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Monday, May 18, 2015

Name This Food! - Kransekake

So last time on The Food Of I asked you what this food is...

It's Kransekake (literally wreath cake) which is a traditional Danish (kransekage) and Norwegian (kransekake/kransekaka/tårnkake/-kaka (tower cake)) confection, usually eaten on special occasions such as weddings, baptisms, Christmas, or New Year's Eve.

The one pictured above is a pretty straightforward one, but some of them can get outrageous!

Kransekake take the form of a series of concentric rings of cake, layered on top of each other in order to form a steep-sloped cone shape—often 18 or more layers—stuck together with white icing. Kransekake cake rings are made with almonds, sugar, and egg whites.The ideal kransekake is hard to the touch, yet soft and chewy.

A variant used at weddings is called overflødighedshorn (horn of plenty) and is shaped like a cornucopia and filled with chocolates, cookies, and other small treats. Sometimes a bottle of wine or akvavit is placed in the center, and the cake is decorated with ornaments such as crackers and flags.

So how does one go about making it? So glad you asked. My friend Lorraine Elliott over at Not Quite Nigella has a good recipe right here.

Get yourself some of these Kransekake forms.

You can buy them here. amazon.com/Norpro-3273-Nonstick-Kransekake-Forms/dp/B0001LVGX8

Here's a how-to video...

Anyhoo, that's Kransekake for you. And now it just remains for me to ask you this question...

Name This Food!

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