Behind the Scenes: DAC Kitchen Tour and Class (with a bonus recipe!)

DAC Kitchen ClassWould you be surprised to learn that the DAC is entirely run by volunteers? From weekly office staffing to special event coordination and yes, even our æbleskive breakfasts*, we do it all with the help of a great group of dedicated volunteers.

After the completion of our remodeled kitchen, new scullery, and expanded dining room, it was time for a tour of how the new spaces work with each other and brush up on our kitchen safety protocols with resident kitchen safety experts Grethe Petersen and Lise Day.

Want to know one of the secrets behind cultivating a great group of volunteers like this? At the end of the 2 hour session we all sat down to a lunch of homemade leverpostej and pickled beets, cheeses and fruit, and a fresh-out-of-the-oven cake and lots of good strong coffee. This is not an uncommon occurrence.

It’s also no surprise that Grethe was generous with her coffee cake recipe. If you’re looking for a relatively quick and easy coffee cake here’s one to try.

Grethe's Danish Yeast Coffee Cake

  • Servings: 12-20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
  • 1 envelope of dry yeast.
  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup soft margarine/butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs ( lightly mixed)
  • 4-5 cups of flour
Filling:
  • 1/2 cup soft margarine/butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional sliced 1 peeled thinly sliced apple
Directions:
  • Dissolve yeast in 1/8 cup of lukewarm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast’s ability to rise).  Mix first 3 ingredients, add sugar and eggs. Mix. Add flour gradually and mix gently to dough slips easily from the bowl.
  • Let it rise 1 hour.
  • On a floured surface form into 2 flat 1″ high, 5-6″ wide, 1 foot long loaves.
  • Place the filling in the middle of the loaves. If you’re using the apple slices, place them on top of the filling.
  • Fold both ends in and then both sides into 2 loaves (they will be about 2″ high, 3-4″ wide and 1 foot long). Place both loaves in a lightly buttered 9×13 pan and sprinkle sugar on top.
  • Bake approx. 20 min in a 375 degree oven- until light brown.

Notes: Do not add too much flour and handle the dough gently. Mix it all by hand with just a bowl and wooden spoon.

*psst! the next æbleskive breakfast is this Sunday, January 18 (9:30am – 12:30 pm)

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