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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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Mini Quiche

Mini Quiche

If you make your own Mørdej (shortcrust or pie/tart dough), typically you’ll have a little left-over dough. What I do with that dough, is rolling it out to a thin round disc, store it in the refrigerator or freezer, until ready to use. If frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator. Then make these wonderful little Mini Quiches. They are super tasty, can be served as appetizers, breakfast or as a side dish. You can go crazy adding pretty much whatever ingredients you like, or you can make them pretty basic, as I did here. I any case, they are delicious and make great use of that left-over dough.

Making mini quiche

Making mini quiche

Ingredients: (make a many or as few as you like)

frozen dough, thawed

egg, 1 per tart

chives

a sprinkle of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter tart shells (3 1/2 inch or 9 cm) thoroughly with butter. If dough is not already rolled out, roll a small amount of dough into a thin 5 1/2 inch circle (14 cm). Fit dough inside tart shell. Line with tinfoil and beans or pie weights to prevent dough from bubbling up. Pre-bake shells in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove shells from oven, take off foil and pie weights and let rest while eggs are prepared.

Use 1 egg for each shell. Beat each egg with a fork. Add chives and sprinkle a little salt. Pour 1 prepared egg into each shell. Place shells onto a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until center is set. Enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Orange Cranberry Bread

Orange Cranberry Bread

I have been looking to change-up the holiday table a bit. I am big on traditions but there’s always room for minor improvements. Cranberries definitely belongs on the table, but serving cranberry sauce which no one in our household seems very fond of anyway, just doesn’t make sense.  So I was looking for an alternative when I came across this wonderful recipe. The only minor change I made was to toss the chopped cranberries in a little confectioners sugar to take away some of the bitterness of the berries. The bread turned out sweet and tart with a subtle background flavor of orange and a little crunch from the walnuts, very delicious. A nice addition to my holiday table.

Cranberry Bread (makes 1 loaf)

Ingredients:

165 gram all-purpose flour (5.8 oz)

135 gram whole wheat flour (4.75 oz)

200 gram sugar (7 oz)

1 small teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

35 gram unsalted butter, melted (1.15 oz or 2 1/2 tablespoons)

1 egg, beaten

177 milliliter orange juice (6 oz or 3/4 cup)

1 tablespoon orange zest (zest from 1 medium orange)

50 gram walnuts, chopped (1/2 cup) – optional

160 gram fresh cranberries, roughly chopped (1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan (22 x 12 cm), line bottom of pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Give cranberries a rough chop, add confectioners sugar, stir to combine and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine both types of flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add melted butter, egg, orange juice and orange zest, stir until blended. Add walnuts and cranberries, stir until evenly distributed. Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Wild Yeast via Ocean Spray

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Mini Filled Omelette

The other night I was looking for a different type of side-dish for my Flounder and I remembered seeing this omelette presentation on another food blog. It’s a fun way to make an omelette, not to mention that making it this way keeps the portion size in check and the presentation is nicer than your typical omelette. As for the fillings, you can dream up whatever you like or maybe use up that little left-over you have sitting in the fridge. Some filling ideas could include spinach, diced tomatoes, left-over cooked vegetables like asparagus or left-over cooked meats like shrimp or chicken or perhaps some processed meats like Prosciutto or Ham. Add some fresh herbs for added flavor like parsley, chives or basil and your cheese could be a good Goat cheese, Feta, Cheddar or Gouda. The sky is the limit. Here is what I put in mine (and I foresee diced cooked shrimp in the very near future).

Making Mini Omelette

Making Mini Omelette

Mini Filled Omelette #1

Prosciutto

roasted red pepper

feta cheese

basil

1 egg with a dash of milk

Mini Filled Omelette #2

Prosciutto

olives

Parmesan-reggiano cheese

basil

1 egg with a dash of milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 degrees C). Start by spraying your dish with a small amount of oil, then add your fillings to the dish. Beat one egg with a dash of milk and pour over the filling. Make sure the dish is not filled up all the way to the edge since the egg will rise a little in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until egg is set.

