Other Baked Goods

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Scandinavia has a wide variety of baked goods that are often served together on the afternoon or early evening cake table, a tradition celebrated especially by the older generation, for whom “seven sorts” of cakes were standard. More recently it has become fashionable among young people to invite friends for an old-fashioned cake table in a kind of retro gathering.

The selection of baked goods includes pastry, dry cakes, cream cakes, coffee cake, and, of course, the famous butter cookies. Danish pastry is eaten all over Scandinavia. Danish bakers added remonce, a sweet paste of sugar, butter, and nuts or marzipan, to the wienerbrød dough, and sometimes spices like cardamom or poppy seeds. Seasonal fruits or berries provide an alternative filling. Danish pastry is often eaten in the morning, like a croissant; when served in the afternoon with coffee, it is made larger and called wienerbrødsstang, meaning a “long piece” of pastry. Borgermesterkrans, or “mayor’s wreath,” is another wienerbrød variation.