2 Nov 2009

Danish Delights: Flødeboller

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This is NOT a 10 minute treat. Not by a longshot. But oh my G does it hit the spot after 2-3 hours of messing about in the kitchen. While it may not be a beginner’s recipe, it’s not as hard as one might think. The only problem is the chocolate, but come on, when has chocolate ever really been a problem?

Chocolate drippings everywhere just give you an extra excuse to taste the stuff as you go along.

Apart from the odd Swedish or German interpretations of the concept “flødebolle” (~ “cream roll” though no cream or rolls are involved), I believe they are mostly a Danish invention. At least I know we’ve been the ones taking it to a higher level during the last decade or so. Basically a flødebolle consist of three things: A waffle or marzipan base cut into circles, a filling made of whipped egg whites and sugar (a bit like Italian meringue) and a chocolate “cover”. That’s it. But when you buy them from chocolatiers in Copenhagen, e.g. A XOCO (the best place for innovative and immaculate chocolate in Denmark as far as I’m concerned – they call it chocolate gastronomy and that’s pretty much what it is), you get so much more. The version I made was inspired by our recent visit to the probably most infamous 2 star Michelin restaurant here called noma. Their filling was raspberry flavoured and it really brought me to my knees. (UPDATE: I have learned later that it was probably beetroot back then). Let’s get this party started:
Flødeboller (makes about 40 with a 4 cm diameter base)
Recipe adapted from a Mad&Vin ad
Meringue filling
  • 3 (pasteurized) egg whites
  • 20 grams sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 15 raspberries, mashed (you can choose to remove the seeds by pressing them through a sieve first)
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  • 50 grams water
  • 225 grams sugar
Base
  • 150 grams marzipan
  • 20 grams chopped almonds
Chocolate cover
  • 200 grams very dark chocolate, e.g. Lindt 85% cocoa which has a very nice acidity
1) Mix the almonds with the marzipan and use a rolling pin to roll it out on a slightly floured surface until it is about 4 mm thick. Cut circles into the marzipan using a small glass with a diameter of about 4 cm. Place an oven rack on some baking paper (for the chocolate drippings) and then place the circles on the rack. The leftover bits can be re-rolled and cut into squares and filled in the same way, but use them as tasters for later.
2) Whip the egg whites in a metal or glass bowl (important because of the heat later on) and add the sugar as they begin to turn stiff. Keep whipping until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Set aside.
3) Boil a syrup in a saucepan using the water and sugar. Let it reach 117 degrees Celcius and at that exact point, take if from the heat and whip it into the egg whites with an electric mixer, making sure you pour as slowly and as closely to the inside of the bowl as possible so it DOES NOT hit the mixer in the bowl. Be careful as the bowl can turn quite hot from the syrup. Keep whipping until it has colled down. When all of the syrup has been mixed, add the mashed/de-seeded raspberries and mix it well. At the end the mixture should be shiny, slightly “bouncy” and you should be able to form little peaks with the tip of your mixer. If not, keep mixing for another while.
4) Pour some of the mixture into a piping bag with a round-holed tip, squeeze it gently and twist it to keep the mixture in place. And here starts the tricky part. Squeeze out a little of the meringue onto one of the marzipan bases. MAKE SURE you squeeze it out evenly, because otherwise you will have trouble covering it evenly with the chocolate afterwards. A trick I learned along the way (did I mention this was my first time?) was this:
  • Place the tip of the piping bag on the middle of a marzipan circle.
  • Hold it upright and squeeze out an even blob that goes almost to the edge of the base
  • Stick the tip into the blob and squeeze some more, always lifting it slightly upwards as you go. This should result in layered “waves” of meringue that turn smaller as you reach the wanted height. Mine were about 7 cm tall. See above photo for details.
  • When all of the bases have been topped with meringue, leave them to set for 30 mins.
5) After about 20 mins. melt the chocolate in a bain marie (water bath) and leave it to cool to a “finger-temperature”. You can always try pouring it onto one of your testers and see if the meringue melts. If not, you’re ready to go. If it is too cold, reheat it gently, otherwise it won’t run down the sides and cover the meringue properly. When you’re pretty confident the chocolate is just right, pour it over each meringue top using a cup. Leave them to set. This is were I still need some clarification from a chocolatier because how the hell does one get the chocolate to cover completely? Even with all my precautions the flødebolle on the picture top right was still one of the prettiest of the bunch and that says a lot. Luckily I’m going on a chocolate course tomorrow evening and I will try to ask the chocolatier about this, so I might have some answers for you soon. If not, they are still extremely delicious in the more “rustic” version. The combination of the sweet meringue, and the acidity of the chocolate and the raspberries can’t possibly be ruined by shaky design only. Plus, the almonds render the base slightly crunchy which is very very nice. Now go on, be bold and try it out. The reward is huge and mouthwateringly addictive! The flødeboller must be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They can keep for 2-3 days but then the sugar starts crystallizing on the inside and the raspberry juicy starts dripping slightly. Not bad tasting but definitely better when they’re fresh.