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Brunede Kartofler – Caramelized Potatoes

Brunede Kartofler is a classic Danish side dish which was always served with Christmas dinner when I was a child.  Of course it was also served occasionally at other times but I think probably most Danes associate the dish with Christmas in particular. The sweetness of the caramelized potatoes is wonderful with the other classic side dish Rødkål (sweet and sour red cabbage) which is slightly tangy and the two dishes are often found on the same table.

When making Brunede Kartofler make sure to watch the sugar so it doesn’t burn and when you add the butter it will bubble up briefly, so please be very careful.

Caramelized Potatoes

Brunede Kartofler

Ingredients:

potatoes (approx 20 small white)

1 cup sugar

5 tablespoon butter

Directions:

Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender. Drain potatoes and place in refrigerator to cool. Once potatoes are cold, remove peel. In a pan over medium-low heat melt sugar. Watch sugar carefully so it does not burn. When sugar has melted add butter, please note that it will bubble up, stir to combine. Add potatoes and cook low and slow, gently stirring occasionally until potatoes are warmed through. Enjoy!

Source: My mother Åse Frandsen

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Red Cabbage

With the holidays quickly approaching it’s time to revisit some classic Danish dishes. Rødkål is a side dish that is always on the table for Christmas dinners and luncheons but of course it is also served at other times. For me though, the sweet and sour aroma with a hint of cloves in the background reminds me of Christmas and it will perfume your house in the most warm and pleasant of ways. The dish itself is very quick and easy to assemble and the remainder of the time is spent simmering away on the stove.

Sliced red cabbage ready for cooking

I have been experimenting with this recipe for some time now and I finally got it right (that’s according to my tastebuds of course :)). The traditional way to make Rødkål is to use Ribssaft (Red Currant juice) but it’s impossible to find it in any of the stores around here, so I am substituting it with 100% Pomegranate juice.

The first time I made Rødkål the ratio of vinegar to pomegranate juice was off with too much vinegar. The second time I could not find any pomegranate juice so I used cranberry juice instead…bad idea. It left a really dry taste in my mouth. In the meantime, my parents came to visit and they brought real Ribssaft with them but it was confiscated going through customs. (Still unclear as to why they couldn’t bring it in, maybe the size of the bottle?) Anyway, two cabbage heads later and with real pomegranate juice and less vinegar, we finally have a winner!

Rødkål

Ingredients:

1 head red cabbage

1 deciliter apple cider vinegar (3.4 oz.)

2 deciliter pomegranate juice (or red currant juice = ribssaft) (6.8 oz.)

3 – 4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 tablespoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

1 tablespoon butter

Atamon for rinsing glasses

Directions:

Remove outer leaves of cabbage, cut into quarters, remove the tough white core and discard. Slice cabbage into desired thickness. Place cabbage  into cooking pot and add vinegar, juice, sugar, salt and ground cloves. Let it simmer covered for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. At the end of cooking time add the butter and gently stir until melted. If cabbage is to be used fairly quickly, simply just sterilize jars and lids with boiling water. If cabbage is intended for storing away, rinse jars and lids with Atamon. Store in cool, dark place. Enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Zucchinideller

Ok, so it all started when I made the Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread and discovered that zucchini can be an exciting vegetable. Who knew! I always thought they were dull and not worthy of my attention 🙂 Now I understand why people get so excited when they tell me that they planted zucchini in their garden or that they found the most gorgeous zucchini at the grocery store. It turns out that zucchini is quite the vegetable!

Zucchinideller

So now that I am on this zucchini kick here is a wonderful little recipe for some Zucchinideller. I should probably explain the word Zucchinideller. They are like the Danish meat patties called Frikadeller except there is no meat involved here, only delicious zucchini.

