All posts tagged: scandinavian food

Danish Strawberry Tart – Jordbærtærte

Strawberry Tart – Jordbærtærte. When I think of Denmark I think of red things – the flag, the Christmas Nisse and of course Strawberries! Groundberries as they are known as in Danish are synonymous with summer in Denmark. They are a treasured fruit, savoured by all and made into many delicious dishes. But none come as close to perfection than the majestic Jorbærtærte, ie a Strawberry Tart. It is perfect in every way. It is fruity, sweet, tart, chocolatey, creamy, light and crisp. The only drawback is it does need to be eaten the same day as cooking….What a shame! Despite not being in Denmark, but rather Scotland, and despite not having as good a summer here than in Scandinavia, I did have a fantastic crop of strawberries this year. The birds and the mice also took a fancy to my red berries, but I still got a few kg for myself. And what better dish to serve my homegrown fruit in, than this summer desert. If you don’t have strawberries growing in your garden, (do it …

September Lagkage – Danish September Birthday Cake

  The brambles are thriving this year in the woodlands by our house, a lovely sight reminding us that there is still food to be found during the seasonal change from summer to autumn. And so, for the birthday cake I made last week, brambles seemed a fitting ingredient, providing tangy notes to an otherwise very sweet Danish cake. Lagkage translates as Layer Cake, and consists of 3 thin sponges, layered up with either a whipped cream filling or a custard filling. In addition to that, fruit and jam are added to make this cake a special occasion cake, not only for the time involved in making it, but for the sheer number of calories! No birthday in Denmark will usually go without a Lagkage, and neither does a birthday in our house. _____________________________________________________ Ingredients 150g plain flour 150g butter, softened 150g sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp baking powder Filling 700 ml whipping cream 250 g amaretto biscuits, crushed 3 tbsp brandy 1 mango, diced 100g brambles 4 tbsp icing sugar For the top 75g …

Koldskål – Danish Summer Buttermilk Dish

  A natural reaction to hot weather for me, is to start craving Koldskål. In Denmark, as a kid I could easily go through a litre a day, no problem. I didn’t mind if it was shop bought, or home made, I just had to have it during the warm summer months. Saying that, homemade is always going to triumph over shop bought. And since a lot of you don’t live in Denmark, homemade is the only option anyway! Koldskål, literally translates as Cold Bowl. It is made with buttermilk and a milder version of yoghurt, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and lemon. I have never thought of comparing it to an Indian Lassi, but I guess that is a far comparison if totally lost trying to explain it to a foreigner. It is served in a bowl, and eaten with a spoon, and enjoyed with little biscuits called Kammerjunker, and I’m not even going to try and explain that word! Well, OK then, its a title for a sort of foot solider within the Royal …