• Birthday buns - best home-baked buns!
    Bread and baked goods

    Bread, with lots of butter…

    Good bread is the no. 1 reason why I could never give up carbs entirely, and, really, nothing beats a freshly baked bun with lots of butter! Of course, kids know it too, and maybe that’s why classic birthday buns with butter are an essential part of kids’ birthday parties in Denmark. My Grandma Inger was the uncrowned queen of buns. For every birthday party I had as a kid she brought her home-baked birthday buns, and my mom would put them in the oven, just for a bit, so everyone could get a warm bun with what we Danes call “tooth butter”. Let me explain this phenomenon: “Tooth butter”…

  • Classic Danish brunsviger - sticky brown sugar butter bread cake
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    A cake lover’s cake (Danish brunsviger)

    Sometimes I just get this insistent craving for a good Danish brunsviger, or, what probably best translates into sticky brown sugar butter bread cake. There are so many scrumptious and awesome classic Danish cakes and pastries, and yet, this is the one I’d always choose above the rest. That is if I was forced to make the choice. (Let’s hope that never happens!) In Denmark this cake originally comes from my native island Fünen (Fyn). For all of my birthdays when I was a kid, my mom would serve brunsviger. And for many kids who come from Fünen this cake continues to be a must  for their birthdays. Every little…

  • Rose water butter cookies - great for tea or champagne
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    Rose water butter cookies

    These delicate rose water butter cookies are the perfect little treats with a nice cup of tea. They do, however, also go surprisingly well with a glass of champagne or other bubbles, for example for New Year’s! They also make a great hostess gift, bagged or boxed nicely, maybe even accompanied by the hostess’ favorite tea or bottle of bubbles. This rose water butter cookie recipe hails back to my grandma, and there is indeed something totally old-school about butter cookies. The rose water though seems quite an exotic addition which must have been a rather decadent and almost daring feature back in grandma’s day. Often used in Middle Eastern…

  • Best crunchy creamy scones with Camembert and pumpkin seeds
    Bread and baked goods

    Best crunchy creamy scones

    Ever tried scones with Camembert and pumpkin seeds? Well, they won’t make winter go away, but they will bring lots of comfort if the cold forces you to stay cooped up inside. This weekend temperatures dropped to -10 F here in Toronto. My first instinct was to simply cuddle up in bed, feel sorry for myself and daydream about the Caribbean. However, I decided instead to use this as a perfect excuse to bake a nice treat for myself and my family.  I’ve loved scones ever since my first encounter with them when I lived in England. The first ones I tried were the classic sweet ones with loads of…