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A Guide to Solvang’s Danish Bakeries

For a true taste of Danish culture, sample the delicious pastries offered by Solvang’s authentic local bakeries.

Exploring Solvang’s Bakeries and Danish Culture

It’s easy to get around downtown Solvang to sample the best in Danish sweets. Your only challenge will be deciding how many bakeries to stop into. View all the restaurants and bakeries in Solvang and plan your own pastry tour today!

Solvang is the perfect place to pair your newly discovered pastry favorites with the ideal wine or cider.  Conventional wisdom states that Sauvignon Blanc and a traditional Danish roll go hand in hand, but half the fun of tasting is finding out which flavors work together best.

Dessert is only the beginning. Explore the culture of Denmark in greater depth and detail during Solvang’s annual Danish Days festival.

Danish Pastries: A Glossary

Danish rolls: The classic pastry directly named for the country of its origin, (although initially the recipe was adapted from a treat based out of Austria called Plundergeback), Danish are flakey, multilayered sweet breads commonly found on breakfast buffets throughout the United States.  In Scandinavian countries, this pastry is known as wienerbrod, meaning “Viennese bread.”

Butter cookies: Danish butter cookies might be the most popular pastries of Danish descent. Although usually found in tin containers separated by individual paper liners, that is hardly the only thing distinguishing one style of butter cookie from the next. Here’s a quick guide to all the tasty varietes:

  • Finsk brød – Flat, oblong biscuits, with a name that translates to “Finnish bread.”
  • Vanille kranse – U-shaped cookies. Their name is Danish for “vanilla wreaths.”
  • Kringle – The most delicate of the Danish baked goods to prepare, these are often referred to in English as Danish pretzels.  The pretzel symbol itself, also called a kringle, is featured in front of bakeries representing their status as members of a Danish bakers’ guild.
  • Kanelkager – Harder cookies with cinnamon sugar sprinkled over them, their name translates directly as “cinnamon cakes.”
  • Butter cookies – Round light-colored cookies with a coarser sugar on them.  Their name pretty much says it all.

Aebleskivers: These are dough cooked in hot oil and shaped like a tennis ball, served a variety of ways, but traditionally they are sprinkled in powdered sugar with a raspberry sauce drizzled on.

Cream puffs: Also known as flodeboller, these Danish treats have been popular for over two centuries. Comprised of a meringue foam with a marshmallow consistency atop a wafer or cookie, the cream puffs (or buns if going by the direct translation) are then covered in chocolate, sometimes white but traditionally dark. On occasion, flodeboller come in flavors like caramel, licorice, mocha, or strawberry.

Danish Waffle: Called stroopwafel, this is a double-layered pastry of thin dough which is filled with syrup (often made of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon) or caramel between the layers to make the two halves stick together.

Risalamande: A dessert made with rice pudding, vanilla, and whipped cream, which usually incorporates almonds and a cherry sauce on top (referred to as kirsebærsovs). Risalamande is especially popular around Christmas, often served on the holiday itself and made from a large serving of rice pudding made for the December 23rd festivity called lillejuleaften (essentially the eve of Christmas Eve).  A similar variation, also eaten around Christmas, is called risengrod.  This dish is basically rice pudding with butter and cinnamon added served hot.

INGREDIENTS

  • For the dough:
  • 10g fresh yeast
  • 385g cold milk
  • 600g strong bread flour
  • 5g salt
  • 250g butter, out of the fridge but still quite cold
  • For the topping and filling:
  • 1 beaten egg, to brush
  • 50g raisins
  • a couple of spoonfuls of demerara sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • apricot, raspberry or any other jam you like (it needs to be quite thick)
  • a few dried apricots, sliced in half horizontally
  • a few whole blanched almonds
  • For the icing:
  • 30g butter
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 30g lemon juice
  • 110g icing sugar

METHOD

1. For the dough, dissolve the yeast in milk and add to the flour with salt. Knead to a quite stiff but smooth dough. Put in a polythene bag and chill in the fridge while you prepare the butter.

2. Place the block of butter between two large sheets of cling film and press down with a rolling pin – you’re aiming at about 2mm thickness and as regular a shape as you can. If the butter has softened considerably in the process, put it back in the fridge, cling film and all.

3. Now roll out the dough into a rectangle twice as long as it is wide and about 8mm thick. Place the sheet of butter to cover two thirds of the dough, fold the uncovered third over the butter, halfway down, and fold the remaining buttered part back over the resulting sandwich. Align the edges and seal them by pinching the dough together.

4. Roll the sandwiched parcel in the opposite direction to the first roll, so lengthways. It will produce a rectangle twice as long as it is wide again. Fold the short edges inwards so they meet in the middle and the fold again in half as it closing a book. Put the dough back in the bag and place in the fridge for at least half an hour – but not more than an hour.

5. Roll the dough out again in the opposite direction and do another ‘book’ folding exercise. Let it rest in the fridge for another half an hour and now it is ready for the final roll.

6. Try to roll it out into a large rectangle about 6mm thick and you can start cutting the shapes.