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Making Æbleskiver pour batter, rotate 1/4 turn, backfill with more batter, rotate last 1/4 turn and finish frying until baked through.

It’s that time of year again and although it’s a little early, I just had to make some delicious danish Æbleskiver. They are wonderful served warm with a little jam and perhaps some warm red or white Gløgg (mulled wine). By the way, they can also be made ahead of time, tossed in the freezer and quickly reheated in the oven. Here’s a slightly different recipe with egg whites which makes them a little lighter. Also the technique is different than my previous Æbleskive post, in that I backfill each Æbleskive with a little more dough which helps get a rounder Æbleskive. If you want to see the previous post or want to read more about the traditions surrounding Æbleskiver click the above link. I hope you enjoy these super delicious Æbleskiver.

Æbleskiver (makes 40-45)

Ingredients:

500 g all-purpose flour (17.6 oz)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp vanilla sugar

3 tbsp sugar

4 egg yolks

8 dl buttermilk (27 fluid oz)

zest from 1 lemon

4 egg whites

Canola oil for frying

Directions:

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, vanilla sugar and sugar, set aside. Stir egg yolks and buttermilk together and beat into dry ingredients. Zest lemon into batter and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites stiff and fold into batter.

Preheat æbleskive pan to medium high. Brush pan with canola oil and pour batter. Using a knitting needle (sound odd, but works really well) or a skewer, turn æbleskiver 1/4 turn and fry a little more. Backfill each with a little more batter and turn the last 1/4 turn. Finish frying, turning æbleskiver until baked through. Serve warm with jam and/or sugar, smiles and a heavy dose of hygge. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie

Every year I tell myself, that this year I am going to make a Pumpkin Pie myself. But every year I resolve to to a store-bought pie which is pretty good and so quick and easy. But if you make the pie crust ahead-of-time and store it in the freezer then it’s really not too much trouble making the pie yourself, not to mention, how wonderful this Pumpkin pie taste. The filling has an added wonderful orange flavor which really compliments the pumpkin and it is light in texture. I was contemplating making my own pumpkin puree as well but was concerned with getting the correct water content in the puree and possibly ending up with a soggy pie crust, so I opted for the canned puree, which is just fine. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie (serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

For pie crust (makes two pie crusts)

350 grams all-purpose flour ( 12.3 oz or 2 1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

226 grams unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (8 oz or 2 sticks)

1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water (60-120 ml)

For the filling

15 oz canned pumpkin puree (425 grams)

1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoon grated orange zest

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons dark rum

Directions:

For the pie crust: Cut up butter and place in refrigerator until ready to use. Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor, process of combine. Add cold butter to flour and pulse until butter is the size of small peas. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup ice water in a steady stream through feed tube, only until dough starts to clump together when pinched. Careful not to overmix. Turn dough onto countertop and quickly work it together into a ball. Divide into two equal portions and flatten each portion into a 5 inch (12 cm) disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. At this point you can also freeze dough for up to 1 month. Defrost dough in refrigerator overnight before using.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to fit into a 9 inch (23 cm) pie dish. To prevent dough from sticking to countertop keep lifting and rotating dough. Roll dough onto rolling pin and lift dough into pie dish. Gently press dough into place, do not pull dough as this will cause shrinkage. Trim dough with a knife around the outer edge, fold excess dough inward to form an edge and crimp edge to create a scalloped look if desired. Chill dough before blind baking.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). After dough has chilled, place pie dish onto a baking sheet. Using a fork prick holes in the bottom and sides of dough. Line pie with parchment paper and fill 3/4 full with pie weights or dried beans. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove parchment paper and weights and bake for another 5 minutes.

For the Filling: Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, orange zest, eggs, cream, milk and rum,  making sure egg whites are broken up. Pour filling into pre-baked pie shell and cover pie edges with foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake for 55 – 65 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Place baked pie on a wire rack to cool. Serve at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream. Store leftovers in refrigeator. Enjoy!

