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Wienerbrød danishes

The history of Wienerbrød

Delicious buttery croissant dough filled with rose jam and fresh raspberries.

Wienerbrød, which literally means “bread of Vienna”, trace their roots to Denmark, despite their name that may imply a connection to Vienna, Austria. In the 19th century, Danish bakers were inspired by Viennese pastry during their travels to Vienna. Upon returning to Denmark, they attempted to replicate the techniques and recipes they had learned in Vienna, giving rise to wienerbrød.

Although their origin is Danish, wienerbrød incorporates Viennese influences in its preparation, such as the puff pastry technique and the combination of various doughs and fillings. However, the Danes adapted these influences to their own culinary tradition, resulting in a unique and delicious product.

Over time, Danish bakers developed a wide variety of fillings and shapes for wienerbrød. Some popular fillings include almond cream, vanilla cream, fruits, nuts, and chocolate. Shapes range from twisted braids to filled pastries and creative geometric designs.

Wienerbrød danishes

One of the most popular types of wienerbrød in Denmark is the “kringle”. It is a kind of filled braid with sweet ingredients like cinnamon and sugar, often garnished with chopped almonds and icing. Kringles are highly cherished and traditionally served on special occasions and alongside Danish coffee.

Wienerbrød has become a significant symbol of pastry culture in Denmark. They are appreciated throughout the country and enjoyed on various festive occasions, such as Christmas morning breakfast.

As their popularity spread, wienerbrød was exported internationally and is known worldwide. In many places, they are simply referred to as “danishes”. These delicious pastries can be found in bakeries and coffee shops worldwide and are a treat enjoyed in diverse cultures.