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Marieboller - Fastelavnsboller

Cake, Desserts, HolidayTove Balle-Pedersen2 Comments

Marieboller or marie buns is a fastelavn bun filled with vanilla custard. Fastelavn buns can come in many shapes and sizes. Some are baked with remounce and custard, some are filled with a a cream custard like this marie bun.

Fastelavn is a similar tradition as the American Halloween if you add some kind of piñata in the form of  barrel.  Children get dressed up, and go a kinda trick and treating in the early afternoon. You can read more about the Danish fastelavns traditions here.

Ingredients:

Vanilla custard:

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2,5 dl milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

  • heavy whipping cream, whippe

Pastry (piecrust): 

  • 150 g cold butter, salted

  • 250 g all-purpose flour

  • 75 g confectionary sugar (powdered sugar)

  • 1 egg

Cream puff (choux dough):

  • 300 ml water

  • 150 g butter, salted

  • 175 g all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch baking powder

  • 4 eggs

Sprinkles:

  • confectionary sugar (powdered sugar)

Directions:

Vanilla custard:

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale in color. Whisk in the cornstarch and vanilla paste.

Heat the milk to a slow boil, set aside. 

While whisking vigorously drizzle the warm milk into the egg yolk mixture, just a tiny bit at a time at first. Once you’ve added about ¼ of the milk, you can add the rest in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly.

Pour the mixture back in the saucepan and reheat it over medium heat. Whisk constantly until it starts to boil and is thickened. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.  Sprinkle with sugar or press some plastic wrap against the custard so it won't form a pudding skin. Chill the custard completely in the refrigerator.

When the custard is cold, whip the heavy whipping cream. Fold the whipped cream in the custard a little at a time till you get the desired taste and texture. 

Pastry (piecrust): 

Mix the butter in the flour and sugar in a stand mixer. Add the egg and mix just until the dough starts to lump together. Form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it rest for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Divide the dough in two, and roll each in a rectangle 8¼ x 11 inch (21x28 cm). Cut the rectangles into 12 squares each.

Cream puff (choux dough):

Preheat the oven to 400℉ (200℃). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Put water and butter in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. In a bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt. When the butter is all melted add all the flour at once, and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. Lower the heat and keep stirring until a dough is formed and it pulls away from the sides of the pan and is slightly shiny. 

Keep beating the dough with the wooden spoon until slightly cooled, about 2 minutes.  

Beat all the eggs in a bowl. Add a little of the beaten eggs, incorporating it thoroughly before adding more. Add the egg in small amounts until you have a thick paste but not runny at all.

Scoop the 24 dough ball onto 2 parchment paper lined baking sheet. If you have small tips on the puffs anyway, dab the tops of each puff with a fingertip dipped in water to smoothen the tops.

Brush the cream puffs with some egg whites, and place one of the pastry squares on top, pressing the corners onto the parchment paper. 

Bake the puffs for 18-20 minutes, until they are puffed up and golden brown.

DO NOT open the oven while baking cream puffs, it will cause them to deflate.

Let the puffs cool on a wire rack.

Cut the buns in half and fill it with prepared vanilla custard. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar and serve with a nice cup of coffee or tea. 

Enjoy!

Cremelinser - Custard filled Tartlets

Cake, DessertsTove Balle-PedersenComment
Cremelinser - Custard filled Tartlets

Cremelinser - Custard filled Tartlets

Danes like their cakes. Cremelinser or custard filled tartlets is another classic danish cake. The cake is not overly sweet, but has great textures. I really like the crispy flaky crust with the creamy vanilla filling.

I remember cremelinser as an old lady cake, mostly because we only got them when we went to visit my grandmother. I got a new appreciation for the cake, working at the baker's shop, where we sold loads of them to people in all ages.

Makes 8-10 tartlets.

Ingredients:

Custard:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2,5 dl milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Pastry:

  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 150 g butter, salted and room temperature
  • 100 g confectionary sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 egg

Directions:

Custard:

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale in color. Whisk in the cornstarch and vanilla paste.

Heat the milk to a slow boil, set aside. 

While whisking vigorously drizzle the warm milk into the egg yolk mixture, just a tiny bit at a time at first. Once you’ve added about ¼ of the milk, you can add the rest in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly.