Source: Pie Crust – Joy of Baking. Pumpkin Filling – Barefoot Contessa, Foolproof

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Waldorfsalat

Waldorf salad was invented around 1893 – 1896 at the Hotel Waldorf in Manhattan NY. Danes have since then taken this wonderful salad to heart. It’s enjoyed mostly during the fall and winter months and in some families it may also be found on the Christmas table. There are of course many variations of this salad. It can be made with mayonnaise or yogurt and in Denmark some may also add a little whipped cream to the dressing. It can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish to game. This recipe comes from my sister Jonna who makes a “knaldgod” or fabulous Waldorf salad. Enjoy!

Waldorf Salad

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 deciliter Creme Fraiche (212 g or 7.5 oz)

1 1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

juice from a small 1/2 lemon

3 celery stalks

400 gram grapes (14 oz)

100 gram walnuts (5.3 oz)

2 apples (I use Honeycrisp apples)

Directions:

Combine Creme Fraiche, sugar, salt and lemon juice, set aside. Clean and cut celery into small pieces. Cut grapes into halves. Chop walnuts into small pieces. Leaving the peel on the apples, dice them into bite size pieces. Add celery, grapes, walnuts and apples to Creme Fraiche. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve on a bed of Boston lettuce or decorate with celery leaves, top with walnuts. Enjoy!

Source: slightly adapted from my sister Jonna Pedersen

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Blueberry-Pumpkin Muffins

Here in Virginia we get some of the most beautiful days from mid September to late October. The temperature have changed from hot to perfect, and it’s time for Fall colors, pumpkins and Halloween. And so we must have  a pumpkin recipe! I came across this recipe and at first I didn’t think blueberries and pumpkin would compliment each other, but they do, and the oat topping brings an extra layer of delish to these tender muffins. So if you like, give them a try and enjoy your Fall 🎃🍁

Blueberry-Pumpkin Muffins (makes 15 muffins)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (340 g)

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup buttermilk (155 ml)

1/2 cup canned pumpkin (130 g)

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (112 g)

1/2 cup sugar (105 g)

1/4 cup packed brown sugar (40 g)

2 eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup fresh blueberries (90 g)

For topping:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter (40 g)

1/4 cup packed brown sugar (40 g)

2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats (15 g)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

3-4 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Line muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda, set aside.

In a small bowl combine buttermilk, pumpkin and vanilla, set aside.

In a large bowl beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at the time, beating after each. On low speed add alternatively flour mixture and buttermilk mixture in small increments. Beat just until combined, batter with be somewhat stiff. Fold in blueberries.

Drop spoonfuls of batter into muffin liners filling each 2/3 full.

For topping: melt butter in microwave and add to brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt. Stir well. Add flour and stir to thicken. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in muffin baking tin on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before taking muffins out of baking tin. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy

Source: slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Kringle with Marzipan Remonce

Danish Kringle is so delicious and it’s also surprisingly quick and easy to make. I recently made this one with a Marzipan remonce which was a big hit. Kringle also freezes really well so it’s one of those desserts you can easily make ahead and just pull out of the freezer, thaw, bake and serve. Enjoy!

Kringle (makes 2 Kringler, serves 12-16)

Ingredients:

For the dough:

1 deciliter water (3.4 fluid oz or 100 ml)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 25 grams cake/fresh yeast)

2 tablespoons sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

a pinch of salt

150 grams salted butter, cut into small cubes, room temperature

325 grams all-purpose flour

For the Remonce filling:

100 grams butter, room temperature

100 grams sugar

100 grams marzipan, room temperature and broken into small pieces

Other optional fillings: 

50 grams golden raisins

25 grams blanched almonds, chopped

Garnish:

1 egg, for egg wash

Pearl sugar (or regular sugar)

slivered almonds

Directions:

To make dough: Using hot water, confirm that the water is between 100 to 110 degrees F (no more than 110 degrees). Pour warm water into a large bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and sprinkle yeast over water, let sit for 10 minutes. Add remaining sugar, eggs, a pinch of salt, butter and flour. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until dough comes together. Dough may feel a little tacky and there may still be small pieces of butter, that is OK. Transfer dough to a clean bowl, cover with a clean, dry tea-towel, place bowl in a warm location and let rise for 1 hour.

To make Remonce filling: Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add marzipan and continue to beat until completely smooth.

