Truckee couple makes Danish cookie twist
Using a recipe that has been in the family for five generations, Dr. Brooks Bloomfield and his wife Jennifer have begun making Danish klina cookies available for sale around Truckee under the Doc’s Fine Foods label.
Dr. Bloomfield had been a full-time veterinarian for 20 years until one of his horse patients kicked him violently in the chest, leaving him with lasting health problems. Though unable to do the kind of heavy lifting necessary to continue his veterinary work, Dr. Bloomfield still practices veterinary medicine once a week in Tahoe City. However, he has had to look for alternate sources of income to support his family since the injury.
Jennifer and Brooks began making the klina, often spelled “klejner”, 22 years ago when Jennifer’s grandmother gave them the family recipe. Brooks had never tasted the traditional Danish holiday cookies before, but when they sent a sample of their work to grandma, she approved, and they have been in charge of making klina for the family ever since.
The Bloomfields have been shipping klina to family members during the holidays for years now, but it was only about a month ago that they decided to sell them commercially in stores and coffee shops around the Truckee area.
With the help of Brian Smart, the owner of the Wagon Train in downtown Truckee, the Bloomfields set up shop making klina in the Wagon Train kitchen after hours, usually once or twice a week.
They typically make around 400 cookies per night, which may not seem like a huge number. Considering that each cookie is handmade, though it can be a lot of work.
Fortunately, the Bloomfields make cooking seem fun. Brooks excitedly calls Jennifer over to see each new batch of klina come out of the canola oil with a perfect golden brown color. “We come in here and have a good time,” Brooks said, adding that they often bring their son Ben and daughter Katherine along for the evening.
The name for Doc’s Fine Foods comes from the character “Doc” that Brooks portrays with the Truckee Railroad Regulators 601. So far the community has supported their most recent endeavor, and the Bloomfields are hoping to get as many people as possible to try the klina.
“It’s been fun to be able to share them with so many people,” Jennifer said.
Currently available at the Wagon Train, Wild Cherries, Florian’s, Clutter, Jackass Ridge and Tahoe Berry, klina are excellent when paired with coffee or enjoyed as a light dessert.
Brooks and Jennifer are currently experimenting with variations on the traditional recipe including citrus flavored klina, chocolate dipped klina and klina with powdered sugar. Look for these and other interesting foods from the Doc’s Fine Foods label available around Truckee.
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