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Monday 27 July 2020

Copenhagen Pastry


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Culver City residents have been enjoying the Nordic-leaning baked creations of Copenhagen Pastry since the summer of 2012. For a stint, a second location also graced Pasadena, but for now at least it is just in the Westside where you can find some of the fantastic treats and breads beloved in Denmark and its neighbors.

Denmark pride, unlike its US equivalent, relies less on the flag.

The shelves are also full of rye and other breads that Europeans crave. If you are friends with any, you most certainly know by now that the bread they find here in the states is simply inadequate. They never miss a chance to tell you this. Ok and they're probably right.

Los Angeles is probably home to more immigrants from Wisconsin than it is to those of Denmark, but both know all about kringle. The long lost relative of Danish kringle cake is of course the Wisconsin state pastry, although many Danish people might look at you funny if you show them this information.

Ok, so the flag is around.

The word "kringle" itself describes the shape and is an old sailing term. Except for small forays onto Lake Michigan, these traditions on the water were just not the same as they were back in the old country.

These pastries done in the traditional way take a lot of time, and you can watch videos of the owner waking up at 3am to begin this daily process. The end product ends up looking like the shape of a pretzel, or more accurately the shape of the knots used to tie up boats.

On any given day you can walk right in and see many products that do not exist on the shelves of a run-of-the-mill bakery in this country, each one a new and fascinating treat. As you can imagine since the word "Danish" describes a whole range of sweet pastries in this country, Denmark takes its baked sweets very seriously.

The cute boxes they pack your treasures in make good gifts when invited to the faraway Westside by friends.


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