Copenhagen: Crème Brûlée Doughnut

Copenhagen: Crème Brûlée Doughnut

My husband and I visited Copenhagen last week. I’d read Helen Russell’s ‘A Year of Living Danishly’ in my book group and the city’s mixture of art, design and gastronomic attractions really appealed to me.

We went twice to the Copenhagen Street Food Market on Paper Island to sample a small fraction of what they had on offer. My favourite dish was unquestionably the crème brûlée doughnut. It started off as in the top image – a sugar doughnut with a vanilla custard filling – but then the vendor/chef used a blow torch to ‘burn’ the sugar, added some vanilla ice-cream and finished with a liberal helping of chocolate sauce.

The left image shows the delicious caramel/vanilla/chocolate/dough mix that I tucked into. It was the most expensive doughnut I’ve ever had (50 Danish kroner = £6.11: eek!) but it was a luxurious delight. The sugar was crunchy and caramelised, the custard rich but not too heavy, the vanilla ice-cream cut through the hot chocolate sauce and the dough was light. I’d have had a second if my Kroner (and stomach) had stretched that far.

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