Rolling out dough: For easy clean-up, place two long pieces of plastic wrap (cling wrap) onto your work surface. Sprinkle plastic wrap with flour and give the dough a quick soft kneading, sprinkle with a little more flour until dough is soft and elastic, and no longer sticky. Divide dough into two equal portions and form each piece of dough into a log. Working with one log at the time, roll out the log (on top of the plastic wrap) to approximately 30 x 15 centimeter rectangle (11.5 x 6 inches). Spread 1/2 the Remonce filling down the middle of each dough rectangle and sprinkle with raisins and almonds (optional). Fold the ends over about 2 cm (almost 1 inch) then fold the outer 1/3 of dough over the middle and then the other outer 1/3 of dough over the middle again. Holding onto the plastic wrap, roll dough rectangle over so it’s now placed upside-down (seam side down). Carefully place dough rectangle onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat process with second piece of dough. If planning on baking both Kringler at this time, allow both dough rectangles to rise for another 15 minutes on the baking sheet before baking.

Freezing: If you are planning on freezing the unbaked Kringle, wrap it up in parchment paper and then foil (or a large zip lock bag if you have one). When ready to bake, thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours, then place on parchment paper at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

Baking: Preheat oven to 220 degrees C (425 degrees F). Lightly beat egg with a fork and brush dough with egg wash. Sprinkle with Pearl sugar and almonds. Bake for 12-14 minutes on middle rack in preheated oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Anne Magrethe i Hirtshals

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

While I have been reading up on Buttermilk biscuits I discovered there are many different ways to make biscuits. Should you use butter versus shortening, all-purpose flour vs White Lily flour, different opinions on how to handle the dough, cutting vs dropping the dough and if you choose to cut the dough, how to cut. Not to mention the wide range in baking temperatures. Who knew biscuits were so controversial. In any case, I do know that it is important not to over-mix and to handle the dough as little as possible. Also using cold butter clumps makes sense to me since that is the way you get the wonderful flakiness in Wienerbrød. In this particular method I used here, I cut the dough ball in half and placed one half on top of the other, reshaped into ball and repeated this process 3 times. Did it make a big difference? I’m not really sure, but it didn’t hurt the dough. And so in conclusion, I love these Buttermilk biscuits. They are soft and buttery and flaky with a slight  crunch to the bottom, which I like. There is nothing better than homemade, right-out-of-the-oven flaky Buttermilk biscuits!

Buttermilk Biscuits (makes 9-12 biscuits)

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold or frozen, grated (84 g)

2 cups all-purpose flour (265 g)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk, cold (236 milliliter)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C), line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Use a box grater to grate cold butter, place grated butter in freezer while you prepare dry ingredients.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Place grated butter into flour. Using a pastry blender cut butter into pea size pieces. Add cold buttermilk, using a wooden spoon stir mixture just until dough comes together, do not overmix. Place dough onto a floured surface, gently pat dough into a ball. Cut dough ball into half, place one half on top of the other and gently press into a ball again. Repeat cutting the dough ball and placing one half on top of the other, shaping into a ball 3 more times.

Gently shape dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Cut dough into 9 or 12 squares, place dough onto prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart. Place baking sheet in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet directly from the refrigerator to the preheated oven, bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve while warm. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Biscuit

Source: slightly adapted from Girl versus Dough

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Chicken and Sausage Orzo

The star of this delicious dish is Orzo which is a small rice-shaped pasta. I would like to point out that Orzo comes in slightly different sizes (from small to smaller) and so they can vary a little in cooking time. Make sure you taste the pasta for doneness and you can always add a small splash of extra chicken stock if the Orzo needs to cook a couple of minutes longer. At first glance this recipe seems labor intensive because it has both sausage and chicken in it, but really it’s not. Making the dish is simply a matter of tossing everything into one cooking pot, so clean-up is a breeze, and I just love the flavor combination that’s going on here within this dish.

Chicken and Sausage Orzo (6 servings)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 spicy italian sausages, casings removed (9.5 oz or 270 g)

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces (1.2 lbs or 540 g)

3 cups chicken stock, plus more if needed (709 ml)

1/2 cup tomato sauce (118 ml)

1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo (280 g)

salt to taste

1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (25 g)

a big handful parsley, chopped

Directions:

In a large cooking pot, break up sausage and cook over medium-high heat, remove sausage from cooking pot and set aside. Using the grease from the sausage, add raw chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink. Add cooked sausage back into pan. Add chicken stock and tomato sauce, lower heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Once liquid is bubbling add uncooked orzo and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until orzo is tender. Add a little more stock if liquid is cooking off too fast. Add cheese, parsley and salt to taste, stir and serve. Enjoy!