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14 Responses to “Danish Delights: Flødeboller”

  1. Anne says:

    Hej Heidi, hvor ser de bare lækre ud. Jeg bliver helt flødebollesulten nu :)
    Kh Anne

  2. Benedikte says:

    Ditto.
    Faldt over denne blog. Det kan være du kender den. Tænkte ihvertfald, den kunne falde i din smag. http://scanwiches.com/page/2

  3. Heidi says:

    Det er mit mål at sætte gang i spytproduktionen, så godt at høre at jeg er på vej;-)

    Lækkert link – selvom man måske savner en opskrift på nogle af lækkerierne. Er selv mest til OBLT sandwichen fra 5. juni og har nu mega lyst til bacon. Øv, og savl. Linket er sat på listen.

  4. PROVINS says:

    Ej det lyder og ser da for lækkert ud!!

  5. [...] as a special tribute to the danish gourmet restaurant noma, that was just named “the world’s best restaurant” by restaurant magazine, i’m writing the whole post without capital letters. i mean, if they can reach the peak of gastronomy with a tiny-lettered name and some locally grown carrots, so can i. even without the carrots. anyway, on this very festive occasion (need i mention my swelling pride on their behalf and also mine seeing as i live in the same city, and have at least once (well really only that one time) paid an astronomic bill in their fine establishment) argh! am losing my focus with all this parenthesis business. well, as a celebration of this huge achievement, i will finally show you some of the pics from our lunch at noma back in october. and note, that the last “flødebolle” (chocolate thing with pink meringue filling) was the inspiration for my own flødeboller. [...]

  6. Ash says:

    These were really delicious! I didn’t have any marzipan on hand but I used dark chocolate wheatens for the base. I separated the mirangue mixture after I had finished whipping it (after adding the sugar syrup) and added raspberries to have and vanilla bean to the other. Both were delicious. If I could make one comment, they weren’t as fluffy as the ones you get in Denmark although that may be because I didn’t whip them enough(?).

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  7. Heidi says:

    Hi Ash

    First of all thank you for your feedback. As you might have noticed, I don’t get that many comments around here. Most people just read without leaving a trace (which is also fine with me). Anyway, was thrilled that you tried the recipe and liked it. About your question, if I understand you right, the kind of fluffiness you’re referring to, is the kind you can only get in the “industrial” branch of flødeboller, that is Samba and similar brands. They have a more bubbly fluffiness as opposed to the kind in this recipe which looks more like the “artisan” variety from Summerbird. I don’t think you can achieve that airy fluffiness in the homemade kind. But as far as I’m concerned, the dense, creamy version is the superior one…Anyway, sorry to tell you that, but hope you will feel like making them again anyway. You already inspired me to make some this afternoon. Made one batch with salty licorice and another with coffee. Might put up a picture if I get around to it this weekend.

  8. [...] ROUND: I tried this recipe from an old ad for Magasin (Danish department store) with a few tweaks of my own. The result was very delicious, although not [...]

  9. Sharron says:

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN BUY DANISH FLODEBOLLER IN AUSTRALIA?

  10. Heidi says:

    Hi Sharron

    I’m sorry to say that I have no clue about that. I only recommend trying your hand at it at home…

    Heidi

  11. Katherine says:

    Ok, I made them tonight! off the charts! with homemade cocktails, to die for roast beef sandwiches the entire thing took 5+ hours. We made a party of it. Let me tell you right now, worth every single second to make these things! Just do it! I did marzipan bottoms on one set and a wafer cracker on the other. Freeze Dried Raspberries / Powdered Licorice. I took the meringue piped it in to my mouth. The entire thing was a life experience. Just make them! Heidi, thank you for all of your support. These will be made again. I will send you photos tomorrow!

  12. Heidi says:

    No sweat. I’m just absolutely delighted that you succeeded and were happy with the results. Plus I’m loving the menu. Big fan of anything including roast beef and cocktails. Would love to see the final babies in their full glory.

  13. Mindy B says:

    I want to make these as coffee-flavored but can’t find a recipe for those! How do you make coffee-flavored?

  14. Heidi says:

    Hi Mindy!

    Thank you for your request. Coffee is an excellent choice and you can read about it in this post (at “3)” just above the last photo): http://www.velbekomme.com/flodeboller-part-50-000-or-iii-but-whos-counting/#more-2432
    If you can’t get a hold of liquid coffee extract, you can try grating some instant coffee (1-2 tsp I should think, but add it little by little so you can stop in time) to the meringue towards the end. That should do it. Good luck!

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