How to make a Plum Cake – Blomme kage opskrift – Pflaumenkuchen


 
Ingredients
·         1 cups all purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         8 tbsp or 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
·         1/2 cup sugar
·         2 large eggs
·         1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract)
·         4-5 large plums (according to size), pitted, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
·         juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
·         1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed with 1/2 cup sugar
·         serve with whipped cream or vanilla yogurt
Kitchen Utensils:
·         measuring cup
·         Baking Pan 10″ X 8″
·         large mixing bowl
·         hand mixer or electric mixer
·         spatula
Instruction:
1.    Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter cake pan. 
2.    Whisk ingredients in small bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy.
3.    Beat in 3/4 cup sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time. Beat in flour mixture and almond extract.
4.    Spread batter in prepared pan.
5.    Press plum wedges halfway into batter, spacing slightly apart. 
6.    Pour lemon juice on plumbs. 
7.    Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle over plums. 
8.    Bake until cake is browned on top (approx. 40-45 min) 
9.    Insert a tester into center comes out clean.
10. Cut around cake; release pan sides. 
11. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

 Serve with either coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy!

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Easy Peach Walnut Cake Recipe


This summer enjoy sweet, juicy peaches with a moist cake.  That is what we do each summer.  We enjoy picking our peaches and making this delicious peach cake. When we run our of fresh peaches, we head on over to a farmer’s market or grocery store to buy peaches for this cake too.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 
Kitchen Utensils

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • whisk
  • wooden spoon
  • 9×12 inch pan
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×12 inch pan.  
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, peaches and walnuts. 
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into prepared 9×12 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C) for 50-55 minutes or until done.
  5. Optional: Add extra slices of peaches and walnuts on top of cake
  6. Pour into greased and floured 9×12 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C) for 50-55 minutes or until 

    done.   

  7. Let the cake cool down before slicing.

  8. Serve the cake plain or with whipped cream.

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    *how to make Danish Christmas Klejner
    *how to make easy Danish cucumber salad (arguksalat)
    *how to make Danish sugar browned potatoes (brunede kartofler)
    *how to make Danish red cabbage (rødkaal)
    These recipes are perfect for the holiday season. Please let us know what you think! ♥

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How to Make A Danish Birthday Cake – Dansk Fødselsdagskage – Karen Grete Sings Danish Birthday Song

 

There’s nothing like the taste of a homemade birthday cake that you make in your own kitchen. Baking a cake is as simple as measuring ingredients, mixing them in the right order.  But the fun part is to decorate the cake!  

Here we have a simple recipe to make a Danish birthday cake (Dansk Fødselsdagskage).  Our recipe is to make a two layer cake (lagekage).  This is a perfect recipe if you only have one baking pan to bake a cake. 

Also, in the video we made a traditional Danish birthday cake for the Queen of Denmark. Queen Margrethe II birthday is on April 16th.  So we decided to make a birthday cake for her. Also Karen Grete sings happy birthday too!

 Click on our YouTube video 
to see how Karen Grete makes the Danish birthday cake

Cake (Lagkagebunde) – makes 1 cake, cut into 2 thin cake layers 

  • 3/4 cup butter or 1 1/2 sticks
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 3 eggs – make sure that your eggs are at room temperature)
  • 1 1/3 cups flour 
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • butter or cooking spray

 Variations with the Cake batter:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of either vanilla extract, almond, lemon or orange zest to batter.
  • shaved some chocolate on top of the whipped creamed cake to make it look even prettier.
Cake Assembly  Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of strawberry or raspberry jam
  • Custard Filling– check our blog post and our YouTube video on how to make homemade custard filling
 
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • cake decorations: Danish Flags, candy, etc
Kitchen Utensils
  • 9 inch round cake pan or springform pan
  • measuring cup
  • whisk or a hand mixer or electric mixer
  • measuring spoon 
  • medium mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • spatula
  • wax paper and draw an 9″ circle (optional)
Cake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 435 degrees F
  2. Using an 9 inch cake pan, either spray cooking spray or butter the bottom of the pan. Make sure to grease it well with butter or cooking spray so the cake won’t stick to the pan when it’s baked.  Optionally trace a circle of the bottom of the pan onto parchment paper and cut the circle out. Place the parchment paper circle onto the greased bottom of pan and set the pan aside.
  3. In mixing bowl, cream softened butter with granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy. 
  4. Beat the eggs one at a time into the mixing bowl.   
  5. Mix the flour with the baking powder in a separate small bowl.  
  6. Add the flour mixture into the mixing bowl. Beat until well blended. Turn the electric mixer off and use a spoon or spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl so every bit of batter gets mixed completely. 
  7. Add the milk gradually.  Mix until smooth until the batter comes together and no white bits of flour remain.  While mixing, stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula or spoon to ensure that everything is mixed thoroughly.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Use a spoon or spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl so every bit of batter makes it into the pan. Spread batter evenly
  9. Bake at 435 degrees on the center oven rack for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Careful not to over-bake the cake. It’s done when the cake feels firm to the touch or by inserting a toothpick into the middle and it comes out clean, rather than coated with batter.
  10. Let the cake cool in the cake pan on a baking wire rack for 10 minutes.  Then once cooled, run a small butter knife around the pan edges to loosen the sides from the pan.  Place the wire rack over the top of the pan, invert it, and tap it lightly to remove the cake.
  11. Let the cake cool for several hours. (for best flavor make the cake the night before)
  12. Make sure cake is completely cooled before cutting it into 2 cake layers. 

