Monday, September 26, 2011

A Taste of Solvang

A few weeks ago, Lucie and I were shopping at Trader Joe's and of course needed to try the sample of the day. I was so surprised to find them offering aebleskivers, traditional Danish pancakes in the shape of balls. Of course, they reminded me of Solvang where they are sold in many local restaurants. Although the sample did taste rather authentic, I didn't purchase any that day. After all, I brought our aebleskiver pan to Virginia with us. But, I did put "make aebleskivers" on my mental to-do list.

This past weekend, I decided to try my hand at making them again. Of course, I am certainly not skilled at it. I don't make them nearly often enough. I tried a recipe that came with our newest (and nonstick!) pan from Williams-Sonoma. Traditionally, aebleskiver are served topped with raspberry jam and powdered sugar. I didn't have any of that on hand, so we tried "filling" the aebleskivers instead as instructed in the W-S recipe. Basically, you put a tablespoon of batter in each hole of the pan, put on a dollop of jam (or other filling) and then top with another tablespoon of batter. We filled them with Honey Apple Butter from Trader Joe's. Although the actual pancake didn't taste as good as a recipe made with buttermilk, the filling was good. The girls enjoyed them very much...and that made it worth it.

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