Foolproof Scandinavian Cookbooks: Tried and tested by Baltzersen’s

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It’s hard to know where to begin with practicing cooking from another culture, especially one as varied as Scandinavia. To help you along we have given you an insight into our trusty reading resources so you can begin to explore … Continue reading

Introducing the Fastelavnsboller

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You may have noticed at the beginning of the week a new addition to the sea of cakes and pastries we bake each morning, and you may have found it harder than usual to pronounce the name. Fastelavnsboller, also known … Continue reading

Harrogate Independents: Recommended Independent Tradesmen

Improvements installed by Stuart Charlton, one of the independent tradesmen.

Having recently closed for a week Paul gives a brief account of the work we’ve had done including recommendations for some of the independent tradesmen that carried out the work……. It had been 2 years and 3 months since we … Continue reading

But First, Let’s Fika: One of Sweden’s simplest pleasures

Homemade Scandinavian delicacy, Skolebrød in Baltzersen's cafe, Harrogate.

We have all taken a fika at some point. It may have been earlier today, at the weekend, or maybe you are about to take one now. You might take a fika with a friend, a family member or even … Continue reading

Guest Coffee: Our first ever guest coffee on espresso!

Guest coffee from North Star Roast and Koppi coffee.

We have come a long way in terms of our coffee knowledge and confidence since we opened two and a bit years ago and this week we’re proud to say we will have our first ever guest coffee available as … Continue reading

Independent Food Leeds: Bundobust…..and other musings

Seth at Independent food outlet Bundobust

With the Christmas rush now well and truly behind us time has suddenly allowed for Paul to get back into Leeds with the family and try out another great example of independent food that opened in 2014. Continue reading

Brunch in Harrogate with Baltzersen’s

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We say “brunch in Harrogate,” because obviously breakfast is the most tasteful meal of the day, but what a terrible time to serve it! Wait a few hours, have a coffee, then go to BRUNCH – it’s really the cat’s … Continue reading

Indie food in Harrogate – a Baltzersen’s summary

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As we’ve mentioned before, the amount of independent business in Harrogate is staggering; partly as a result of the wealthy micro-economy, but also in large part due to the abundant history, legacy and culture of local, community and family-driven business. … Continue reading

Independents in Harrogate

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If you’ve kept up with our blog, you’ll know by now that we’re big on independent business. It’s not for the free samples we pass between shops (though that’s a big attraction as well), it’s because independent business is more … Continue reading

Christmas in Harrogate – a Baltzersen’s guide

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Christmas is a fairly big deal in Scandinavian culture. Sure, we all like to get down with the season, but Nordic folk are particularly aggressive about it, inheriting a lot of personal investment in the season from German culture. That … Continue reading