danish raspberry slices (hindbærsnitter)

These traditional Danish pastries look like pop tarts but they are definitely not pop tarts!  These slices are homemade raspberry jam sandwiched between tender shortbread-like biscuits (some recipes call it cakes) topped with icing and sprinkles.  I got one for Aymeric when we were in Denmark last year ‘cus it looked like a fun treat for a kid but it was so good that Rock and I ended up eating most of it.  Anyway, we’d been meaning to try making them and we finally got around to it this past weekend when we had friends visiting.  I used a recipe from a book that Rock got me a while ago by Trine Hahnemann called Scandinavian Baking: Sweet and savoury cakes and bakes, for bright days and cozy nights. How hygge is that!?

Makes 8.  I wish we had made double the recipe.

300 grams frozen raspberries  /  1/2 cup superfine sugar  /  1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for dusting  /  150 grams icing sugar (if you don’t wanna weigh it, 1- gram = 1 tbsp)  /  100 grams (7 tbsp) chilled butter, chopped  /  1/2 egg, lightly beaten  /  sprinkles (the recipe calls for pretty light pink sprinkles but I just used what I had on hand)

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Put the frozen raspberries in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Add the superfine sugar and turn the heat down to let the jam simmer for 20 minutes.  It didn’t say if you should keep stirring so I just did anyway every now and again to be sure.  Take off the stove and set aside to cool.  It should be quite thick.

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While the jam is cooling, you can make the biscuits.  Sift the flour and 50 grams (5 tbsp) of the icing sugar into a bowl.  Then rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture has the texture of crumbs.  Add the half an egg and mix the dough until it can come together in a ball.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350F and roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface until it is 40 x 22 cm (or 16 x 9 inches).  Rock took this very seriously and dug out the measuring tape to make sure he got it perfect.

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Now cut the dough into two 20 x 11 cm (or 8 x 4.5 inches) rectangular pieces.  Prick all over with a fork and bake for 20 minutes.

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Let the biscuits cool on a wire rack.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 100 grams of icing sugar with 2 tbsp of water until you get a smooth consistency.  Spread the icing on one of the biscuits.  The recipe said to leave the icing set first and then put the sprinkles on but it didn’t really work out for us ‘cus the sprinkles kinda just rolled off and we had to gently tap them into the icing which caused it to crack.  So instead of doing that, I would say sprinkle over the sprinkles before letting the icing set for 30 minutes.

Place the other biscuit on a chopping board and spread with the raspberry jam.  We didn’t end up using all of the jam.

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Place the iced biscuit on top of the biscuit with the jam on it.

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Cut into triangles and dig in!  You can keep these in an airtight container for 4 or 5 days but I doubt they’ll last more than a day before you eat them all.

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They didn’t turn out perfect looking but not bad for our first batch!  And they tasted amazing. Already thinking about when I can make these again.

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