May 28, 2022

Birthday coffee 2022

For the first time in 2 years I could invite guests for a birthday coffee on my actual birthday. This was really great and fantastic to have a house full of guests again after corona. 

A classic Danish birthday coffee contains three key ingredients: freshly baked bun served with plenty of butter, cream cake and hot chocolate. Hot chocolate or drinking chocolate has no space inside my kitchen, as I DISLIKE the taste of hot chocolate and cocoa milk !!! I still recall my dislike, when I as a child was served hot chocolate at the other children´s birthday :-(

So instead of hot chocolate my guests could choose to kick of the evening with either a glass of sparkling wine or a glass of Frozen Rose or both. The Frozen Rose got a lot of fans this evening. And as usual this gets the talk running, before we sat down at the table.

And as usual we start of the eating part with saffron buns saffron buns, which I always make for my birthday. For me saffron buns really equal birthday celebration for me, as the use of saffron in huge amount is a great way to celebrate life/birthdays.

Afterwards it was time for the first cake in form of a cream cake with a filling of rhubarb compote, pickled rhubarb on the top and the cream filling being a mixture of whipped dairy cream, cream fraiche 38% fat, icing sugar and vanilla corns. 

The second cake was another rhubarb cake, this time with marzipan, which is another great combination. 

I will be sharing the various recipe from this birthday coffee in the near future.

I received some very nice birthday gift in form of different yarn, books, china tea cup, cake book, knitting project bag and some great looking flowers. Thank you very much to my friends and mother for some great gifts and your excellent company :-)

May 22, 2022

Shopping in Malmö


Last week I went to Malmö for the Nordic Dairy Congress. I managed for do some shopping during some of the programme breaks. I went to some supermarkets, where I stocked on both saffron and vanilla powder. The saffron I will use to bake saffron buns for my upcoming birthday. I use the vanilla powder instead of vanilla pods.

I also managed to located two shops selling hand-dyed yarns produced by local yarn dyers. I found two merino yarns in green made by, and in the shop Garderobendesign I also found some merino and mohair as well hand-dyed in some other green colours by

Four of the merino yarns fits perfect together in  a knitting project of some kind. And one of the merino yarn and mohair I intend to use to knit West Side by Susie Haumann.

May 12, 2022

Hveder 2022


Today Thursday evening is this the evening before Store Bededag (Great Payer Day) (a Danish religious holiday celebrated on the 4th Friday after Easter). And it is the peak evening for enjoying roasted "hveder" - wheat buns with cardamom.

This year I tested out a recipe I located in the weekly magazine "Hendes Verden - issue 19 / 2022" being rich in egg. I have have no changes to the recipe expected for the kneading and raising procedure, where I used my usual way of kneading & raising. The recipe could do with some more cardamom or perhaps a combination of cardamom & vanilla sugar.

"Hveder" (wheat buns) with cardamom a la "Hendes Verden": - 12-14 buns

  • 600 g wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 80 g butter
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 250 g full-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom 

  1. Weigh all the ingredients directly into the mixing bowl of the stand alone mixer. Keep salt & sugar away from the yeast.
  2. Place the bowl on the stand-alone mixer.
  3. Start knead the dough at speed 1 for 8 minutes.
  4. Afterwards increase the speed to 4, knead for 2 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough. If it is not OK, when knead it at speed 4 for another 2 minutes. Again check the consistency. If needed, knead again for 1 minute and when check consistency of the dough.
  5. Cover the dough in the mixing bowl with a damp tea towel.
  6. Let the entire dough raise for approx 40-60 minutes under a damp cloth.
  7. When you evaluate, that the dough has raise enough, divide the dough into smaller pieces with a weight of 80 g each.
  8. Shape the dough pieces into bun shapes. Place the bun pieces relative close in pans covered with baking parchment. 
  9. Place the pans with bun dough in the oven (fan oven at 35-40'C). 
  10. Let the bun raise for second time for approx. 40 minutes inside the oven, you could on top fill some boiling water into a container below the dough in the oven
  11. Heat up the oven to 200'C.
  12. Bake the bun at 180'C for 20 minutes.
  13. Serve the buns warm with butter. Or slice them into 2 and roast the buns in the fan oven at 200C until light brown in the colour.

May 11, 2022

Recipe suggestions for hveder for Store Bededag 2022


This evening is the evening before Store Bededag (Great Payer Day) (a Danish religious holiday celebrated on the 4th Friday after Easter). And it is the peak evening for enjoying roasted "hveder" - wheat buns with cardamom.

Having discovered the great taste of home-made "hveder", where is no turning back for commercial baked "hveder". The combination of freshly grounded cardamon covering your kitchen in wonderful flavour and eating freshly baked/roasted buns is a combination made in heaven !!!

As inspiration for you I hereby share a selection of the various "hveder", which I have been baking over the years. And tomorrow I will share the recipe of the hveder 2022, which I will be baking this year.

Happy baking


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