Assemble the Cake

  1. Remove bottom cake layer on to a serving plate or cake platter.   
  2. On the bottom layer spread the Custard Filling.  Then add  droplets of jam on top of vanilla cream.  Make sure there are plenty of droplets all over the vanilla cream surface.
  3. Place the top layer onto the first cake layer. 
  4. Whip the cream in a mixing bowl until frothy. 
  5. Spread on the top and the sides of cake with whipped cream.
  6. Spoon in a pastry bag and pipe over the cake.  Decorate with flags and candles for a birthday.  Add strawberry all around the edging of the cake.

  7. Please note that the cake can be assembled ahead of time (without the whipping cream) and refrigerated. The flavors blend well 
 

Here are the words that Karen Grete sung in the video

In Danish
I dag er det [name]s fødselsdag
Hurra, hurra, hurra!
han/hun sikkert sig en gave får
som han/hun har ønsket sig i år
med dejlig chokolade og kager til.

Translation in English
Today it is [name]’s birthday
Hurray, hurray, hurray!
He/she probably recieves a present
that he/she has wished for this year
with lovely chocolate and cakes.

Sometimes it is fun to mix and match old and new when setting a table. In this photo, we have an IKEA floral place mat, a Nordic pewter cake server, a vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Flower pitcher sitting behind the cake and to the left there is a vintage leaf shaped candy dish.  The cake is sitting on a Royal Copenhagen White Fan plate. Yes! The White Fan plate is so large that it could hold the large birthday cake!

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Dream Cake Recipe- Danish Coconut Brown Sugar Cake – Drømmekage Opskrift

 

When I was growing up in Denmark, I don’t remember hearing about Dream Cake or in Danish Drømmekage.  It has become popular in recent years. We received several requests for us to make this delicious Dream Cake. So here is my version. 

First we are going to make the topping.  Then, we will bake the cake.  Finally we will assemble the topping and cake.  Then eat!!

 
Click on the YouTube video 
to see how Karen Grete prepares the cake

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown soft sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

Kitchen Utensil

  • heavy medium sized saucepan
  • measuring cup
  • wooden spoon

Instruction

  1. Set saucepan over medium heat. Add soft butter, brown sugar and milk into the saucepan. Melt the mixture in the sauce pan. 
  2. Stir constantly to prevent the sugar from burning.
  3. Then add coconut and blend well.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened and some of the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Remove pan from heat. Set the mixture aside in another bowl until ready to spread over cake.

The mixture will reduce a little and also change color to a slightly darker shade of brown.  You want something thick enough that it will spread over the surface and not too liquidity so it runs over the cake. Next step is to make the cake.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of salted butter
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk (yogurt or buttermilk is optional)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kitchen Utensils

  • hand mixer or electric mixer
  • large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • wooden spoon
  • small sauce pan
  • 9 x 13 inch square or round baking pan.

    Instruction
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C . Spray or grease the pan.  Add 1 tablespoon flour to pan, shake flour around pan to coat bottom and sides, discard excess flour, set pan aside. If desired, line baking pan with parchment paper, then grease paper. If you want a thicker cake, use a smaller pan. If you want a thinner cake, use a larger pan too.

    In a small saucepan add butter and milk, warm over low heat until butter is melted. Little finger hot. Set aside the mixture to cool a little.

    In a large mixing bowl add eggs and sugar.  Using your electric mixer beat on high. Add vanilla extract into the egg mixture.  Continue to beat until mixture is yellow and thick (5 or more minutes).  If you’re not sure whether it’s thick enough, give it another minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Pour the milk mixture from the sauce pan into the bowl of egg mixture. Stir gently the mixture until well incorporated with a wooden spoon. 

    Next in a separate bowl whisk or sift together flour and baking powder so it is distributed evenly.  

    Add sifted flour mixture into the egg milk mixture with a wooden spoon.  Gently fold the flour into the eggs until smooth. trying to incorporate as much of the flour without knocking out the air from the eggs. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. 

    Pour dough into prepared pan. Scrape the batter from the mixing bowl into the pan.

    Bake in the middle of the oven for 18-20 minutes.  Insert with a toothpick or a long skewer into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out moist, then bake the cake a little longer. The cake should look light golden brown in color and is firm to the touch. You want to be sure it has baked thoroughly and will bear the weight of the topping to come.

    Remove cake from oven  Turn up the oven to 425 degrees F/225 degrees C.
      
    Immediately spread the coconut topping over the top of the cake evenly. Add tablespoons of filling at a time and smooth it out.. Do not pour all of coconut filling onto cake all at one time.  

