Good morning! It’s been a cold but sunny weekend, and how I loved the light after so many dark days. Did you have a good break?
I had a jolly weekend celebrating an early Christmas with beloved rellies from Canada, Washington and Amsterdam. We piled on couches for much laughter and story-telling and clustered around the table for Mum’s divine Christmas feast. It was so great having everyone there, watching a movie with heaps of buttery popcorn, making plans for family adventures.
We got to see my brother’s pictures from his vacation to Israel and Lebanon a couple weeks ago and downed cup after cup of strong coffee accompanied by Butter Tarts, Nanaimo Bars and my Danish grandmother’s fabulous Krumkake. They are the prettiest little cookies, baked in a molded press on the stove top. While we Danes eat ours plain, the Norwegians are known to shape theirs into cones and fill them with whipped cream and fruit.
Do you have any traditional cookies that you can’t imagine your holiday without?
This is my contribution to Chaya’s Meatless Mondays.
Grandma Bjorn’s Danish Krumkake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. freshly ground cardamom
6 Tbsp water
- Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in cardamom and flour, mixing well.
- Add water until batter is the consistency of pancake batter.
- Lightly grease both sides of krumkake iron with cooking spray or melted butter.
- Heat iron over medium to medium-high burner. (Any hotter and iron will scorch)
- Ladle generous tablespoon of batter onto center of the iron. Close iron, squeezing handles together gently to spread batter, but not so tightly that batter leaks out.
- Cook for 30 seconds, flip iron over, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
- Flip iron back to initial position, open, and remove and transfer cookie to cooling rack.
- You can also immediately roll cookie around a krumkake cone or the handle of a wood spoon. Cool slightly then slip off and allow to cool on rack.
- Store in tightly sealed container in order to retain crispness.
- Serve alone or filled with whipped cream and fruit.