[The Danish answer to Cinnamon buns] Kanelsnegl

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After I spent the last couple of months with working, studying and traveling, now it’s finally time for the next recipe + travel review! Maybe you already saw some pictures on my Instagram account about my travels to Argentina, Brasil, Dubai and Copenhagen. Today I am starting with my travel review about my short but first trip to Denmark! Of course I brought you a recipe form Copenhagen for the most delicious Danish cinnamon buns ever! But before I present you the recipe, I will share with you my favourite spots in Copenhagen!

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Nyhavn

You can pretty much get me with every city which is located at the waterfront! Not surprisingly, this was my favourite spot in Copenhagen. Actually the city offers some great waterfront spots, but this is one of the best ones. To give you a short historical insight: In 1671 King Frederik the Third connected the Kongens Nytorv and the harbor through a canal, to facilitate the transport of goods. The houses besides the canal were inhabited by the merchants, who then had their ships right on the doorstep. The word Nyhavn means “new harbour”. Nowadays you can find restaurants, cafes and pubs here all lined up. This was the place were we couldn’t miss out the insanely good waffles (with soft ice and sprinkles on top!). I could have spent hours here looking at the colorful houses, the blue sky and pretty ships, with a waffle in the hand – Loved it!

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Tivoli

Tivoli is one of the happiest places in Denmark or rather the largest amusement park in the country! Since 1843 Tivoli offers a wide range of attractions for all ages. There are the traditional rides like carousels and bumper cars, but as well  rollercoasters. There are live events such as concerts. We were lucky, because every saturday there is a  live band playing blues and jazz music. In addition, there are of course hundreds of options to eat and drink. Such as a little China Town, a french place or cute little cafés. All in all, the hours we spend there, felt like being in a dreamland, comparable to Disneyland, but pretty much smaller!

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Little Mermaid

When I came back from my trip the first question of my friends was “Did you see the Little Mermaid? Isn’t she small?”. Yes, I saw her and yes she is much smaller than I thought. I had the same situation when I saw the “Mona Lisa” in Louvre for the first time: Such a small masterpiece and lots of people around it! Déjá-vue! First we couldn’t really see her, because it was so crowded! The Little Mermaid is based on the fairy tale of Hans Christian Anderson. After my trip I had to read the fairy tale, becauseHans Christian Anderson is such a famous writer and it is an important part of the Danish culture. Basically the fairy tale is about a young mermaid, who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. I won’t reveal the end of the story, but it of course contains romance.

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More places to go…

  • Visit Sostrene Grene: Here, you can get everyting like wine, marmelade, kitchen stuff, soaps, stationary, candy, decoration… – Perfect place to buy some great gifts and souvenirs!
  • Magasin du Nord: This is the oldest department store in Scandinavia and offers eyerything in a ympathic ambiente
  • Illums Bolighus: Huge department store which offers exquisite nordic design (just window shopping for us)
  • Danish Design Museum: about architecure and the special danish design aspects
  • Torvehallerne: Beautiful street market with delicious food and drinks (and flowers, fruit and so on!) Worth a visit!!

Food

I promise you: You won’t starve in Denmark! I was greatly impressed by the range of food and especially of the fact that Danish people are crazy about healthy food. One night we returned from an Irish Pub and it was about 4 or 5 in the morning and we entered a 7 Eleven to get something to eat. Instead of food like pizza or chocolate, we found a variety of different whole-grained breads, ginger shots, superfood and paleo salats. Hats off, Copenhagen!

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Besides the healthy aspects there are typical specialities like Smorrebrod (= open-faced sandwiches with everything you want on it, such as cheese, ham, fish etc.), waffles, soft ice (with a thinn layer of chocolate!), hot dogs and of course cinnamon buns! The cinnamon buns really got me! There are less sweeter than the american ones and more fluffy and have a taste of caramel because of the brown sugar! My person heaven, therefore I will show you my recipe for homemade Kanelsnegl!

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Kanelsnegl [cinnamon buns]

Ingredients:
500 g flour
250 ml milk
42g fresh yeast
pinch of salt
80 g sugar
80 butter

filling:
100 g butter
80 g brown sugar
40 g white sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon

glazing:
100 g confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl crumble yeast and mix with 5 tbsp. of the warm milk and one tbsp. of the white sugar. Let the yeast work for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl whisk together flour and the rest oft the sugar and salt. Then add the yeast mix, the rest of the milk and the melted butter. Knead until a smooth dough comes out. Now cover with a cotton dish towel and put it at a warm place and let the dough work again for 60 minutes.
  3. Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  4. For the filling: Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the bottom side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 1 -2 cm slices.
  5. Preheat oven to 175°C and prepare a baking tray by layering with baking paper. Place cinnamon buns onto the prepared baking tray.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. For the glazing: Combine confectioner’s sugar and water and sprinkle over the buns. Best served  warm!

