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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

Pumpkin Danish Kringle

 It has been a lousy week. First, I flooded the upstairs bathrooms, master bedroom, and kitchen when I turned the water back on after trying to fix a leaky shower faucet.
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Then my doctor confirms that the reason I am feeling extra lousy is I am sick. Not to mention we are living with a gazillion heater fans and dehumidifiers while they dry out the house.

We have the same set up drying the ceiling in the kitchen.

If you drew a cartoon of me I’d have a little raincloud over my head. 


Picture it. I am shuffling through Trader Joe’s mentally kicking myself for not taking the entire faucet valve assembly with me so I wouldn’t have bought a similar but incorrect replacement part and  flood the house, not looking forward to possible renovations so close to the holidays, and feeling achy, cranky and sick. 

I figure a bottle of make me feel better 100% fruit juice might not be such a bad idea  since I have to drink more fluids while the meds do their thing when I almost bump into a table filled with the dessert of my ancestors – Danish kringle!

But not just any kringle from Denmark (by way of Danish American bakers in Wisconsin) but Pumpkin Caramel Kringle!

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Gaze upon the wonder of these flakey layers of thin buttery crust cradling pumpkin filling magic.

As much as I like kringle, I don’t make it at home because getting the thin layers of dough right it is hard to do. There is a Danish bakery in Wisconsin that makes kringle better than I can ever hope to do. It is best to have their kringle on rare occasions otherwise I’d be sporting this kringle shape around my waist until the day I die.  

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A whole Danish kringle before Husband and I dove into it head first.

When I saw the kringle is from the masters of OH Danish Bakery my plan for treat myself to fruit juice plan quickly changed to a treat myself to a make me feel better kringle from Denmark.

I figured it wouldn’t hurt to surprise Husband with a peace offering of kringle for mucking up the house on such a grand scale either.

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