Danish Fastelavnsboller (Shrovetide buns)

In the beginning of February we celebrate Fastelavn here in Denmark. Fastelavn is the name for carnival here in Denmark, and the other Nordic countries. It’s a bit like the Nordic Halloween. Its all for the kids really. They dress up and ‘slå katten af tønden‘ (“hit the cat out of the barrel”), which is somewhat similar to a piñata. Back in the day, there actually used to be a real cat in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously considered a safeguard against evil. Thankfully we don’t do that anymore. Now the barrels are full of candy and oranges. We also eat fastelavnsboller (Shrovetide buns) which are sweet buns filled with either, custard, whipped cream or remonce (a Danish heavenly...

Chocolate and Raspberry panna cotta

Happy New Year!! A new year and new desserts to try out. That’s one of the many things I’m looking forward to this year; lots and lots of new techniques and recipes to try out. I didn’t have any new year resolutions this year, but I guess, two weeks into the new year, I just decided that new dessert techniques will be my resolution for 2016. We held New Years Eve here at home for 4 friends. It was our first New Years with Tristan, so we were excited to see how he would react to all the fireworks and hoopla going on. And we were so happy to see that he loved it, especially the fireworks – we went...

Christmas coffee -Nespresso 2015 Limited Edition Variations

I usually think of the holidays and a tea or hot cocoa season, but this year Nespresso has created three Christmassy coffee varieties; Vanilla Amaretti, Ciocco ginger and Vanilla Cardamom. And they are so so delicious and they all smell and tastes so wonderfully of Christmas spices.

Oatmeal cookies with raspberries & white chocolate

A few months back our little family visited a café and I bought a few cookies for dessert, just because they were on display rights by the cash register. I’m an easy target that way. Anyway, they were so good that I wanted to recreate them. I love a nice and chewy cookie, so I decided to go with an oatmeal cookie. I’m pretty happy with the result and will definitely bake them again soon for the holiday. And then I’ll add more of all the spices so they will be packed with holiday flavor. This batch makes about 30 small cookies.

Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

Autumn is here! And as much as I love summer and will miss the warm(ish) weather, long summer nights and trips to the beach I also look forward to the new season. Spending evenings at home wrapped in a warm blanket with cup of hot tea and a piece of pie. That’s another thing I love about a new season- a new array of cakes and pies baked especially for this time of year. Like pumpkin pie. I baked this pie with store bought pumpkin pure, but you can also make it from scratch by cooking 450 g of fresh pumpkin and them puréeing it through a sieve or with a blender. I found this recipe on bbc good food’s homemade...

Chocolate and orange cheesecake

  For quite a few years, my go-to baking dish for almost any occasion was cupcakes. They are easy to make, and the flavor and decorating options are endless. And although I still love to bake a good batch of cupcakes, I have a feeling that my new go-to dish will be cheesecakes. After I baked quite a few cheesecakes for the Nespresso challenge, I now want to try out a bunch of different flavors and baking techniques. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, strawberry, a classic New York cheesecake, Baileys or lime…I could go on and on with all the different types of cheesecakes I want to try out. This weekend I had a group of friends over for brunch and...

Irish Coffee Cheesecake made for Nespresso’s dessert challenge at Kokkedal Castle

I was recently invited to participate in a dessert challenge by Nespresso and Kokkedal Castle. Desserts and coffee, a win win in my opinion, so I accepted and began to experiment with different recipes. I tried out a creamy coffee panna cotta, a chocolate and hazelnut cake with coffee caramel drizzle. But I finally decided on this Irish coffee cheesecake. I tested the recipe out 4 times, tweaking it here and there before I was happy with the result. So there was a lot of cake eating in our house these past few weeks. But hey, who doesn’t love a bit of cake for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee? The Nespresso event was held at Kokkedal Castle, a beautiful...

Granola Bars

This time of year I usually bake a few cakes using my NFL helmet pan and decorate the cakes with lots of icing. But this year I’m doing something a bit healthier, but still really sweet and delicious. Granola bars. Easy to make plus you can use a large variety of ingredients to fit everyone’s taste – I went in on nuts.com for a bit of inspiration. And now that it is game day (Go Giants!) granola bars are also perfect snacks to bring along to a tailgate if you want to eat something that’s light and tasty. Ingredients

Coffee Caramel

  I was recently invited by Nespresso and Kokkedal Castle to create a dessert recipe – only condition was of course that it had to contain coffee. I accepted the challenge and have now tried out quite a few different recipes. I has been so much fun testing out different ways of infusing coffee into desserts. I used this coffee caramel with a chocolate cake I baked and it worked really well. And its very easy to make too. You can drizzle it over cakes, ice cream or maybe in a cup of warm milk Ingredients:

S’muffins

This year we haven’t really had much of a summer here in Denmark. I guess we’ve had a week and half of ok summer weather in total so far. It has felt more like an early fall with lots of windy and rainy days.So no long days at the beach, BBQ’ing or roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores unfortunately. But then this is a fun alternative, you can make right at home in your kitchen. I didn’t really know what to cal them – they are s’mores deconstructed, kind of like muffins or cupcakes. And S’muffins sound better than S’cupcakes. They are made in a mini muffin pan, so perfect little snack sized treats. I found the recipe in Sweet Pea’s...

Blondie with roasted nuts and chocolate chips

I baked this blondie cake for Sillas’ birthday dinner last Friday. It was just the three of us (I still have to get used to the fact that we are ‘us three’ and not ‘us two’ anymore, and I love it) The big birthday dinner with friends was the next day. But Friday was just our little family and it was a great night. I love how versatile this recipe is. You can add almost any fruit, berry, chocolate or nut and it’s a winner every time. This time I decided to mix roasted nuts and dark chocolate chips. The combination of nuts and chocolate is so good and roasting the nuts beforehand just makes it even better. I have...

Its almost been a year…and here’s why

I realize now that it has been almost one years since I have posted anything here on Nilssons Ambrosia. Normally I would do my best to post at least one new recipe a week, so having gone almost a year without a single post is a bit extreme. I never meant to abandon the blog for this long, but time does fly, and well, here’s what has happened since the last time I was here… I HAD A BABY! – and clearly I’m very excited about it. 3 months ago I became a mum to the most adorable and wonderful little baby boy. I absolutely love him to bits. However, during my pregnancy  I lost all interest in food, cooking...