In Denmark we celebrate Fastelavn / Carnival the seventh week before Easter Sunday.
Fastelavn reminds a lot about the American Halloween where kids will dress up in costumes and gathering treats.The tradition includes a lot of events.
Some of them are “hit the cat out of the barrel” that is somewhat similar to using a piñata, and then kids will compete in eating buns hanging from a string without using their hands.
Those buns are always covered with icing and often have a kind of custard, jam or chocolate ice cream inside.
Try a traditional Fastelavns bun and see if YOU can eat it hanging from a string Using no hands !!
Ingredients: (makes about 15)
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons sugar (try using homemade vanilla sugar)
1 stick of butter (4 oz or ½ cup)
1 egg (+ 1 egg for brushing)
2 ¾ cup of flour
Filling: custard, jam, nutella or chocolate chips
Warm the milk and mix it with dry yeast and sugar. Let stand a few minutes until it begins to bubble slightly.
Mix the flour, melted butter and eggs and mix / knead the dough well.
Raises for 45 minutes in a bowl, covered.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 0.5 inch thick.
Cut into 15 squares.
Spread the filling and fold the dough over.
Place the buns on the folding and let raise again for 15 min.
Brush with a beaten egg and bake about 10 minutes at 400 degrees Farenheit.
Decorate with icing.
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon sugar (or your homemade vanilla sugar)
1 tablespoon corn flour
2 cups of milk or cream
Beat the egg yolks, sugar and corn flour well together in a bowl.
Boil the milk / cream and whip it little by little in the eggs.
Give the cream a quick boil.
Remove from the heat and stir occasionally to the cream has cooled.
Enjoy – and have fun!