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Mørdej - Shortcrust

Mørdej – Shortcrust

Shortcrust dough is very quick and easy to make and it’s used for both sweet and savory dishes (pies, tarts and quiches). This particular dough has sugar in it, so I would reserve it for a sweet dish. The process I describe here is using a food processor, but if you don’t have a food processor, the dough can also be made simply by using your hands. If you choose this method, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the butter from heating up. Then add the egg to bring the dough together, careful not to over-work the dough. Hint: when I roll out the dough, I roll it out on a piece of cling wrap. It makes for easy lifting and moving of the rolled out dough.

Making Mørdej

Making Mørdej

Ingredients: (makes enough dough for a 9 or 11 inch pan – 23 or 28 cm)

300 grams all-purpose flour (10.5 oz)

175 grams butter, cold (6 oz)

75 grams confectioners sugar (2.6 0z)

1 egg

Directions:

Place flour, butter and confectioners sugar into a food processor and process until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add egg and pulse only until dough starts to come together, careful not to over-work dough. Place dough onto your work surface and press dough into a flattened disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Once ready to use, roll dough out to the desired thickness. Spray pan with baking spray and fit the dough against the bottom and sides of pan. Trim the dough even with the top of pan or fold dough into a border. Re-refrigerate dough for another 10-15 minutes before baking.

Baking time and temperature will depend on what you are filling the pie/tart with. Follow your recipe for baking time and temperature.

If you want to blind bake (pre-bake) the dough before filling it, preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Place parchment paper or foil over dough, fill with rice, beans or pie weights to prevent dough from bubbling up. Bake for 20 minutes, remove paper and weights and bake for another 3-5 minutes or until golden. Cool crust before filling.

Source: adapted from Kager til Kaffen

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Shrimp and Feta Cheese Quiche

This recipe is from an old Everyday magazine. I had made this quiche a couple of times and my guests always loved it. It’s the kind of quiche that dissappears from the pie dish in no time at all. Then I lost the magazine and I tried to recreate it from memory but something was missing. I looked everywhere for that magazine, or so I thought, until one day recently I was cleaning out a closet and found a stack of old food magazines. What a find! To me old food magazines are like new food magazines and so I started reading them again and sure enough I found the long lost Shrimp and Fata Cheese Quiche recipe. I absolutely have to share this recipe with you because I know that you’ll love it. The feta cheese gives the quiche a wonderful slight tartness and the combination of shrimp, roasted red pepper and chives is just fantastic. I hope you enjoy this quiche as much as I do. I wonder what else is in that closet?

Ingredients:

1 sheet store-bought refrigerated pie dough, at room temperature

1 tbsp unsalted butter

8 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 extra large eggs

1/2 cup half-and-half 

1 tbsp minced chives

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup jarred roasted red pepper, diced

3 oz crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Press the dough into a 9 inch pie or tart dish. Pierce the bottom of dough with a fork. Place tart dish on a baking sheet and line inside of pie dough with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and weights and reduce heat to 375 degrees F. Continue to bake dough until golden, about 12 minutes. Let tart shell cool on a wire rack.

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook for 2 minutes just until opaque, flipping shrimp half-way through. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, chives, salt and pepper. Arrange the shrimp, red pepper and feta cheese in pie shell and cover with the egg mixture.

Bake quiche in the 375 degrees oven for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the pie comes out clean. Cool quiche for 10 minutes and serve. Enjoy.

Shrimp and Feta Cheese Quiche

Source: slightly adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine

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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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Cremelinser with Cherry Sauce

As you may have heard me say before, I am a big sucker for Custard. Whenever I make something with Custard I always make sure to leave one or two big spoonfuls in the bowl for me to taste. Well I have been craving that sweet vanilla flavor lately and when I came across these delicate little cremelinsers I knew that I had to make them immediately. And so I did. The Custard did not disappoint, it turned out fluffy and creamy. I thought the Cremelinser’s should be served with a sauce  and what I wanted to make was a raspberry sauce, but I was not able to find any plump fresh raspberries so I made a cherry sauce instead which was equally delicious. Please enjoy!

