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Lagkage – Danish Layered Cake

There are no real rules on how to make a Lagkage (layered cake) but typically it starts with 3 to 6 cake layers. I used 4 cake layers and the recipe I link to here makes one cake which is sliced into two cake layers. I also have another recipe here which makes one cake that is sliced into 3 cake layers, but the methode is a little more involved. These cake layers incidentally freezes really well which makes for easy Lagkage making. Filling can be anything your heart desires and I chose a combination of Kagecreme, jam, whipped cream with fresh raspberries and crushed meringue cookies. The Kagecreme I used is a powder mixed with milk which is whipped into a cream, so basically it’s like a pudding. I have not tried using a vanilla pudding mix but I would think you could use it as long as it’s not too thin. Or you could choose to make a super delicious custard but it does take a little extra time. The meringue cookies was store bought but you can also bake them yourself as long as they are completely dried out and not sticky in the middle.

Hindbærlagkage

Layered Cake With Raspberries (10-12 servings)

Ingredients:

4 round cakes

1 package vanilla flavored KageCreme (or homemade custard)

raspberry jam, seedless

1 pint heavy whipping cream (473 ml)

1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

2-3 big handfull broken-up meringue cookies (or Danish macaroons)

12 oz fresh raspberries, crushed (340 g)

Directions:

Prepare KageCreme according to package directions or make your custard and set aside.

Stir up raspberry jam to loosen it.

Beat heavy whipping cream with confectioners sugar until it starts to thicken. Set aside a few raspberries for decorating, then crush the remaining raspberries using a fork. Add crushed raspberries to whipped cream. Crush meringue cookies into small pieces and add to whipped cream. Fold crushed raspberries and meringue cookies into whipped cream.

Select your serving platter. Cut 4 pieces of waxed paper (or parchment paper)and arrange on serving platter so all edges of the platter is covered with waxed paper. Place first cake on top of waxed paper. Spread with a thin layer of raspberry jam. Spread a generous layer of KageCreme (or custard). Place the second cake on top. Spread a layer of whipped cream. Place third cake on top. Spread a thin layer of raspberry jam. Spread a generous layer of KageCreme (or custard). Place fourth cake on top. Spread the remaining whipped cream on top and around the sides of cake. Decorate with the reserved fresh raspberries. Finally pull out the waxed paper from beneath the cake leaving a clean edge on the serving platter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Berry Chip Ice Cream

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman. I was thrilled when I found out she was doing a book signing at our local book store here in Virginia Beach. Our normally sleepy Books-A-Million was filled with people and the lines were as long, as if you were waiting to get on the roller-coaster on a warm summers day, but it was well worth the wait. Ree was as sweet and personal as she appears on her blog. She did not rush people and made small talk with everyone. It was a real pleasure.

Pioneer Woman and My Danish Kitchen

Now, I have been plowing through Ree’s new book Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier and it is loaded with tons of delicious food made in traditional Pioneer Woman style. What caught my eye in her new book was her Blackberry Chip Ice Cream which seems very fitting since we have already had some warm days here in VB. I decided to add some raspberries to the blackberries and I also gave the ice cream time to rest and cool down before tossing it into the ice cream maker. The ice cream turned out creamy, silky and delicious with a gorgeous purple/pink color and it was consumed very quickly by a person who shall remain nameless 😉

Ingredients:

For the Berries:

12 oz blackberries

4 oz raspberries

1/2 lemon, juice

1/4 cup sugar

For the Custard:

1 1/2 cup half and half

1 cup sugar

5 egg yolks

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, lightly chopped

Directions:

Place blackberries and raspberries in a saucepan, add lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar. Simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes until berries are soft and syrupy. Place hot berries in a strainer and with the back of a spoon press juices completely out until only the pulp and seeds remain. Set juice aside, discard pulp and seeds.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the half and half and 1 cup sugar. Meanwhile in a small bowl beat the egg yolks until thick and pale yellow in color. Temper the egg yolks, by pouring a very thin steam of the warm half and half into the eggs while continuing to beat. Then pour the tempered egg yolks into the saucepan with the remaining half and half. Cook while stirring constantly until  custard has thickened, remove from heat.

Mix the heavy cream into the berry sauce. Then add the custard to the berries and stir to combine. Place mixture in refrigerator to  cool down completely. After mixture has cooled down, freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. At the end of the freezing process, add the chopped chocolate chips. Store ice cream in a freezer safe container. Enjoy!

Berry Chip Ice Cream

Source: adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier

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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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Fresh Fruit Tart With Vanilla Pastry Creme

Fresh Fruit Tart With Vanilla Pastry Creme

When I first saw this Fruit Tart I just knew I had to make it and the perfect event was coming up. I get together with a group of Danish ladies once a month and it was my turn to host the party. So I decided on having an afternoon tea party. This in one of the desserts that I made that day and it was a huge success, everyone loved it. The pastry cream with the fresh fruit is simply delicious.

Making Fresh Fruit Tart

Making Fresh Fruit Tart

Ingredients:

For the tart dough:

1 large egg yolk

1 tbsp. heavy cream

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

¼ tsp. salt

8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

For the pastry cream:

2 cups half-and-half

½ cup sugar

Pinch of salt

5 large egg yolks

3 tbsp. cornstarch

4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:

2 large kiwis, peeled and sliced

2-6 oz. raspberries

1-11 oz. mandarin oranges in water, drained

Apple jelly, for glazing

Directions:

To make the tart shell, whisk together the egg yolk, cream and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Process briefly to combine. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture, process to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about fifteen 1-second pulses. With the machine running, add the egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together, about 12 seconds. Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a 6-inch dish. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 48 hours.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. (If refrigerated for more than one hour, let stand at room temperature until malleable.) Unwrap and roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 13-inch round. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan. Mold the dough to the sides of the tart pan and remove the excess off the top. Set the dough-lined tart pan on a large plate and freeze for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, adjust an oven rack to middle position. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Set the dough-lined tart pan on a baking sheet, press a 12-inch square of foil into the frozen shell and over the edges, and fill with pie weights. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time. Remove from oven and carefully remove weights and foil. Continue to bake until deep golden brown, 5-8 minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

To make the pastry cream, heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.

When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds. Off he heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla. Strain the pastry cream through a fine mesh sieve set over a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

To assemble the tart, spread the cold pastry cream evenly over the bottom of the tart shell. Arrange the fruit on top of the pastry cream as desired. Heat the jelly in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, just until slightly melted and easy to stir. Using a pastry brush, paint a light layer of jelly over the fruit. Serve.

Source: slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats

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