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Lagkage med jordbær og marcipan

I have been meaning to make a real Danish Lagkage for quite some time now, but for some reason, I kept putting it off.  Then I went to my friend Tina’s house for our monthly Danish meeting and she served the most wonderful Lagkage which really inspired me. Thanks Tina 🙂 The following morning I started researching Danish Lagkager and by late afternoon I had made my first ever real Danish Lagkage. The combination of fresh strawberries, crisp macaroons, sweet marcipan and light sponge cake made for an amazing combination of flavors and textures. It turned out to be a big success and it will definitely not be the last time that I make Danish Lagkage for dessert. 

It can seem a little complicated to get all the right ingredients together but you can buy the sponge cake, Danish macaroons and raw marcipan on the internet and making the homemade custard really is very easy. I could have baked a sponge cake myself and cut it into thirds but this particular store-bought cake it very light and thin and actually perfect, in my opinion, for making a Lagkage. If you feel inspired to make a Lagkage, I am confident that you will not regret it.

Ingredients:

3 round sponge cakes

Custard:

2 eggs

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup milk (2 1/2 dl)

1 tsp vanilla sugar

Strawberry filling:

1 pint whipping cream (1/2 liter)

1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

1 lb fresh strawberries (500 g)

Other fillings:

1/2 lb marcipan (250 g)

Confectioners sugar for rolling out marcipan

Danish macaroons – crumbled

small amount of chocolate – grated or shaved, for decoration

Directions:

To make the Custard – Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar together in a small cooking pot. Measure out milk and add cornstarch, stir to combine. Add milk to eggs in cooking pot and while stirring constantly bring to a simmer. Custard will thicken rapidly and once you notice it bubbling remove from heat. Place custard in small dish, cover with cling wrap directly onto the custard surface to avoid a skin from forming. Place in refrigerator to cool down a little.

To make Strawberry filling – Clean strawberries under running water, cut top off and cut into half, set aside. Using an electrical mixer, whisk whipping cream until it starts to thicken a little (the beaters leave a soft track in cream). Add confectioners sugar and whisk just a little more, careful not to get whipping cream too thick. Take a little under half of strawberries and break up using a fork. Add a little under half of whipping cream to smashed strawberries and stir to combine. Set aside. Set aside the remaining half of whipped cream and strawberries.

Take marcipan and divide into 2 equal portions, roll to a ball. Sprinkle confectioners sugar onto clean tabletop and roll out balls to flat disks approximately same size as your sponge cakes. Lift from tabletop and set aside.

To assemble cake:

1. Place first sponge cake onto serving dish

2. Spread out half of custard

3. Add one disk of marcipan

4. Spread out half of strawberry filling 

5. Add second sponge cake

6. Spread out remaining custard

7. Add second disk of marcipan

8. Spread out remaining strawberry filling

9. Crush a couple of crisp Danish macaroons and sprinkle over filling

10. Top with third sponge cake

11. Spread the last remaining whipped cream over top and sides of layered cake

12. Decorate with grated or shaved chocolate and remaining strawberries

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Danish Lagkage

Source: inspired by Maduniverset.dk

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Rabarber Koldskål

I know what you’re thinking, and your right. It’s time for Koldskål! The days are longer and the temperatures are rising and Koldskål is just such a perfect dish for summer evenings. This version is made with rhubarb which makes it a little more tart but you can always add more sugar if you like. I like the tang though. I also chose to used Greek yogurt which made it a little thicker, yet it turned out with a wonderful “airy” consistency which I really enjoyed. When ready to serve make sure you serve it very cold and with your favorite topping. I hope you enjoy this Danish summer dish.

Koldskål – 3 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup Greek plain non-fat yogurt

4 tablespoons sugar

Rhubarb Compote:

1 1/2 large Rhubarbs

4 tbsp sugar (50g)

1/2 vanilla bean

1/2 cup cold water (1 dl)

Topping:

Kammerjunkere – delicious cookies typically served with Koldskål

Direction:

Beat buttermilk, yogurt and sugar together. Cover and place in refrigerator.

Meanwhile, clean and cut rhubarbs into 2 inch slices and place in small cooking pot. Add sugar, seeds plus vanilla bean and water. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, uncover, turn off heat and let stand another 5 minutes. Remove vanilla bean ,place in blender and blend until smooth. Allow to cool before whipping it into the Koldskål. Place back in refrigerator until ready to serve. Add your favorite topping. Enjoy.

