Study Christmas in Denmark!
The sharing of holiday cheer with friends and family is a huge part of the Christmas season in Denmark, and nothing is more important than having freshly baked Christmas goodies for all visitors to eat and bring home. Many people in Denmark believe that sending a visitor away during the Christmas season without a taste of the family's good cheer will bring sadness. In fact,it is a very old belief in many parts of Denmark that a visitor who leaves the house without being fed may carry away the Christmas spirit. Therefore, it is not hard to find a home without sweets and treats during the Christmas season!
Here is a recipe for a sweet treat made in Denmark, called Kransekage, or almond cookies.
8 ounces almond paste
1 c. confectioners sugar
1 – 2 egg whites
Whole almonds for decoration
Combine the almond paste and the confectioners sugar. Add the egg white(s) a little at a time to bind the mixture. Roll the dough into balls. Place them on a buttered cookie sheet.
Slightly flatten the cookies and place a whole almond on top.
Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Christmas in Denmark is double the enjoyment, as December 25 and December 26 are both holidays in Denmark, and called Christmas Day and Second Christmas Day. This is to allow plenty of time to visit with all family and friends for Christmas. Try baking up a batch of the Kransekage with your homeschooler, and teach him or her about the holiday fun in Denmark!
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