Pour the mixture back in the saucepan and reheat it over medium heat. Whisk constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.  Sprinkle with sugar or press some plastic wrap against the custard so it won't form a pudding skin. Chill the custard completely in the refrigerator.

Pastry:

Mix the butter in the flour and sugar in a stand mixer. Add the egg and mix just until the dough starts to lump together. Form the dough into 2 discs and wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 360℉ (180℃).

On a floured surface roll one of the dough discs to about 1/10-inch (3 mm) thickness. Cut out round a little larger than the tartlet pans. Line the pans, letting the dough hanging a bit over the edge. 

Roll out the other disc to the same thickness, and cut out rounds for tartlet lids.

Fill the tartlets ⅔ with the custard, and place the lid on top. Gently press down along the edge to seal the tartlet. Bake the tartlets for 15-20 minutes until light golden brown. The cooking time will vary depending on size.

Let the tartlets cool completely before removing from the pans. 

Enjoy!

Napoleonshatte - Napoleon Hats

Cake, Cookies, DessertsTove Balle-PedersenComment
Napoleonshatte - Napoleon Hats

Napoleonshatte - Napoleon Hats

Napoleon hats are a stable in the Danish Baker's Shops. The cake is made from shortcrust pastry with a filling of kransekage dough, then dipped in a good dark chocolate. Napoleon hats are one of the cakes I have to have when I'm visiting Denmark. They are really delicious, and to be honest, this homemade version with real marzipan is so much better than the ones you can buy at most baker's shops. 

The cake is named after the (funny) hat of the French General and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.  

Makes 16.

Ingredients:

Pastry:

  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 150 g butter, salted and room temperature
  • 100 g confectionary sugar
  • 1 egg

Filling:

Dipped in:

250 g dark chocolate, tempered

Directions:

Pastry:

Mix the butter in the flour and sugar in a stand mixer. Add the egg and mix just until the dough starts to lump together. Form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

On a floured surface roll the dough to about 1/10-inch (3mm) thickness. Cut out rounds about 3⅕-inch (8 cm) in diameter.

Preheat the oven to 400℉ (200℃).

Filling:

In the making

In the making

Beat the egg white with the sugar until combined, mix in the marzipan a little at a time. Divide the mixture into 16 balls. 

Place a ball unto the center of each pastry round. Fold three flaps of the circle up, pressing it into the marzipan ball, so it sticks. Use three finger to make it even. 

Bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Let the cakes cool completely. Place the cooled cakes in the refrigerator until you are ready with the tempered chocolate.

Dip the bottom of the cake in tempered dark chocolate, scrape excess chocolate off the cake. Set the cake on its side with the chocolate pointing up, until the chocolate has set.

Serve the napoleon hats with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Enjoy!

Just dipped in chocolate

Just dipped in chocolate

Coconut Macaroons - kokosmakroner

Cake, CookiesTove Balle-PedersenComment
Coconut Macaroons - kokosmakroner

Coconut Macaroons - kokosmakroner

I love cocos macaroons aka kokosmakaroner. I love the crispy crust and the sweet soft center. And the cookie just get better when dipped in a good chocolate. Everything gets better with chocolate. 

We learned to make these macaroons in home economic in school, well we learned a simpler version, but this recipe adapted from Food52, elevates the simple macaroon to a whole new level.

Makes 12-16 small cookies.

Ingredients:

Cookies:

Dipping:

  • 150 g dark chocolate (I used valrhona)

Directions:

Cookies:

Put all ingredients in a large heatproof bowl, I used a stainless steel bowl. Place it on the top of a pot with boiling water, taken off the heat. Stir the mixture until the egg starts to thicken and turn opaque. Remove the bowl from the pot, and set aside for about 20-30 minutes. This gives the coconut time to absorb the liquid.

Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

With wet hands form 10-12 ball, and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Shape the balls to peaks. 

Bake the cookies for 5 minutes, you just want the tips to begin to color. Lower the heat to 325℉ (165℃). Continue to bake the cookies for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown with darker edges. 

Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack before gently removing them from the parchment paper.

Dip the macaroons in tempered chocolate. The macaroons will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

Enjoy!