The Baking Challenge – European Style: Danish Drommekage

Look and behold – the cake of your dreams.

Dream cake, that’s what Drommekage means in English. And I have to admit for me it’s pretty close to the cake of my dreams. 🙂 Especially if your dreaming of a simple, buttery cake to make. The Drommekage is a quick and easy cake that is soft and a bit crunchy on top and tastes heavenly. And it keeps well for several days. I had a 5-day old piece just this morning for breakfast. Perfect!

Here’s the recipe. The original recipe is from Nordic Food & Living, but I’ve adapted it a little bit.

Ingredients

dough:
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250 gr flour
200 gr sugar
75 gr butter
2 eggs
200 ml milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

topping:
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125 gr butter
150 gr brown sugar
2 tbsp milk
150 gr coconut shredded

Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit (about 200 Celsius)
  • Melt butter (or take it out of the fridge early so that it’s soft)
  • Mix together wet ingredients

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  • Add dry ingredients

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  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes
  • Mix together ingredients for the topping, starting with melting the butter in a saucepan.
  • Add milk and brown sugar and let it boil for about 1-2 minutes
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It bubbles 🙂

  • Add coconut and stir well.

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  • Take out the cake after 20-25 minutes and spread topping evenly
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After 24 minutes, the cake was already quite brown.

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  • Bake for another 10 minutes
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Fresh out of the oven! Yummy!

Enjoy!

Baking Challenge – European Style: Spanish Bienmesabe

Actually it’s Canarian Bienmesabe. 🙂 It was really difficult for me to find something Spanish and baked that sounded good to me. I’m not a fan of churros and empanadas just sounded too South American to me. But, finally, after a looooooong search, I ended up with those little treasures called Bienmesabe. And if my Spanish does not let me down, I believe the name translates to something like “tastes good”. And they do! Well, basically anything that comes in form of a muffin can’t be so bad, I’d say. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

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1 egg
120 grams brown sugar
3 tbs honey
80 ml oil
150 grams yoghurt
200 grams flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1 lime, zest&juice

for the topping
confectioners sugar
1 lime

Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 175° Celsius (or 350° fahrenheit).
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Doesn’t look so good…

  • Mix all the wet ingredients except the lime juice.

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  • Mix all the dry ingredients plus lime zest.
  • Add lime juice to wet ingredients as well as the dry ingredients and mix well.

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  • Take a 12er muffin tray (line them with muffin cups or grease them whatever you usually do) and distribute dough evenly.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes. Take out and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
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Fresh out of the oven! Aaah, delicous!

  • While the muffins cool, mix together confectioners sugar and lime juice (Be careful not to take too much juice! A rather thick consistency works best for glazing.).

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  • Glaze muffins.

Bien me sabe!

European Baking Challenge – Week 8: The Irish Spotted Dog

Finally… I proudly present

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the Irish spotted dog! Yeah!

It’s been soooo hot here lately that I just couldn’t bring myself to turn on the oven. Therefore the results of week 8 are well overdue.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

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Not pictured are the chocolate chips and walnuts…

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/4 sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 tb butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup chocalate chips and walnuts (or cranberries or raisins for the traditional recipe)
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1 egg
maybe some milk

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 375° fahrenheit (app 190° celsius).
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  • Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder as well as a pinch of salt together.
  • Add small cubes of butter and knead through.
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  • Add the chocolate/walnuts (or if your doing it the traditional way – cranberries or raisins)
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  • Add yoghurt and egg and knead well. If need be, add some milk.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
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  • Form a loaf out of the dough and place it on the paper.
  • Lightly cut an X on top of the loaf.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Let cool for some minutes before eating.
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  • Enjoy!

I have to say that this cake/bread was well worth the wait. We throughly enjoyed eating it! It’s been a bit crunchy on the outside but totally soft and almost fluffy on the inside. A perfect way to start your day or to sweeten up a lazy afternoon…