Monday, December 08, 2014

Julekager, aka Christmas Cookies





Have you done your Christmas baking yet? In Denmark it's a must-have activity during the month of December: everyone is making huge batches of julekager such as vaniljekranse, pebernødder, brunkager & jødekager. This year, we stepped out of our comfort zone, and decided to try a home-made version of the last two from the list. Brunkager turned out to be a messy affair, and we ended up with a batch of delicious chocolate cookies (with a very slight resemblance to traditional brunkager, but anyways). Jødekager, however, are a huge hit: easy to make, with a reliable result every time - we made a whole lot of them. What are your favourite Christmas cookie recipe? Have a good one! 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Super Moist Orange Cake

Looking for pre-Christmas baking inspiration? This super moist orange cake instantly creates a festive atmosphere in the house: it smells incredibly yummy and happy. We used  this Beat and Bake Orange Cake recipe replacing two round cakes with a loaf pan. As recommended by one of the readers on All Recipes.com, we went for an orange glaze instead of the butter frosting, and it turned out delicious: combine 1/2 cup of orange juice with 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan; heat and stir to dissolve sugar; spoon glaze over hot cake - voila. 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fall Apple Bake

Beginning of fall this year has been rather busy, and we could hardly squeeze in any time for baking. Luckily, with abundance of our favourite fall produce, namely apples and pumpkin, we can find hundreds of recipes that do not require heavy time investment: our last Apple Bake took us just 15 min in preparation and another 15 in baking time. It's fresh, juicy, yummy and oh-so-easy to make.
All you need is>
- butterdej (butter, or puff pastry dough), 1 roll
- 4-5 apples
- tbsp of butter
- pinch of cinnamon
- 3 tbsp of powdered sugar (which can be replaced with honey)
- a handful of raisins and nuts

Preheat your oven to 200C. Cut apples into small cubes and caramelise them in a large frying pan: add the butter, sugar, nuts and raisins plus cinnamon until they are soft and juicy. Roll out the pastry dough. Spread the apples and roll the pastry. Give it 15 min in the oven and voila!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Holidays: Cote d'Azur









This has been a gorgeous summer, and we continued enjoying fantastic weather, sans heat wave, while taking holidays on the French Riviera mid August. The French are incredible hosts, and we had a beautiful time everywhere we went to: from our hub in Villefranche-Sur-Mer with the best beaches on the coast, to Eze Village with its medieval narrow streets, a castle and Fragonard museum, to Antibes with spectacular emerald sea and a great Picasso museum, and of course Monaco: a perfect, fairy-tale kingdom. Even touristy Nice and glitzy Cannes, although much more crowded and commercial, were still fun to visit for a couple of hours. In Villefranche-Sur-Mer we stayed in a charming, cozy family run hotel La Fiancee du Pirate, with amazing, long leisurely breakfasts, nice pool and breathtaking views. If you happen to visit Villefranche, do book a table at La Belle Etoile (superb food at decent price) and enjoy a cocktail or two at Welcome Hotel. Have a great last week of summer !