Bente’s Meringue Cake

Bente’s Meringue Cake

Grandma Lily’s sister is Bente and she is a wonderful baker and cook. While we were in Middlefart, she made us several delicious desserts as well as a full meal. Filled with Danish charm, Middelfart is a region in Southern Denmark. It is a small town of about 13,000 people and only about 112 miles to drive to Copenhagen. Picturesque and friendly, we enjoyed learning some of the Danish traditions and this meringue cake is one of the homemade desserts we enjoyed.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams butter at room temperature
  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 Tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 100 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 200 grams granulated sugar
  • 75 grams almonds,chopped

A vanilla cream pudding combined with freshly whipped cream is spread between the layers.  You can make from scratch (Grandmothers Kitchen Vanilla Pudding Recipe) or use a commercial easy to prepare packaged filling such as Dr. Oetker brand which is common here.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time until well combined.
  4. Beat in the milk.
  5. Stir the baking powder into the flour and stir into the butter mixture.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and butter lightly to grease the paper.
  7. Spread the batter in an even thin layer.
  8. Beat together the egg whites and granulated sugar with a mixer until stiff. Spread over the batter on the cookie sheet.Sprinkle on the chopped almonds.
  9. Place into the preheated oven on the middle rack and bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Watch you do not burn the meringue.
  10. Remove and place onto a cooling rack. Cut into two pieces for the layers and set aside.
  11. Make the vanilla pudding and whip up some whipping cream. Make 2 cups of each and fold together.
  12. Spread the filling onto half of the meringue then put the top on. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Best the same day!

1Bfeatured  3BShown here is our very own Grandma Lily and Grandpa Bent, along with her sister Bente and husband Erling. We were fed well and shown such grace and hospitality from these lovely people. Erling shared a wealth of information about the area with us.

We enjoyed purchasing some flowers from a U-Pick gladiola field we drove by. This one had about 80 varieties, mostly German and we were able to wander the field and cut our own. Payment was on the ‘honor system’ in a box at the stand. IMG_1694 (2)4B

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