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Enjoy!

xxx

Caprice

 

 

[irresistible chocolately breakfast…] Mini chocolate croissants

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I couldn’t resist making another breakfast idea for you.. As much as I love to make and eat homemade cornflakes, oatmeal or porridge, hot scrambled eggs with bacon and toast, crunchy granola, fresh fruit, creamy yoghurt, slighty moist and rich banana bread, sweet buns with marmelade or honey, fresh whole-grain bread with a lot of cheese, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, fruity smoothies, crispy waffles with fruit and delicious french toast… (I could continue like this forever..) But today was time for an extraordinary breakfast.

And if I say extraordinary I mean one of the most elaborate and ambitious recipes: Chocolate croissant ! To make croissants you need not only a lot of patience and sensitiveness, you also need to stick strict to the recipe and cooling times. Therefore I only make chocolate crossaints for very special occasions and people I really love (when you read the recipe you will understand what I mean)!

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But the effort is absolutely worth it! Homemade chocolate croissants (with your favorite chocolate inside) are light and flaky but also rich and buttery in taste.

Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Enjoy!

… By the way, also amazing with white or dark chocolate!

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Mini chocolate croissants

ingredients:
for the butter plate:
150 g butter
25 g flour

for the yeast dough:
25 g active yeast
30 g butter
250 g flour
150 ml milk
50 g sugar
salt

for the chocolate filling:
80-100 g of your favorite chocolate (milk, white or dark chocolate)
50 g chocolate for decoration

1 egg yolk
3-4 tbsp. heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Prepare the butter plate. Mix 150 g butter and 25g flour. Then take a plastic wrap and put the mixed butter and flour between one layer of plastic wrap. With a rolling pin roll the dough into a 20 x 12 cm plate. Leave in the wrapping and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. For the yeast dough warm up the milk and solve the active yeast inside the milk. In another bowl mix flour, sugar, melted butter and the salt. Slowly add the yeast-milk mix and knead together until dough is smooth. Wrap in and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Now comes the tricky part! Take the yeast dough out of the fridge and roll it into a 40 x 25 cm rectangle. Take the butter plate and place it right in the middle of the yeast dough (this should be easy because of the plastic wrap). Remove wrapping. Then fold the yeast dough around the butter plate until it’s completely covered with it (just fold it lengthwise first and crosswise afterwards). Take your rolling pin again and carefully roll out the dough again until it’s the same size gain (40 x 25 cm). Fold it again like before. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes repeat the rolling and folding part again. Then put the dough into the fridge for 1 hour. Roll out again into a long rectangular (approximately about 80 cm long and 15 cm wide). Cut into equilateral triangles.
  4. For the chocolate filling. Take your favorite chocolate and cut into smaller chunks. Take a triangle and roll it out to enlarge slightly. Now place the chocolate at the shortest end and roll towards the tip. The dough should overlap about 2-3 times with the tip sticking out from underneath. If you want you can shape the ends of the croissant inward, forming a the typical crescent shape.
  5. Preheat oven to 210°C. Prepare baking sheets with baking paper. Place the croissants on the sheets. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and heavy cream, and lightly brush over the tops of your croissants.
  6. Depending on your oven and the size bake them for about 15-20 minutes. After baking remove from oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before remove completely to a wire rack. For decoration melt 50 g of chocolate and sprinkle over croissants.

 

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Have fun baking!

xxx

[perfect for breakfast in bed] Sweet Buns

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Imagine a lazy sunday moring… You just woke up, the sun is shining through the curtains of your window and you still feel warm, sleepy and cozy. You are absolutely not in the mood of getting up and leave your comfortable and homy bed… But your begging for a hot coffee to enjoy in bed..?

Yep, then you are a breakfast-in-bed-person (just like me)!

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There is no better way to start your sunday mornings like this. Hot coffee or tea, a fresh orange juice and your favorite breakfast like cereals, toast, crossaints, eggs, bacon (!), pancakes, scones, muffins, waffles, etc… Today I will present you some sweet buns, which are perfect to be eaten in bed, because they are crumble-free and amazing together with your favorite marmelade (on the pictures you can see my favorite homemade Amaretto mango marmelade!). I added a few cranberries to intensify the fruity taste. Sounds like the perfect start, right?

So, keep in mind to have breakfast in bed with your favorite person next weekend!

Sweet buns

ingredients:
650 g flour
40 g sugar
pinch of salt
21 g fresh active yeast
125 g potato mash (about 3 small potatoes)
60 g butter
1 egg
125 ml milk
125 ml buttermilk
50 g (or more) dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. For the potato mash just cook 125 g potatoes and mash them with a fork. While still warm mix in the butter.
  2. In another bowl mix the egg, milk and buttermilk (ingredients should be room temperatured). Crumble the yeast and add it to the mix. Now take the potato mash and mix in the bowl as well.
  3. In another bowl mix flour, sugar, salt, cranberries and add this mix to the liquid ingredients. Knead for about 5-10 minutes until a very smooth and not sticky dough comes out. Let it rest for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 190°C. Take the dough, knead it again and form any shapes you like. Place on a baking paper and let the yeast react again for 20 minutes. Then bake buns for 20-25 minutes (depends on size of your buns! But be careful and don’t bake them for too long, then your buns will be dry and crumbly). Let them cool on a wire rack and enjoy them still warm.

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice