Friday, August 2, 2019

Doing Danish at St. Marc Cafe

That buttery and multi-layered sweet pastry always saves the day. Whenever you need that sugar fix to get through the rest of the day, you just can't go wrong with the Danish...

...and you can find some of the finest examples of this indulgent bakery treat at St. Marc Cafe, also known for their signature Chococro (for more on St. Marc Cafe, see my previous posts, Grab Your Chococro at St. Marc Cafe, Now Open at Mega Fashion Hall on their opening five years ago, #LocoForChococro: St. Marc Cafe's New Banana Walnut Chococro and Food News: #LocoForChococro with St. Marc Cafe's New Black Sesame Chococro on their seasonal variants). Let's do St. Marc Cafe.

The soft, flaky and delicately layered and laminated pastry is known the world over as the Danish. But in Denmark, it's known locally as the wienerbrod or Viennese Bread tracing its origins to Austrian bakers who introduced the sweet pastry in Copenhagen back in 1850. A widespread strike by Danish bakers forced bakery owners to bring in Austrian bakers to fill in the gap. And these Austrian bakers brought their own baking traditions and specialties like the Plundergeback which soon became popular in Copenhagen. After the strike, Danish bakeries continued these Austrian specialties evolving into different varieties of what we now call the Danish (calling it the Austrian instead of Danish, though they introduced it to the Danes, just doesn't sound right without the "ish"). When Danish immigrants brought their wienerbrod to America, the popularity of the Danish was firmly established.

There are numerous styles and variations the world over, but one bite always ends with the same result. You'll want another. St. Mark Cafe adds its own intricate style to the Danish, weaving it with an indulgent spin just like their signature Chococro. The Butter Danish (P 100) at St. Marc Cafe combines the richness of butter with layers of delicate pastry for an indulgence that always hits the spot, specially when paired with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

The Cinnamon Raisin Danish (P 100) adds even more layers of decadent flavors with each bite, capped by the layers of soft pastry. The bold notes of cinnamon are given depth by the sweetness of the raisins, finished by rich buttery hints.  

The Butter Danish, Cinnamon Raisin Danish and the Almond Sugar Pie (P 75) are just some of the decadent expressions of the much-loved Danish, and you can get your Danish fix, freshly baked everyday, at St. Marc Cafe...

St. Marc's Cafe is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Edsa corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City or call 531-8062 for inquiries.

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