Cremelinser

Ingredients:

For the dough:

150 grams cold butter (about 10 tablespoons)

250 grams flour (1 2/3 – 2 cups)

60 grams sugar ( 1/3 cup)

2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon cold water

For the Custard filling:

2.5 deciliter milk (1 cup)

1/2 vanilla bean

2 tablespoons sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

Making the filling:

Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds with the tip of a knife. Place vanilla seeds, bean and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale in color and fluffy. Add cornstarch and mix together. While continuing to beat the eggs, slowly pour half of the hot milk into the eggs to temper it. Then pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan and return to low temperature on the stove. Continue to whisk mixture over low temperature until the custard starts to thicken, making sure the custard does not boil. Remove from heat, place in a small bowl, cover with cling wrap directly on the custard surface to prevent a skin from forming and place in refrigerator to cool.

Making the dough:

Cut cold butter into small cubes, add to flour and crumble butter and flour together. Add egg yolks, sugar and cold water and quickly bring dough together using your hands. Form dough into a flattened disk, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit)

Dust working surface with flour and roll out dough to about 3 mm thickness. Using a 10 cm (4 inch) circle cut out ten circles. Spray five 9 cm (3 1/2 inch) tart forms with cooking spray. Place a round circle of dough in tart form and gently press dough into form. Fill dough tart form with custard up 2/3 to the top and place a second circle on top, pressing down gently to close. Pinch off excess dough around the edges. Makes 5 tarts. Place tarts directly onto the rack in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool down completely before removing from tart form and serve. Enjoy.

Cremelinser

Dough filled with Custard

Put a lid on it

Source: adapted from Grydeskeen

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Mini Fruit Tart

Mini Fruit Tart

These Mini Fruit Tarts are not completely homemade. As a matter of fact, they are a quick and easy dessert to put together when you don’t have the time to make a homemade tart shell. I found these handy-dandy, pre-made, ready-to-fill sweet tart shells at the store.  I was intrigued and thought they could come in handy should the occasion arise, and it did. When we had company visiting and I already had a lot on my plate, these little tarts saved me quite a bit of time. And I love fruit tarts! Now this filling is very different from the filling I used in my Fresh Fruit Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream. The two taste nothing alike. When you make this Mascapone filling, start with just 1 tablespoon of Amaretto and taste it since the Amaretto can sometimes get to be a little overpowering, and then add more according to your taste. I hope you enjoy this beautiful little summer dessert.

Ingredients:

3 egg yolks

2 tablespoon sugar

8 oz. Mascarpone cheese (1 container)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 to 2 tablespoon Amaretto

fruit – Kiwi and Mandarin

package of ready-to-fill sweet tart shells

Apple jelly – for glaze

Directions:

In a mixing bowl add egg yolks and sugar and mix on high-speed until mixture is light yellow and creamy (about 4-5 minutes). Add Mascarpone cheese and mix well. Add vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of Amaretto. Taste the mixture and add more Amaretto according to taste.

Line up ready-to-fill tart shells on a baking sheet and fill with Mascapone cream mixture. Spread mixture evenly and place in refrigerator to let cream set up for 1 hour.

Drain liquid from the Mandarin’s and place them on a paper towel to soak up excess liquid. You do not want your fruit wet when you place them onto the filling. Peel and slice Kiwi fruit, if very moist pat dry with a paper towel. Take out filled tart shells from refrigerator and arrange fruit in a circle on top of cream filling. Place some Apple jelly in a microwave safe bowl and heat jelly in the microwave until melted and smooth. Heat in 10 second increments for approximately 1-2 minutes depending on how much you need. Once Apple jelly is melted, use as a glaze and brush onto the arranged fruit on the filled tart shells. It will give your tarts a beautiful shine. Enjoy.

Kiwi Mini Fruit Tart

Source: adapted from Bell’ alimento

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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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