Every family has their own special memories. Those things that instantly make everyone smile and tell their own stories.
One of those things in my wife’s family centers around a recipe for Aebelskivers. They’re a traditional ball shaped Danish pancake. You make them on the stovetop in a special pan.
Until I met my wife I had never heard of Aebelskivers but over the course of our marriage I’ve heard how great they are many times.
My wife remembers her Grandma making them for her as an after school snack. One of her cousins won a blue ribbon making them at the Iowa State Fair.
Getting an Aebelskiver pan and making them is something my wife has always said she was going to do… but just never did.
A month or so ago I saw some discussion on Facebook between my wife and some relatives about Aebelskivers. That’s when I got the idea to give a pan to make them to my wife for Christmas.
I emailed one of the cousins who said she had their Grandma’s recipe asking for it. She sent it… but did one better. She sent a scan of the handwritten recipe from their Grandma!
How cool is that? I printed the recipe card out on photo paper and gave it to my wife as part of her Christmas presents… along with everything needed to make them.
We got busy and finally got around to making them today as we celebrated Christmas at my in-laws.
I have to say it was pretty neat seeing three generations (my Mother-in-law, wife, and daughters) in the kitchen making Grandma’s recipe.
There was lemon rind grating.
to make the batter just like Grandma made.
Then it was time to fill the pan.
It was the first time anyone had made them without Grandma’s help and we weren’t quite sure exactly when to flip them… but we figured it out fairly quickly. There were only a couple that came out to doughy in the middle.
My oldest daughter plated them up and sprinkled on some powdered sugar. Then the moment of truth. The tasting!
Would they be as good as my wife remembered? Would the Aebelskivers live up to the hype or would they be a let down?
I can tell you that without a doubt they were delicious! Just like my wife remembered.
A few of them we even put a chunk of fresh strawberry in the middle. Those were my favorite. I’m thinking sometime we might try making them with a little dab of jam or applesauce in the middle.
I’m glad this is one tradition that will live on in the family and hope that my daughters have fond memories of Aebelskivers just like their Mom.
Somewhere up in Heaven this morning my daughters’ Great Grandma was looking down with a huge smile on her face… and probably a few words of correction when my youngest sent flour everywhere using the sifter for the first time.
What food is a tradition in your family?
If you’re interested in getting an Aebelskiver pan of your own, this is the one we got. It’s from Nordic Ware and came with a recipe book. I purchased this pan because I was fairly certain it was one that one of my wife’s cousins recommended.
It worked well on my Mother-in-laws smooth surface cooktop but I think it will work even better on our gas range where we can control the heat easier. Before wrapping it to give to my wife I put it on our stove and it fit our cooking grate perfectly.