I’ve mentioned before that I have a real desire to make a connection with my family roots, particularly with the women and the culinary traditions they would have passed down to their daughters through the generations. Many of these were lost when my great grandparents moved to Canada many years ago, so I’m attempting to revive some of them with my children before they’re lost entirely.
I was doing some research on wood stoves recently (I refuse to use our hopelessly inefficient 35 year old gas furnace and would love to get a wood stove to replace the space heaters we’re currently using), and spotted this old aebleskiver pan on Ebay for next to nothing. It’s made by Jotul, a Norwegian maker of beautiful cast iron wood stoves. After a good cleaning and reseasoning, it looked as good as new. Aebleskiver are puffy Scandinavian pancakes that are often filled with jam or pieces of apple. The bottom of the cups are rounded, so when you flip the pancakes, you end up with little round “puff balls”.The recipe that I used (find it here) seems like a good one. I altered it by using 3 eggs instead of 2, and I substituted half yogurt/half milk for the buttermilk. Their taste and texture are similar to Yorkshire Pudding (eggy and soft) only slightly sweeter.I filled some of them with Peach Melba (peach/raspberry) jam while they were cooking, and left some plain so the kids could fill them with whatever they wanted. We tried maple syrup, honey, pear butter, and peach jam, all of which were delicious. They’d be amazing with whipped cream and raspberry jam (maybe Christmas morning!).Aebleskiver make a yummy weekend breakfast, and are sure to be a hit no matter what your family’s background!