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Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries

October 19, 2021
Mmm, danish pastries! Just hearing about them makes you crave them again and again. They're sweet, soft, fluffy, and oh so good! It's no wonder the rest of the world has fallen in love with them too. They're great to eat for breakfast, pair with coffee, enjoy on a lazy afternoon, and, of course, to serve as desserts after dinner. Though there are a lot of Danish pastries out there, a handful are classics that'd taste great no matter the occasion. Even better, they're delicious too! Here are the top five Danish pastries to make at home.

Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries


Wienerbrød

When someone mentions a 'Danish pastry,' it's highly likely they're talking about Wienerbrød. In fact, only those from Denmark, Germany, and Austria really refer to it as 'Wienerbrød.' To everyone else, they know it as the 'Danish pastry.' The irony, however, is that the pastry itself never really originated in Denmark to begin with. It originally came from Austria and its third name is 'Viennese bread.' It wasn't until the 19th century when the Austrians introduced the pastry to Denmark, that latter made it more popular as their own. In any case, Wienerbrød tastes good no matter where you are!
Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries
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Vaniljekranse

Now here's another famous treat that actually came from Denmark: Vaniljekranse. Or as they're more popularly known—the Danish butter cookies! It was thanks to the Royal Dansk blue tin-packaged cookies that this traditional sweet became an international bestseller. Before that, the cookies were commonly prepared and served during Christmastime, sort of like the Danish equivalence to the gingerbread cookie. And make no mistake, Vaniljekranse cookies were never shaped like pretzels and rectangles. Those are the Royal Dansk version. An authentic Vaniljekranse cookie is swirled and served with either milk or hot chocolate.
Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries
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Kanelsnegle

While the Swedes introduced the cinnamon roll to the rest of the world, the Danes had their own version. But there is a difference between the two. While the original Swedish cinnamon roll makes use of thick and soft dough, the Danish version has a more flaky and crumbly feel, similar to the croissant and other French pastries. Hence, the latter is more delicate and lighter than the original, making for a perfect breakfast option before going to school or work. In any case, both versions commonly come with melted buttercream for a richer taste.
Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries
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Æbleskiver

Ever heard of pancake balls? If you have, you can thank the Danes for that! Among the lesser-known Danish pastries but equally as delicious is the Æbleskiver. Another holiday treat worth making, it's quite literally a rolled-up pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with jam or paired with hot chocolate or coffee. Weirdly enough, however, the English translation of its local name is 'apple slices,' pertaining to the traditional way of serving it with either apple slices or apple sauce. Although this is still common nowadays, Æbleskiver has become more diverse in what many pair it with.
Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries
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Fastelavnsboller

If France had desserts like the eclairs and Tarte Tropézienne, Denmark has Fastelavnsboller! Often served on the Danish holiday of Fastelavn, seven weeks before Easter Sunday, this is perhaps the most traditional out of all the pastries on this list. It's a custom that on this holiday, kids put on their traditional garb and go door-to-door singing folk songs just so their neighbors can give them these delectable cream-filled buns. Often drizzled with chocolate sauce or sprinkled with powdered sugar, they're the perfect comfort food for a lazy afternoon with a hot cup of coffee.
Denmark's Top Five Must-Try Pastries
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All of these Danish pastries will always be a delight. Fortunately, they're fairly easy to prepare! Even better is that they're as fun to make yourself as they are delicious to bite into the moment they're ready!




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