Source: slightly adapted from Food Wishes

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Bedstefars Skæg

Bedstefars Skæg

This cake is one of those old-fashioned danish cake that you may, or may not, remember from your childhood. I am not really sure I tasted this cake when I was a child, but the topic came up and it just sounded so delicious that I had to make it (anything with meringue, and I’m game). And the cake did not disappoint. The cake is soft and buttery and the combination of raspberry and soft, sweet meringue is very delicious. Enjoy!

Bedstefars Skæg (16 servings)

Ingredients:

185 g unsalted butter, room temperature (6.5 oz)

225 g sugar (8 oz)

3 egg yolks

275 g all-purpose flour (9.7 oz)

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

175 ml milk (6 fl oz)

6 oz seedless raspberry jam

3 egg whites, room temperature

185 g sugar (6.5 oz)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F). Spray a 9 x 13 inch  (23 x 33 cm) pan with baking spray and line pan with parchment paper extending over edges, set aside.

Beat butter and suger until smooth. Add egg yolks one at the time and continue to beat until homogeneous. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into butter mixture, add milk and using a spatula fold everything together until smooth, batter will be a little thick. Drop batter into prepared pan and spread out into corners. Bake for 15 minutes and let cake rest on a cooling rack while meringue is made.

Beat egg whites until frothy, slowly add sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Spread raspberry jam out over cake in a thin layer. Top the cake off with the meringue, sealing the edges and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

Source: slightly adapted from Anne Au Chocolat

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Banana and Date Muffins

I know, I know. These muffins look so dull and boring. And you’r right, they do look dull and boring. BUT they are soft, spongy, delicious and healthy. So for those of you whos New Years resolution was to eat healthier, this one is for you. Personally I can do without the chocolate chips on top, the muffins are wonderful all by themselves. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Banana and Date Muffins (makes 10-11 muffins)

Ingredients: 

1 cup pitted whole dates (150 g)

2 cup oats (170 g)

3 rips bananas

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

a pinch of salt

a big pinch of cinnamon

optional, chocolate chips for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Grease a muffin tin and set aside.

Remove the pits from dates and place in a heat-proof bowl. Bring a small amount of water to a boil and pour water over dates, let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Drain water from dates. Place dates, oats, bananas, eggs, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a food processor or a blender and process until smooth. This could take a couple of minutes depending on the softness of the dates. Pour batter into prepared muffin tin, sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Pinch Of Yum

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Marmorkage

Marmorkage

If you follow my blog it should be pretty obvious to you that I love Marmorkage (Marble Cake) since I have already written about this cake twice before (here and here). So why another Marmorkage on the blog? Well this time the presentation of the cake is a little more festive since I am using a bundt pan and the recipe has yogurt and cream in it which gives the cake a little extra moisture. I also increased the cocoa amount slightly from two to three tablespoons and quite frankly I think I’ll bump it up even more next time around…because I can…and because I love chocolate.

Marmorkage – Marble Cake

Ingredients:

200 g salted butter (7 oz), room temperature

250 g sugar (8.8 oz)

4 eggs

250 g all-purpose flour (8.8)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla sugar or beans from 1 vanilla pod

200 g plain greek yogurt (7 oz)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 tablespoons whipping cream

Directions:

Spray bundt pan with baking spray, toss a little flour around to coat the pan and then bang out excess flour, set pan aside. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Beat butter and sugar on high speed until soft and creamy, 5-10 minutes. Add eggs one at the time, beating well after each egg. Sift flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together. Alternate adding flour and yogurt mixing on low speed, blend only until incorporated.

Place 1/2 of batter into a second bowl. Sift cocoa powder into this 1/2 of the batter and fold the cocoa into the batter until homogeneous. You now have a bowl with white batter and one with cocoa batter. Drop spoonfuls of alternating white and brown batter into your prepared bundt pan, smooth top out before baking. Bake cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan and then invert out onto serving plate. Enjoy!

Marmorkage

Marmorkage

Source adapted from: Spisestuen.dk

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