From eggy sweet buns to malty rye loaves, Scandinavian baked goods are having their moment in the spotlight. Here’s where to find them.
This popular Toronto bakery has four locations serving pastries and bread. Owner Anita Lauritsen imports ingredients such as almond paste from Denmark. For a real treat, try the høj snegl (high snail), a 27-layer pastry filled with cinnamon and remonce (creamed butter and sugar).
Kristen D. Murray’s modern Scandinavian-French luncheonette in Portland, features her grandma’s lefse (Norwegian potato flatbread), but most people gravitate to the desserts, which include butter cookies and black pepper cheesecake.
Bent Olsen brings his family’s recipes to this bakery, located in Solvang, about two and a half hours from Los Angeles. Find apple strudel, coffee cake and dark limpa bread speckled with caraway seeds.
Locals and visitors have been coming to this spot in Camrose, Alta., for more than 30 years for its sugar-dusted fried pastries and cinnamon buns (only available on Fridays). The café also serves a variety of Scandinavian lunch items.
5. Ole & Steen
This Copenhagen-based bakery recently opened its first American outpost in New York City’s Union Square. Ole & Steen is known for its long-fermented rugbrød (Danish rye bread) that uses a starter that is more than 100 days old and takes three days to make. Other rye-based variations include a crisp seeded rye, soft carrot rye and rich chocolate rye.
[This story appears in the December 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]