Ebelskivers

One of our family’s favorite New Year’s traditions is to make a Danish filled pancake dish called Ebleskievers.

We love to fill them with jam or chocolate chips–for the sweet version…

…or fill them with bacon and scrambled eggs for the savory breakfast!!

Either way–

it’s kind of criminal to only make these lovelies once a year!

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My mother bought the pan when I was a kid in the little Danish town of Solvang, California, but you’ll be happy to know that you can buy these pans almost anywhere–William Sonoma, Walmart, or even on Amazon. Now that’s not so scary, right?

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Ingredients:

4 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups milk

Directions:

Beat egg yolks; beat in sugar. Combine dry ingredients. Add alternately with butter and milk. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold into batter. Grease  ebelskiver pan with about 1/8 tsp. butter in each well.  Heat pan on medium. Fill depressions with about 1 tablespoon of batter. Add a half teaspoon of jelly, fruit, or chocolate and cover with a bit more batter.

When cooked on bottom, turn with skewers or two forks. Cook other side. Regrease pan between batches. If desired, dust with powdered sugar. Eat them before anyone catches you in the kitchen. heh, heh, heh.

You won’t be sorry.

Ebelskivers
 
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Beat egg yolks; beat in sugar.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add alternately with butter and milk.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry.
  5. Fold into batter.
  6. Grease ebelskiver pan with about ⅛ tsp. butter in each well.
  7. Heat pan on medium.
  8. Fill depressions with about 1 tablespoon of batter.
  9. Add a half teaspoon of jelly, fruit, or chocolate and cover with a bit more batter.
  10. When cooked on bottom, turn with skewers or two forks.
  11. Cook other side.
  12. Regrease pan between batches.
  13. If desired, dust with powdered sugar.

 

Measuring Stick

We have a funny little patio roof outside the window that perfectly measures the level of snow that falls out back at any given time–without me having to open the door. How’s that for brilliant? 

It’s positively the best measuring stick for those snowy, snuggly days that are best spent indoors with a pretend YouTube fireplace, soft music and a mug of hot chocolate. 

That about 4 inches right there. 

Yessiree. We’re happily staying put. 

Candy Turkey Legs

Ok, guys–are these the cutest little turkey drumsticks that you’ve ever, EVER seen?! You KNOW they are!

And  no lie, they taste so good, you’ll be lucky if somebody doesn’t eat them all in one sitting. Ahem.

First, you’ll need three simple things:

1 bag of Braided Pretzel Sticks

1 bag Kraft Caramels

Dipping chocolate– we used 2 large Symphony bars

Here’s how you make them. 

Snap one end off the pretzels or they will be too long and look funny.  You can see that we didn’t break too much off. Just enough to make them the right size.

Next you’ll want to warm up the caramels. You can do this a few different ways. You can soften them up with a few seconds in the microwave–if you have one. We don’t, so we put them in a Ziploc bag and set them in a bowl of hot water. It worked just fine.

We’re not trying to melt the caramels–just make them soft enough to mold, kind of like clay.

Next, wrap the caramel around the broken end of the pretzel. Mold and shape it like a turkey leg–a blob at one end, tapering down towards the middle of the pretzel.

You’ll have a sweet little plate of naked drumsticks when you’re finished. While they sit there in all their skinned, raw, vulnerable glory you’ll need to melt the chocolate. We just put it in a small pan and warmed it on the stove on low.

Once it’s completely melted, dip the little things in the chocolate and let them rest on wax paper. You might want to be smarter than I was and put the wax paper on a pan first. That way you can pop them in the fridge to help them set faster.

I don’t know about you, but I simple LOVE giving someone a surprise that makes them say, “OH, MY GOSH!! How adorable!”

Then they laugh–

which is, of course my all time favorite reaction.

Luckily, I made a million of these.

Guess I’m just a needy little soul.

Ha.

 

 

PS- This recipe was first spotted on Taste of Home Recipes. I only did one minor tweak–using one caramel instead of two and breaking the pretzels.

Happy Little Snowman


We’ve had our first snow of the season–and it’s about TIME! Sheesh. Used to be that we’d have snow in late October/early November– but I digress.

ANYway we were sooooo excited to wake up to the white stuff that the first order of business for the guy was to make a teeny, tiny snowman! You can’t really tell, but he is on a rock leading right up to our porch so he’s the perfect “welcome to our humble home” envoy~!!

My hope is that is stays cold enough to freeze him solidly to that rock all winter long. After all…everyone can use a smile from a itty bitty snowman.