts this year the first Sunday in December                                 Avent marks the beginning of the Christmas season   On the first day of December, in many Danish homes a Christmas countdown candle is lit and is burned for a […]

Burnt Sugar Cake

It’s dark outside most of the time now in Denmark, and the Danes prefer to stay indoors baking making preparations for the Christmas season. They can also be busy visiting the many Christmas markets, buying lots of Christmas decoration, Christmas presents and making Christmas goodies. Here is a fun cake that both children and adults […]

Danish “Pretzel” Cake/Danish “Kringle”

This piece of Danish wienerbrød is made in the form of a pretzel. There is no salt, of course, and there is lots of  pearl sugar and almonds. If you have a job in Denmark, the special treat is almost always a “Danish Kringle”. Danes eat them at almost any special occasion such as birthdays, […]

Potato Cakes filled with Vanilla Cream and Whipped Cream “Kartoffelkage”

These cakes have nothing to do with potatoes. They are however, one of the most popular pastry. It takes time to make these cakes but they are worth it. A lazy Sunday afternoon on a cold October day is a great time to make these cakes.                   […]

Danish Pastry Braid with Butter Cream Filling and Cinnamon

Danes love their pastry also called wienerbrød. Outside of Denmark people call our wienerbrød a Danish. It comes in may different shapes and with all kinds of fillings. Making your own wienerbrød can be a very time-consuming project, but the end results is worth it. Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, many […]

Poppy Bread

Denmark is famous for it´s wienerbrød or as people all over the world just say “Danish”. It is only the 4th of September and it cold here in Denmark, so I decided to make some poppy bread. These are called Tebirkes in Danish . Always fun to spend some time in kitchen on a cold, […]

Summer’s Best Fruit Pie

Now that it is summer and we have all kinds of fresh and beautiful fruits in our gardens or at the supermarket, it is time to make my favorite pie. Most of the work can be done the day before, make the cream and bake the pie shell. The fruit should be cut into small […]

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ising and Raspberries

There is nothing new or Danish about a chocolate cake. I just made this cake for my birthday and was please with the results, I couldn’t resist sharing it on my blog. This cake is extra high – simple, I made a double portion. (I have a big family).Sweets, baking cakes and cooking are a big part […]

Coconut Cake with Rhubarb Compote

I picked the last of my rhubarb in my garden today and made this cake. The thinner and darker the stems are, the better the rhubarb taste is.  Although, the thin rhubarb of the Spring is the best, I know that there will be more rhubarb  in August and that is just fine with me. […]

Raspberry Squares

Children and adults alike love these raspberry squares and they are easy to make. I make them with my grandchildren. These cookies are good for guests or just when you want to relax and Hygge.                         Raspberry Squares  makes 12-16 cookies 300 gram all-purpose […]

Wienerbrød – Danish Pastry – Cinnamon Buns

Who hasn’t heard of Danish pastry. It is famous and in many parts of the world, a pastry is simply called “a Danish”. In Denmark it is called wienerbrød because the Danish bakers learned to make wienerbrød for more than 200 years ago in Austria and Switzerland.   When the basic dough is made, you can […]

Hygge The Danish word for an atmosphere and an experience

  The Danes are the happiest people in Europe according to the European Social Survey. Don’t get me wrong, Denmark is not perfect. We have our challenges and problems like any other country. Denmark, nevertheless, can be a source of inspiration for other nations to increase their quality of life. There is a lot of media […]

Layer Cake with Rhubarb and Berries

The market is beginning to fill up with all kinds of delicious berries and rhubarb. Here is an easy and beautiful cake that pleases both young and old. You don’t need a baking pan, just draw circles on a piece of parchment paper and make them as small or large as you like. The circles don’t need […]

Danish Roll with Crème and Jelly – Spandauer

Denmark is famous for it’s Danish pastry, also known in Denmark as wienerbrød. Wienerbrød  has many layers of flakey dough and can be found in many shapes with different kinds of fillings. When the dough is made, it is important that the butter and flour are blended well. Therefore it is important the dough is rolled out […]

The Best of Danish Pastry Othello Layer Cake

As I wrote last time, the Danes like to give their cakes and pastries  names. This one is named after Giuseppe Verdis opera Othello fra 1887 based on  Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello.  It’s served on special occasions and can be bought at any bakery in Denmark. You can also make it at home and although it […]

Danish Pastry – Napoleon’s Hat

The Danes have a long tradition of naming  their cakes and pastry after people or  events. They can also be named for famous operas and even after generals. These Danish Pastries are named after the French emperor, Napoleon.  The cakes have a triangular form and are  filled with marzipan. After they are baked, they are dipped is chocolate. Not […]