Monday, December 22, 2008

Chirstmas foods from around the world - Denmark

This afternoon we celebrated Christmas with Dad's side of the family. Both Dad and Grandma are nurses so seldom do we celebrate Christmas with them on the actual day because inevitably one of them is scheduled to work. The tradition for us with them is to have the round Danish pancake called Aebleskiver. Aebleskiver require a special pan to make them. The pan has deep divots in it to give the Aebleskiver their round shape. We have these with grape jelly and sausages.

Aebleskiver - Denmark

Makes about 30

2 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups buttermilk
lard for frying

Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they can hold a stiff peak. Set aside.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, egg yolks, melted butter and buttermilk at one time and stir until blended. Gently fold in the egg whites last.
Put about 1tablespoon of lard in the bottom of each aebleskiver pan cup and heat until hot. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of the batter into each cup. As soon as they get bubbly around the edge, turn them quickly with a cake tester. When done roll in white sugar.

Batter in the Aebleskiver pan

Turn with a cake tester, or other pointed instrument, they flip right over.

Roll in sugar as soon as they are taken out of the pan.

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