Sunday, December 29, 2013

EU declared war . . . against Danish koeksister

You'd think the the European Union had enough problems to tackle these days with a half-dozen countries teetering at the verge of insolvency.

But no, they had to go and mess with the Danes - quite possibly the most responsible members of the 28-member group.

Danes - well, Danish bakers - are angry over a possible ban of the country favorite baked good: kanelsnegler, a cinnamon roll/twist with a difficult name.

The reason? Too much cinnamon, say European bureaucrats.

The Danish food safety agency will soon adopt EU regulations on the use of coumarin - a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in cinnamon that can be harmful to the liver in some people.

In 2008, the European Union limited the amount of coumarin foods can contain at 15 milligrams per kilogram of food.

The limit prompted the Danish food agency to test its fine baked goods. 
What they found is that most things Danes loved contained way too much of the substance, including the beloved cinnamon goodies, which could be prohibited if the law is implemented.

"Cinnamon bakes are of course a traditional Danish product. 
We've been making bread and cakes with cinnamon for 200 years," Hardy Christensen, chief of the Danish Baker's Association said in a press release.

A final decision will be made in February. 

In the meantime, eat as many cinnamon rolls/twists in Denmark as you can.
27 December 2013


Deep fry - just like the South African koeksister. 
Place on a rack to drain just for a minute. 
Then quickly place in the sugar & cinnamon mixture (sorry, no syrup). 
Roll & coat.

They are absolutely at their - warm-sweet-doughy- best 
served right away with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa for dunking!
My kilo-joule factory