• Classic Danish brunsviger - sticky brown sugar butter bread cake
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    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
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    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…

  • Apple blackberry crumble served with vanilla ice cream
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    Luscious apple blackberry crumble

    This apple blackberry crumble has been one of my favorite desserts for years. It’s incredibly easy to make, it’s so rich in taste and, as with all baked desserts, you even get the double pleasure of getting to it eat and enjoying the smell of it as it bakes away in the oven. To me it also reminds me of that comforting feeling of being home with one of my grandmas. (I had the privilege of knowing three of them.) They all seemed to know that good cooking does not need to be complicated. It’s not that they didn’t care about presentation. In fact their food always looked great, but…

  • Mini Sarah Bernhard cakes with macarons and dark chocolate mousse
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    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes

    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes were my grandma Grethe’s signature cakes. Whenever she and her husband would have friends or family over for one of their lavish dinners, she would make these little mouthwatering sweet treats. She always served them after dinner with coffee and tea and chocolates, as if we hadn’t already stuffed ourselves with their delicious three-course dinner. But curiously, these little miracles always seemed to disappear before everyone had finished their coffee. And though I was only a kid, I always managed to get my share and gulp down at least a handful.   Like the famous actress whom these cakes were named after, my grandma was a…

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    Pan + cakes + lemon = Best pancakes ever

    So you thought you already knew the best recipe for pancakes? I can tell you now, you don’t. Unless, that is, you’ve ever swung by my mom’s house in Denmark and nicked her recipe. These pancakes not only look, smell and taste heavenly, they also have a medicinal effect. I figured this since every time I can remember having bumped my knee or fallen off the bike as a kid, my mom’s pancakes would make all pain go away. You might argue that this is not sufficient evidence to claim that a pancake has healing powers, but it works on my own kids too. I usually serve these flat delights…

  • Creamy lemon mousse with cream and pistachios on top
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    Lemons and desserts… My favorite combination

    I always thought that one of the best things about cooking and tasting your own creation afterwards is the memories that smells, tastes and looks can bring you. Both of my grandmas were fierce when it came to making desserts and they actually both made their own version of the Danish lemon mousse that I will give you the recipe for in this post. It’s impossible for me to choose which one was my favorite, because they were both very very good, but my own version is closest to the one my grandma Agnes, on my mom’s side, used to make. Each time I take a spoonful of this mouthwateringly…

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    The bunny takes it all

    I’m not a great fan of cakes that look great but have little taste. This cake that I made for an easter dinner is a winner in both taste and presentation, yet, it is pretty easy to make. If you look at the picture, you can see that I was not the only one who thought the cake was tasty. The bunny dived right into the middle of the carrot cake and ate all the cheese frosting! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting Ingredients The carrot cake 4 carrots, coarsely shredded (300 g/10 oz) 150 g/5.5 oz soft butter 100 g/3.5 oz of sugar 100 g/3.5 oz brown sugar 150…