Friday, January 29, 2010

Olsen's Danish Village Bakery: Danish Pastries

On our way home from a continuing education seminar in San Luis Obispo we took a short detour into Solvang. It had been quite a few years since we'd been there, but I recalled a pastry place we'd tried before and I wanted to try some pastries. I enjoy Solvang because of its focus on Scandinavia, and Denmark in particular.
Olsen's Danish Village Bakery has been featured by Huell Howser. It has a relatively small offering, but most of their pastries look great.

One of the items we enjoyed most was not a pastry, but a hard roll with butter and Havarty cheese. A very simple, but nice treat.

We bought a slice of dessert that did not look particularly good to me, but looked unusual. It had a lime green outside layer of marzipan, a small frozen component of custard, sponge cake, some whipped cream and jam. I am not a major fan of marzipan, sponge cake or jam, but this combination was very good. The marzipan was not dominant, but added a nice flavor and texture. The frozen custard added a nice textural component in contrast to the whipped cream and the jam added another different textural and taste component.

Another item that looked good and was good, was a slice of a roll of meringue, whipped cream and almond.

This chocolate covered hard cookie was okay, but nothing to get excited about.

This piece of chocolate cake was also okay. Very heavy.

We didn't try any of their traditional Danish pastries which gives us another reason to go back next time we are driving through central California.

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