The Earth is Full of the Lovingkindness of the Lord

A New Year's Day Tradition

A New Year’s Day Tradition

Some years ago, one of my employers gave each employee a Christmas gift basket which included an aebleskiver pan, a photo copy of a recipe for aebleskiver and a box of aebleskiver mix. The recipe and article were from Sunset Magazine’s February 2001 issue, page 138. The article featured the kit offered by Columbia Empire Farms which you can find here.

 Before I met Brody, I would often prepare aebleskivers as a New Year’s Day treat for my roommates or family. After I met Brody, the aebleskiver pan remained in a box in the garage for many years.

This New Year’s Day, I decided to find the pan, convert the recipe into a Brody-safe version and share the tasty cuties with my aunt and uncle who were visiting from Arizona.

Today, Brody and I both enjoyed a day off work, so we had a little extra leisure time. We enjoyed the aebleskivers again in order to take some photos to share.

Every time I make these, I usually suffer a few burns to my finger tips and mouth…. Be sure to let these cool sufficiently before tasting them! And if you don’t want to singe all the hair off your arms, be careful as you make these!

It’s kind of fun to make these with a filling, but it is much easier to make these plain and just break them open to apply butter and a topping as you eat them.

Here are the results of today’s fun in the kitchen.

Step 1: Find a recipe that works for you. I started with Sunset Magazine’s recipe and using the conversion method described in A Recipe for Survival, came up with a gluten-free, corn-free, potato-free version that worked for Brody.

 

Step 2: Oil your aebleskiver pan. Today, I used coconut oil. I used to use butter or olive oil for just about everything. That worked out great when I had a very limited budget for groceries. But as God has blessed us financially, I have been able to branch out and use a variety of oils and now am experimenting with some additional oils. A friend first alerted me to the health challenges that can come from heating oils beyond certain temperatures. So, I’ve paid better attention lately to the kind of oil I use for high temperatures. If you would like more information on this topic, you can read more from Dr. Pompa. I learned about his website from a friend who has had some great success in improving her health by using some of Dr. Pompa’s approaches.

 

Coconut oil for this experiment

Coconut oil for this experiment

Step 3: Mix up your batter, and if you want to add filling, you’ll want to have that close at hand.

 

Step 4: Heat up your aebleskiver pan. When a drop of water will dance on the pan, it is hot enough.

 

Step 5: Pour batter into each well of the pan.

 

So fun and tasty, too!

So fun and tasty, too!

Step 6: Allow the batter to cook enough to form a solid shell at the bottom and on the sides of each well. Add filling at this point if you’d like to. I used Blueberry and Strawberry Toppings (page 177 of A Recipe for Survival) for some of today’s batch. For the last round of pancakes, I chose to skip the filling.

 

Fun, but messy!

Fun, but messy!

Step 7: Using a sharp, thin knife or a wooden skewer, pierce the sides of each shell and lift it up 90 degrees to allow the uncooked batter to flow into the bottom of each well.

 

Like Ephraim, a Cake Half-Turned! :)

Like Ephraim, a Cake Half-Turned! 🙂

Step 8: Allow the batter to cook for about a minute. Then tuck the top of the aebleskivers into each well.

 

So cute!

So cute!

Step 9: If desired, dust the aebleskivers with powdered sugar, and then serve warm. If you spill the powdered sugar, I doubt anyone will complain! 🙂 This is a messy project, but fun….due to the mess and the frequent burns and singed hair I experience, I generally only make aebleskivers once per year!

 

These have a short lifespan in our home!

These have a short lifespan in our home!

Some of these turned out better than others! But they all tasted GREAT!

Some of these turned out better than others! But they all tasted GREAT!

We just celebrated our 6th anniversary! We still have some of the napkins from our reception, so I pull them out from time to time for a fun reminder of our special day. We also like a treat of gluten-free Canadian Bacon from Jones Dairy Farm now and then.

Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon

Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon

Brody makes the best scrambled eggs ever, so I always ask him to make them when we have a breakfast meal.

Breakfast for Supper is always a good idea!

Breakfast for Supper is always a good idea!

We are thankful for little joys of life – tasty, cute pancakes, gluten-free Canadian Bacon, and the best scrambled eggs ever… and we are also thankful for the bigger things in life such as our salvation and a marriage, that by God’s grace, has survived 6 years. The earth is indeed full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.

 

Psalm 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice;

The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.