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Christmas is not Christmas without honey cakes. For many people, the festive season only starts when bakers make space in their display for the cherished fun-shaped and festively iced cakes in the run-up to Christmas. Honey cakes have particularly strong associations with the town of Christiansfeld in southern Jutland, where they have been baked ever since the eighteenth century.
The Brethren's Honey Cake Bakery
The popular Danish honey cake, which is baked using a mix of wheat and rye flour with honey and dark brown muscovado sugar, various dried fruits and different herbs and spices, is part of our shared European cultural heritage. In many countries, the honey cake is part of the national identity, with each country having its own version. "Honey cakes have been baked here at the Brethren’s Honey Cake Bakery in Christiansfeld since 1799", says chocolatier Kim Rasmussen.
"Over the past couple of years, we have used the original recipes to recreate the exact flavour of the cakes in the old days. Therefore all our flour is organic and stone-ground, and rye flour is once again a key ingredient. However, unlike in the old days, when the expensive honey was used sparingly, today we only use the best raw ingredients. The mix of spices is just the same today as back then, but organic", explains Kim Rasmussen. Thus, the honey cakes from the Brethren's Honey Cake Bakery are very close to the original recipe, yet tastier and more sophisticated than those which could be baked in the eighteenth century. Also, the delicious, freshly-baked honey cakes are now coated with good-quality chocolate before leaving the bakery.
Honey Cakes For Betrothal
Since times of old, honey cake hearts have been associated with romance. When a young couple went to see the local vicar to have their engagement affirmed, the priest took a honey heart, broke it in two and symbolically handed half a heart to each. The young couple then ate their respective halves in front of the vicar while receiving his blessing. Today, it is still possible to share a honey cake heart – if not with the vicar, then in many other situations. In Kolding, a seaport to the north of Christiansfeld, honey cakes are traditionally served at official visits to the city hall.
A Foretaste Of Christmas
Many families come together before Christmas to bake honey cakes. The good thing about honey cakes is that even small children’s hands can easily press the cutter into the dough to create the most beautiful shapes in the form of hearts, pixies or men or women. And once out of the oven and cooled, the cakes can be decorated with icing in a myriad of colours. During the festive season, it is always nice to have something to offer visiting friends and family – or you can surprise your colleagues at work with a couple of honey cake hearts before the Christmas holidays.