We always celebrated Little Christmas Eve(lille Julaften). It meant decorating the Christmas tree and also having aebleskiver and jam.
Aebleskiver are small round pancake balls made in a special aebleskiver pan. They are made on top of the stove and the pan traditionally is made of cast iron. My mother also had an antique copper aebleskiver pan that belonged to her mother and grandmother.
It makes 7 round pancake balls the size of golfballs. Aebleskiver means apple slices..which means you can place a slice of apple in the middle before it is cooked, some cooked apple or jam. Traditionally a knitting needle is used to turn the aebleskiver around.
Here is a recipe that is recommended by the Solvang Restaurant:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs separated
1 to 3 tbsp melted butter
Sift dry ingredients. Beat egg yolks, add to buttermilk. Combine with dry ingredients, add melted butter. Let rest about 30 minutes. Fold in beaten egg whites. Cook in lightly oiled or buttered Aebleskiver pan. Remove from pan and generously sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with raspberry jam
In Denmark you can now buy the aebleskiver frozen and many people also make them ahead of time and freeze them. Not a bad idea!
Enjoy lille Julaften! I will be here with Danish Christmas music playing, a candle, the tree lit and memories of my childhood.
til next time…Eva