    When oven has reached the new temperature, place cake back into the oven on the upper-middle shelf.  Bake the cake until the topping is a toasted deep golden in color for an additional 5-10 minutes  


    Cool cake in the pan completely on wire cooling rack before slicing and serving. 
    The topping sets into a lovely chewy caramel. 
    Cut cake into squares (or wedges, if baking cake in a round pan). Here we cut slices on a vintage Danish board from the 1970’s.  It is nice that there is place to put a knife on the board. 

    If you plan to celebrate, add a Danish flag as we did on the individual slices. It is traditional in Danish households to add a Danish flag on a cake when celebrating an event such as a birthday.

    Serve with the cake slices either coffee, tea, or milk. It is a wonderful treat to have any time of the day. Enjoy!
     

    We hope you enjoyed the video on how to make this Smørrebrød and recipe! If you like the video, please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel Scandinavian Today.  Our channel has videos including 

    *how to make Danish Christmas rice pudding with cherry sauce dessert recipe (Risalamande med kirsebærsauce)


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    Honey Ginger Cake Recipe – Honning Ingefær Kage Opskrift

    When I bake the Honey Ginger cake, it brings back memories visiting my grandfather as a child.  He would go to the local bakery and I buy me a slice of ginger cake.  Hope you enjoy this recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 2/3 cups of honey, liquid
    • 5 ounces of butter
    • 3/4 cup of brown sugar 
    • 3 eggs 
    • 2 cups of flour
    • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
    • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    • 1 to 2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 
    • 1/2 a cup of candied fruit cake mix, chopped
    • 1/8 cup of candied ginger, chopped

    Kitchen Utensils

    • large bowl
    • medium bowl
    • electric or hand mixer
    • wooden spoon
    • measuring cup 
    • toothpick or long skewer

    Instructions:
    1: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter, honey and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

     
    2:  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cloves, ground ginger and cinnamon.
     
    3: Add the flour mixture a little at a time into the egg mixture. Mix with an electric mixer.  Continue adding a little at a time of the flour mixture.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Then fold in the candied fruits.

    4: Butter, or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, a loaf pan. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan  Bake in the center of a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 50 to 60 minutes. 

    5: Insert with a toothpick or a long skewer into the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs. If the toothpick comes out moist, then bake the cake a little longer. 

    6: Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

    Serve with coffee, tea, milk or even hot chocolate! Enjoy!

    Honey Ginger Cake Recipe – Honning Ingefær Kage Opskrift by Karen Grete & Heidi (mother/daughter team). 

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    How To Make Bread Pudding

     

    We were inspired to make bread pudding when we heard one of the celebrity chefs was going to serve bread pudding at an award show.  I was planning to see the awards show to see which international movies were going to win.  So, I thought it would be fun to serve bread pudding during the evening of the show.  I really like this recipe because of the ingredients such as honey, raisins and diced apples. So, let’s get started!

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 a cup of honey
    • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
    • 5 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
    • 1/2 cup of raisins
    • 1 cup of diced apples
    • 3 cups of torn bread
    • 2 cups of milk
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    Click on our YouTube video 
    to see how Karen Grete prepares this delicious dessert!

     Kitchen Utensils

    • 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan
    • measuring cups
    • small-medium pot
    • wooden spoon
    • measuring spoons
    • large mixing bowl
    • medium bowl


    Instructions 

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.

    Next break cups of bread into small pieces into a medium-large bowl.  Heat the milk on medium heat.  Add honey and brown sugar into the milk. No need to boil the milk.  Just need the  honey and brown sugar to melt. 

    Next pour some of the milk custard mixture over the 3 cups of torn bread. (The rest of the milk will be mixed with the eggs.)  Lightly push down with a fork the bread until it is covered and soaking up the egg mixture. Let the bread mixture sit for 20 minutes.

    Next add 5 eggs into a large mixing bowl. Then, pour and whisk the remaining warm milk mixture into the eggs.  Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla and cinnamon (optional) into the egg mixture. Beat until well mixed. Add 1/2 a cup of raisins and 1 cup of diced apples.  Finally add the 3 cups of torn bread that has been soaking in the milk mixture. Mix well. Pour bread mixture into a prepared baking pan. 

    Set the baking dish in a large, shallow roasting pan. Add very hot tap water to the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the baking dish.  Now we are ready to put this into the preheated oven and bake for an hour. Bake the bread pudding until a knife inserted near the center comes out almost clean,

     

    Serve warm or at room temperature. Generously dust the top of each slice with confectioners’ sugar or with a rum sauce.   Check out our recipe blog post to make the rum sauce.

    http://scandinavtoday.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-to-make-rum-sauce-for-desserts-and.html

    Below are 3 different ways to serve the bread pudding with the run sauce.

    Serve the bread pudding in a bowl. Which is great because you can add as much rum sauce as you like in a bowl.

    Serve the bread pudding in a pretty glass such as a martini glass. This will really look impressive if you have guests.

    Serve the bread pudding on a plate.  You can give it a pretty presentation with the rum sauce.

    We hoped you like our recipe and serving ideas. Enjoy!

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