Sweet Treats

Take a bite, close your eyes and enjoy.

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Herregårdskage (Manor Cake)

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Looking at Danish recipe books is one of my favorite things to do… besides baking. I came across a recipe for this cake and I knew right away, it had to be on my menu. This cake is so Danish, so homey and so filled with hygge. One bite and I feel transported back to my childhood home.

The cake is deliciously moist inside, with a crunchy coconut meringue topping. Not too sweet, just sweet enough.

The name translated to English is misleading because I learned that Manor Cake is a fruit cake. But since herregård is manor in English, Manor Cake is the direct translation of the Danish name. How the cake got its name is a bit of a mystery to me. Perhaps it’s because there is something stately over its appearance. Or maybe it was a favorite of the Danish nobility. One can speculate but one thing is for sure, this is a favorite cake of mine.

Kanel Snegle (Cinnamon Rolls)

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The smell of cinnamon and cardamom will fill your house when you bake these. Growing up, my mom would sometimes bake them straight from the freezer to have with coffee in the afternoon, but we would also have them from the bakery as dessert after breakfast, on special occasions. Now my own family loves it when I make these, and they have become a traditional part of Christmas Day brunch the years we don’t go to Denmark for the holidays.  They are deliciously gooey and just sweet enough with a simple frosting to top it off.

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