Adventures in Copenhagen

Month: May, 2014

Hveder på Store Bededag

Store Bededag translates into “Great Prayer Day”. I’m not completely sure what it is about (praying I suppose) and also the Danes are a little unsure what is celebrated. It comes on the 4th Friday after Easter and it’s only celebrated in Denmark. The day before it is tradition to buy “hveder” in the bakery which are basically just plain white bread buns. These are then eaten warm with some butter on them. Of course I had to try myself so I went to buy one at the local bakery. It is really the most boring bread ever and it’s a very curious tradition. I decided to look it up and this is what I found out about it. The bread buns have no religious meaning whatsoever but a very practical one (we are in Denmark after all). Because when the church bells rang back in the days, everybody had to stop working, bakers included. They would therefor make these easy buns the day before (Thursday) so that people could warm them up themselves.

This is how one looks like


I tasted it but I have to say my opinion remains the same: boring white bread. Had to put a little more then butter on it to enjoy it.



Making Dreamy Drømmekage

It was a rainy Sunday so I decided to try and make this famous Drømmekage (= Dreamcake) so I could drink tea and eat it while watching a dreamy movie (which eventually I didn’t). Also because I just reached 2 weeks of no sugar so I decided I could have a little weekend treat.

Actually, one of my Italian friends just got a new job back in Italy in a hotel where she needs to bake a lot of cakes and cookies for the kitchen so she is asking me all the time to give her some easy recipes. I decided to try it out myself first and then pass it on.

I found an easy recipe online and, after buying all the necessary ingredients in Superbrugsen, I started with the process:

4 eggs
300 gr. white sugar (or light cane sugar)
250 gr. flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 dl milk
50 gr. butter

100 gr. butter
150 gr. coconut flour
225 gr. Muscovado sugar (brun farin)
1/2 dl. milk

Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together. Turn it gently into the mix. Heat the milk and butter (not too warm, just to melt the butter) and turn it in the mix. Pour it all into a baking pan. Put into the oven at 200 ºC.

Put the butter, coconut flour, sugar and milk in a saucepan. Bring it to boil while stirring. Take the cake out of the oven after 20 minutes and put it on top. Give the cake another 5 minutes in the oven.

I have to say I was pretty satisfied with my first attempt. And also the Danes approved.

It’s time for some more healthier snacks next weekend.