Sonderjysk kaffebord – To do in south jutland

Last updated Jul 31, 2021
Sonderjysk Kaffebord

If cakes and cookies are your things, you’ll don’t want to miss out on visiting a Sonderjysk Kaffebord. Kaffebord translates into a coffee table, however, the focus is all on the cakes and not the coffee. If you want to experience it in the best of ways – make sure to visit Den Gamle Kro in Gråsten and experience it first hand. Come hungry because you will get stuffed with cakes and pastries here.

Why sonderjysk kaffebord – a short History

Being from Sweden, we know all about the ”Swedish Fika” and the importance of having some good cakes and sweets with our coffee. However, in Southern Jutland, the Sonderjysk Kaffebord has become a tradition amongst both locals and tourists. It’s a sweet way to spend the day but keep in mind that the history of the kaffebord is pretty dark and not that sweet at all. After the war, the Danish people had trouble being ”Danish”. They weren’t allowed to spend time together in bars talking. This was due to parts of the country being German.

People were afraid that the Danish people would do a revolt and they told the bar owners that they couldn’t serve them beer. If they would serve them alcohol, they would lose their liquor license. So the Danish people had to find other places to have their meetings and plan for the future. They started having their meetings in the different parish halls. Since they weren’t allowed to bring alcohol there, they had to find other ways to make their meetings interesting and fun.

Sonderjysk kaffebord
Denmark kaffebord

COmpeting for the best cakes

Instead of alcohol, they drank coffee and tea. The wives of the men that were having the meetings started to bake and bring cakes with them. This was the perfect addition to the coffee. Soon, all the wives brought their cakes and cookies with them and the Sonderjysk Kaffebord was born. It was rude not to try all the cakes so people ate a lot during the meetings.

Today, Sonderjysk Kaffebord is a must while visiting Southern Jutland. There are some cafés in the area that pride themselves in serving a traditional Sonderjysk Kaffebord. However, if you are looking for an authentic and real experience – we have done the research for you. You should visit Den Gamle Kro in Gråsten for the best kaffebord ever!

Sonderjysk Kaffebord at Den gamle kro

Did you know that there needs to be at least seven different kinds of cakes to be called a Sonderjysk Kaffebord

Sonderjysk kaffebord at Den gamle Kro

At Den Gamle Kro, they serve 29 different (yes, 29 different) kinds of cakes and cookies. The event takes place on the second Sunday each month and you need to buy your ticket in advance. Once inside, you’ll get a pot of coffee and then you can start with the treats. The cakes are all in different shapes and sizes. You’ll find everything from small crackers to full-on creamy cakes in several layers.

There’s a ”right” way to eat your way through the table of treats. You start off with Pomle (Boller). Then you work your way through small cookies all the way up to the cakes and creamy stuff. However, you are welcome to eat all of it at your own pace and in the order you’ll like. Remember that it used to be rude not to try everything out.

Sonderjysk Kaffebord at Den gamle kro

Did you know that a lot of the different cakes from the sonderjysk kaffebord have really funny names – like gode råd that translates into Good advice.

our experience of a sonderjysk kaffebord

We are proud to say that we ended up trying every single one of the 29 different cakes that were severed at Den Gamle Kro. It was not an easy task and it wasn’t big bites that we took. But still, we manage to taste them all. We made two plates and took small bites out of everything and then we shared. In the end, we ended up restocking three times, and then we had tried it all.

The coffee was good but not great. At the same time, the focus is not on the coffee. We had never heard about a Sonderjysk Kaffebord before but after visiting one – we think that it’s something that everyone should do while visiting Southern Jutland. We had a great experience and our sugar high lasted us all day long. Make sure to get reservations to experience it yourself.

Sonderjysk Kaffebord at Den gamle kro

Information about Den Gamle kro

Address: Slotsgade 6, 6300 Gråsten.
Opened: Every second Sunday in each month.
Webiste of Den Gamle Kro

Sonderjysk Kaffebord Den gamle kro

Make your own sonderjysk kaffebord

The chance of you creating your own complete Sonderjysk Kaffebord might not be that big. However, you might be tempted to create some of your favorites after you get back home. Visit Sonderjylland has created a small booklet with recipes that allows you to bake some of these treats after you are back from your holiday.

We will share some of the recipes with you guys so that you can experience a Sonderjysk Kaffebord at the comfort of your own home. The recipes are from Visit Sonderjylland so we have not created them ourselves. If you end up making something from the list below – please let us know what you thought of it!

Pomle (Boller) – A great starter

Pomle cake recipie
  • 500 grams of flour.
  • 3 eggs.
  • 125 grams of butter.
  • 50 grams of flour.
  • 2 tablespoons of cardamom.
  • 50 grams of yeast.
  • 1,5 deciliters of milk.
  • 1 tablespoon of salt.

This is how you make Pomle:

  1. Heat the milk up until it reaches 30 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix the milk with yeast, butter and 2 eggs.
  3. Add cardamom and most of the flour.
  4. Place a kitchen towel over the dough and wait for it to rise to twice its size.
  5. Take the dough and roll it into a sausage. Cut it into pieces and shape it into a round form.
  6. Place the balls on a tray and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Brush the balls with one egg and bake them at 225 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes!
  8. Enjoy!

FestKringle -A party Pretzel

  • 500 grams of flour.
  • 375 grams of butter.
  • 75 grams of icing sugar.
  • 60 grams yeast.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 4 eggs.
Filling for the festkringle
  • 125 grams of butter.
  • 125 grams of sugar.
  • 100 grams of raisins.
  • 50 grams of lemon juice.

This is how you make Festkringle:

  1. Mix the yeast and sugar with the flour.
  2. Melt the butter and whisk it with the eggs into the flour.
  3. Let it rest for about 3 hours and roll it into a sausage that you flatten out.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients for the filling and roll them into a sausage.
  5. Place the filling inside the flattened roll.
  6. Cut it into pieces and make it for 25 minutes on 225 degrees Celsius.
  7. Ready to eat!

Kys – kiss is easy to do!

Kys cake
  • 500 gram sugar.
  • 3 egg whites.
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar.

This is how to make the kys:

  1. Whisk the egg whites and add a little sugar at a time.
  2. Add the vinegar in the end and whisk it all together.
  3. Bake it in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes.
  4. Enjoy it!

Ingenting – nothing

ingenting Cookie
  • 375 grams of fluor.
  • 2 egg yolks.
  • 250 grams of butter.
  • 2 tablespoons of cream.
Filling for nothing
  • 300 grams of sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds.
  • 2 egg whites.
  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar,

This is how you make Ingenting

  1. Make the Douglas and roll it out with a rolling pin.
  2. Make cakes using a wineglass to shape the cakes.
  3. whisk the egg whites with sugar and add the vinegar and almonds in the end.
  4. Place the filling on the cookies and bake them for 8 minutes in 150 degrees Celsius.
  5. Eat them and enjoy!

Even if you are full – there’s always room for nothing!

Gode råd -good advice

  • 500 grams of flour.
  • 4 eggs.
  • 250 grams of sugar.
  • 3 teaspoons of cardamom.
  • 250 grams of butter.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar.

This is how you make gode råd:

  1. Mix sugar and butter together.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla sugar and cardamom.
  3. Add the flour a little at a time.
  4. Bake them in a frying pan. There are even special pans to make the Gode Råd in.
  5. Enjoy!
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