FASTELAVNSboller – a tasting

Anya Jensen4th February 2018

When Fastelavn* is approaching, the bakeries in Denmark start baking the popular “Fastelavnsboller”, easiest compared to a choux bun; pastry with whipped cream, custard or jam. These are wildly popular, and a bit of a culinary sweet treat.

This year my daughter suggested we made a tasting, which entailed buying these ‘Fastelavnsboller’ from 5 different bakeries and scoring them on her handmade scorecards.

We made sure the panel were all seasoned ‘Fastelavnsbolle’ eaters:  The girls, a school friend who loves cake, the Mr. and myself. Denmark is well renowned for their Danish (pastry) and these could easily fall into that category too.

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

We visited 5 Bakeries and these are the descriptions of each Fastelavns bolle:

FøtexFastelavnsbolle with custard and chocolate icing. 

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

TaffelbayFastelavnsbolle with raspberry custard cream and raspberry icing. 

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

Grannys house Old fashioned Fastelavnsbolle with jam, vanilla chantilly cream and whipped cream. 

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

OliversFastelavnsbolle with lemon chantilly cream and orange flavoured icing.

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

LagkagehusetFastelavnsbolle with raspberry jam and raspberry icing.

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

We cut the Fastelavnsboller into 5 pieces and tasted them, one by one. After the 3rd Fastelavnsbolle, we all had mild sugar rush and had to take half an hour break.  Then we finished  our feast, calculated the scores, and these are the results:

Fastelavns boller - a tasting on Simply Danish Living

The winning bun was the lemon flavoured one from Olivers. The panel found it perfectly formed with just the right amount of cream. The pastry was tasty, good,  but could have been flakier.

The 2nd most popular were the Old fashioned Fastelavnsbolle from Grannys house. It didn’t win, mainly due to the overload of whipped cream. Had it had half the amount, we think it would have won because it had the perfect combination of jam, chantilly cream.

The best pastry was on the one from Lagkagehuset. The pastry was perfect, crunchy, and delicious. 

The best value for money was the one from Føtex. Very cheap and tasty. For the money, it was a sure winner.

Our least favourite and the easiest one to forget was the one from Taffelbay. It was ok. But then again forgettable!!

Well, there you have it. I thoroughly recommend eating Fastelavnsboller if you visit Copenhagen in the period leading up to Fastelavn. Or even better; have a tasting. It is tremendous fun, and hyggeligt sitting there scoffing (and tasting) Danish pastry. Just remember to drink plenty of water or milk, and go for a long walk afterwards to get rid of all the sugar.

We will be back with more fun tastings from the panel soon. Have a lovely weekend – and do remember to go and taste some Fastelavns Boller – they are delicious!!

Fastelavn is the name for Carnival in Denmark, which is either the Sunday or Monday before Ash WednesdayFastelavn evolved from the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating in the days before Lentbut after Denmark became a Protestant nation, the holiday became less specifically religious. This holiday occurs seven weeks before Easter Sunday and is sometimes described as a Nordic Halloweenwith children dressing up in costumes, hit a barrel, and gather treats for the Fastelavn feast. The holiday is generally considered to be a time for children’s fun and family games. I will share more of the history with you in a post soon. Watch this space.

Comments (2)

  • Skirtfixation

    14th February 2018 at 14:46

    13 USD grannys.

  • A. Brown

    9th February 2018 at 16:04

    I don’t remember cream filled fastelavnsboller when I was young. Seems to me they were more like fastelavnsbrød filled with dried fruit or just plain. But I do recall whipping my parents in bed with afastelavnsris to get them.

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