Zucchinideller (makes 6 patties)

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini, grated and drained

1 small garlic clove, minced

1 small bundle chives, chopped

4 tablespoons old-fashioned oats

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 medium fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/2 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

Rinse and dry zucchini. Leaving the peel on, grate the zucchini and squeeze out excess liquid. Place zucchini in a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Spray pan with cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat. Drop tablespoons of zucchini onto hot pan and brown both sides of patties. Serve warm and enjoy!

Source: adapted from Dalsgaard i Skivholme

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Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce Wraps are so popular these days and I can see why. These Wraps are not exactly like the ones that you get at that famous China Bistro everyone is flocking to (me included, if I can persuade my husband), but they are pretty darn close. Once you get all the specialty ingredients together they are a breeze to make. A couple of  things though, next time I would double the sauce portion. I would have liked the filling to be a little more moist. Also I used Iceberg lettuce simply because I couldn’t find Boston lettuce, I use ground chicken and I choose to use red bell pepper and peas which gave the filling a nice splash of color. I served the Lettuce Wraps with the leftover Chinese Dumplings I made earlier (which froze really well).

Lettuce Wraps Ingredients

Ingredients:

For the Sauce: (for a more moist filling you may want to double the sauce portion)

1 1/2 tablespoon hoisin sauce

2 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce

freshly ground black pepper

For the Filling:

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 stalks scallions (green onions)

1 pound ground turkey or chicken

2 cups mixed vegetables (frozen pea/carrots, finely diced bell peppers, etc.)

1/2 green apple, finely diced

Wrap:

1 head Boston  lettuce, leaves washed and separated

Directions:

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

To make the filling, heat wok or large frying pan on high heat with cooking oil. When oil is hot, add scallions, ginger and garlic and fry a few seconds until fragrant. Add ground turkey or chicken and fry until almost cooked through. Add the vegetables and cook 1 minute. Add sauce ingredients. Let simmer for 1 minute to thicken slightly.

Add the apples. Toss to coat. immediately remove from heat. You don’t want to “cook” the apples, keep them nice and crunchy. Serve in lettuce leaves.

Lettuce Wraps

Source: adapted from Steamy Kitchen

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Danish Gulerodsalat

Danish Gulerodsalat

Danish Gulerodsalat (Carrot Salad) is very popular in Denmark and it’s so easy to make, it only has four ingredients. It’s a refreshing, crunchy, sweet and sour….and as an added bonus, guess what, it’s good for you. If you’re not keen on lemon you can use an orange instead, but I like the little bite that lemon gives you. Enjoy this as a side dish, for lunch or as a snack. Serve cold.

Gulerodsalat (Carrot Salad)

Ingredients:

5 carrots

1 lemon

1 to 2 tsp sugar

1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Peel and grate carrots using a box grater or food processor. Place in a small bowl and add the juice of 1 medium lemon. Add sugar to taste. Start with 1 tsp sugar and add more if you prefer the salad a little sweeter. Finally add the raisins, I used Golden raisins but regular raisins would actually add a little more contrast against the orange carrot color. Place in refrigerator to chill for at least 1/2 hour.

Source: Adapted from maduniverset.dk

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Orzo with Grape Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

I just love Orzo! I serve it with everything, even things Orzo should not be served with. Orzo is so versatile and the combinations for what you can add to these tiny little pastas are endless. I saw this recipe on TV somewhere but I don’t recall which TV show it was on, so I am not able to give proper credit. 

And so, the other day my son came home from College. After a semester of cafeteria food he seems really happy to finally get some home cooked meals. I served this Orzo with my Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets and it got the official “head nod” stamp of approval. I was delighted! This Orzo dish is light, delicious and so easy to make that even a college student could make it.  🙂 

Ingredients: 

1 cup Orzo pasta 

5 oz. grape tomatoes 

3-4 tbsp feta cheese 

1 tbsp butter 

1 large sprig Basil 

Directions: 

Start by cutting grape tomatoes into halves. Fill a small cooking pot with water and season with salt. Once water is boiling add Orzo and cook for 9 minutes. Drain pasta and place back into cooking pot. Add butter, tomatoes, feta cheese and basil. Stir and serve. 

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