22 Jun 2014

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Danish Delights: Hindbærsnitter

HindbærsnitteThe above is a “hindbærsnitte” or “raspberry slice” directly translated. But oh – the amount of fun you miss out on with a simple translation like that! It’s not so much the raspberry part, because a raspberry is a raspberry (is a raspberry). It’s the “snitte”, which incidentally is my favourite word these days. First of all it can mean anything sliced, be it a slice of “smørrebrød” – the open-faced sandwich for which Danes are so famous. Or something sweet, such as a “makronsnitte” (a very sweet, baked, sliced goodie with macaroon and apple) or “walessnitte” (a slice of choux pastry, sometimes with white icing and red currant jelly). My favourite though is when it’s used with reference to fingers. Hence, “keep your fingers off the hindbærsnitter!” would be “hold snitterne fra hindbærsnitterne!”. Wonderful, right? Finally, there’s the snitte-twice-removed, which is when it means a foxy lady: “Now that’s one delicious little cupcake!” = “Se det er en lækker lille snitte!”. Also: A little bird just reminded me that a snitte can also refer to a line of coke. So there you have it. Not even Meryl Streep is that versatile. But I guess it doesn’t make you any the wiser as to the actual concept of the “hindbærsnitte”.

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22 Jun 2010

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Danish Delights: Kransekage (only 4 more posts to go)

Whenever I categorise a post as a “Danish Delight”, it’s more of an intuitive thing than an actual proven fact. It’s just this feeling that these recipes have something very Danish about them and that they are rarely seen in other countries (but maybe not “never”, seeing as I haven’t been to every single bakery in the world). On top of that there are the endless traditions and memories attached to the enjoyment of these delights. Such as this “Kransekage”, that I have written about before here, only in the more festive New Year’s Eve version (it’s all in the fancy shape).

As you can see from the three posts in the link, I have never fully mastered the art of the perfect icing, but when I saw the Danish tv-show called “Det søde liv“, I had to give it another go. Now, if you look at the icing, it’s almost uncannily white and incandescent. Toothpaste couldn’t have made a whiter result and it’s all in one tiny detail: The beating.

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