Rabarber Koldskål med Kammerjunkere

Adapted from: Det Søde Liv

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Crab Cake Sliders

Sliders seem to be a very popular item on todays restaurant menus. They are often served as an appetizer but can certainly go over for lunch or as a light dinner. These fashionable little mini foods can be made with a variety of ingredients like oysters, pulled pork, burgers of all kinds, as a sandwich or with meatballs and….drumroll please….as mini crab cakes. I had been craving these little guys for a while and when Joe suggested we get some seafood from our local market I knew just what it was going to be. Let me tell you, these crab cake sliders are really delicious and if you make the sauce ahead of time the flavors in the sauce intensifies very nicely.

Ingredients:

Crab Cakes:

1 lb crab meat

7 saltine crackers, crumbled

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp gray poupon mustard

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp old bay

1/2 tsp salt

oil for frying

Horseradish Tartar Sauce:

3 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp sweet relish

1/4 – 1/2 tsp horseradish (depending on your taste)

King’s Hawaiian rolls

Directions:

Start by making Tartar Horseradish Sauce by mixing together mayonnaise, relish and horseradish in a small dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat egg, set aside.Crumble saltine crackers, set aside. Using your clean hands, gently inspect crab meat for shells and place in a bowl. Add egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, old bay, salt and crackers. Gently mix all ingredients together and form into small 2 inch patties.

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Add oil to pan and heat to medium high heat. Brown patties on both sides, remove from pan and place on baking sheet lined with foil. Finish cooking in oven or toaster oven for 10 minutes. Add rolls to oven the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time to heat through.

Assemble crab cakes on rolls with dressing. Enjoy

Crab meat patties ready for cooking

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Rød Grød Med Fløde

The word Grød describes the consistency of a dish, once cooked, and can be made of rice, oat, corn, potatoes, wheat, rye,  fruit etc. Grød (aka Porridge) has been a popular food in Northern Europe and Russia since the 1900 and was commonly used as a prison food in the UK. It is known to be inexpensive, easily digestible and to provide a long sensation of fullness.

In Denmark “Rød Grød med Fløde” describes a classic summer dish made of cooked red berries served with ice-cold cream or milk. It can be made with several different types of berries or simply just with a single berry. Some of the more popular berries used include raspberries, strawberries, red currant, black berries and rhubarb (although not a berry). Rød Grød is a delicious and refreshing summer dessert which can be served either warm or cold and it is really quick and easy to make. I hope you enjoy this classic Danish dish.

Ingredients:

2 rhubarb

1 lb strawberries

6 oz raspberries

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

3 tbsp cornstarch

cold water

Cold cream or milk for serving

Directions:

Clean rhubarb under cold running water, cut into 2 inch pieces. Rinse off strawberries, cut off top and slice in half. Look over raspberries for dirt. Place rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries in a cooking pot, add water and sugar. Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Pour cooked fruit into a sieve and press fruit through the sieve using the backside of a large spoon until only seeds remain. Make sure to scrape the thick fruit pulp from the underside of the sieve, that’s the good stuff.

Stir together cornstarch and a small amount of cold water to make a slurry. Return the fruit pulp/juice to the cooking pot and bring back to a simmer. Add cornstarch slurry in small increments to the fruit while stirring, simmer. The consistency of the fruit mixture should be thick enough to cover a spoon.

Pour fruit into small serving glasses or into a serving bowl. Place in refrigerator to cool completely. When ready to serve, pour a small amount of cold cream or milk over fruit and enjoy.

 

Rød Grød Med Fløde

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Happy Blogaversary to me! 🙂 May 1st marked the One Year Anniversary for My Danish Kitchen and it’s hard to believe how fast it went by. 84 posts and 778 comments later I can honestly say that this has been an incredible ride. The biggest surprise has without a doubt been, that I did not expect to be making so many new friends, not to mention, all the very kind comments that people has left on the various posts. Thank you for your kindness.

I was looking at my Stats to see which posts got the most views. They all pleased me, but one surprised me. My Danish Agurkesalat – Cucumber Salad came in as #2, really ? It’s wonderfully refreshing, crunchy and delicious, don’t get me wrong, but it surprised me that it was a salad that was the second most viewed food on My Danish Kitchen. If I would have guessed on which food got the most views I would have guessed Koldskål since it seemed to get a lot of Buzz at the time and it is such a unique dish. Now that I see it was the Cake Balls that came in as #1, I am not surprised because they were indeed super-duper delicious and I was also so pleased to see the Danish Kiksekage being high on the list, since it is one of my favorites. Actually, they are all my favorites! In any case, here are the Top 10 posts from My Danish Kitchen from my first year of blogging.

#1 Red Velvet Cake Ball

#2 Agurkesalat – Cucumber Salad

#3 Koldskål

#4 Kiksekage – Chocolate Bisquit Cake

#5 Ris a la mande

#6 Florentine Cookies

#7 Napoleon Hats

#8 Pebernødder

#9 Risengrød

#10 Fruit Tart

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