What Pastries and bakeries makes your mouthwater the most in Denmark and the greater Europe?
I am going on a culinary/dessert adventure soon to Europe (alone). Denmark is the first stop, then moving down south. I would love to discover some of Denmark's specialties in the patisserie world and bring it back with me to the United States.
I will be landing in Copenhagen on July 30th, flying out of LAX. Quitting my boring job here on the 25th to follow my passion. I already have a catering business started but I haven't kick started it yet, will be doing that after this trip (hoping for awesome new discoveries of pastries I haven't already tried and perfected).
Any and all opinions from my fellow chowhounders on which bakeries to try and why they are your favorite would be super awesome!
The first city will obviously be Copenhagen but after that it's still up in the air. I am still gathering information and seeing people's opinion here to decide on which city it will be.
Thank you for your suggestions in advance and your time!
The first place I'm going to will be in Copenhagen.
You've replied to my post about France! I had to create a new profile because I wanted a new username. Sorry for not being specific.
As for anywhere else in specific for Denmark, besides Copenhagen, it's still up in the air, I'm gathering information right now to find the next perfect city for pastries.
This is not going to help much, but maybe other hounds can improve.... Anyway, real Danish kringle is a thing of wonder. I grew up eating mediocre kringle in the US, and when I discovered kringle in Denmark I was completely blown away.
Now having said that, I should add that I didn't find any pastry in Copenhagen that hit the spot. The good stuff (here we go) was either in Haderslev or Kolding. If it was Haderslev it would have been at Lagkagehuset. Danish readers, does this sound right? The bakery in question had a magnificent selection of breads, but the kringle was orgasmic.
What you want is crunchy/flaky on the outside, soft/creamy on the inside and butter everywhere.
My favourite Danish treat is Kransekage! It's a dense bite sized dessert made of marzipan, egg whites and icing sugar, topped with a royal icing swirl. Kransekage can also be made into concentric rings for a special occasion or wedding cake. I
had a great one at Summerbird bakery in Copenhagen that also had rhubarb. It's really good when it's chocolate dipped too.
I also love Danish rye bread (rugbrod) especially in Smorrebrod (open faced sandwich).
I'm a Dane living overseas, so I'm not up to date with specific bakeries, but my favourite Danish sweet foods are:
- Kransekage (dense marizpan cake commonly eaten at NYE)
- Tebirkes (Flaky pastry filled with "remonce creme", a heavenly sugar-butter-marzipan concoction, drool!!
- romkugle (rum balls, dense chocolate truffles, basically made from leftover pastry, sometimes flavoured with rum. Yum)
- floedeboller (sweetened whipped egg white encased in chocolate with a biscuit base). Summerbird does awesome variations of these.
- kanelsnegl (cinnamon scroll, really decadent and flakey).
Lagkagehuset is frequently mentioned as a good bakery, but it is a chain and has expanded quite rapidly so it's not that special, IMO. Still good quality though, and found in central locations.
Emmery's is a chain of organic bakeries across Copenhagen. Though quite pricey, their bread (and ryebread) is really good. Steer clear of their croissants though... ugh.
Wow, all this thinking of pastry has made me long for home... Luckily I'm going in back in 2 weeks :D