A Special Holiday Tour: Baking NOW
We’ve been blessed this year with a long, gentle autumn. The temps are falling, but the leaves are still clinging to some of my favorite trees. I’m enjoying this slower transition into the colder months. Usually it happens so fast! Fall departs and winter arrives before I even think of the holidays. But this year the slower autumn has given me more time to warm up to the idea of glittering lights, family photos, gifts for loved ones, and holiday baking. I don’t bake nearly as much as I would like during the year, but the holidays provide a perfect excuse to revisit the recipes I love most. My holiday baking favorites include peanut butter bars, stamped butter cookies, irresistible chocolate raspberry bars, and Danish-style filled pancakes called Ebelskivers (more on those in a minute).
This year, I’ve joined with a few blogging friends who also have beloved recipes they are excited to share. I’m hoping you’ll join us each Tuesday from now until Christmas for a special holiday tour we’re calling Baking NOW. Even if you don’t usually bake, this tour will give you a chance to make some new blogging friends, enjoy some holiday stories, and win a special giveaway provided by Nordic Ware (Nordic Ware graciously donated a portion of the Baking NOW giveaway, but there are no affiliate links in this post. Links are for information purposes only.) and More Than Oregano. If you do bake, hang onto yourself because we’ll be giving you some great recipes you can add to your holiday repertoire. They’re delicious and holiday tradition worthy!
A Danish Delectable – Ebelskivers
Have you heard of Ebelskivers (pronounced able-skeevers)? They’re a danish delectable that are truly holiday worthy but also great any time of year. Directly translated, ebelskiver means apple slices. Traditional ebelskivers are made from a fluffy pancake batter stuffed with tiny slices of apples and baked into small spheres using a special pan. But modern cooks are inventive and today ebelskivers are filled with everything from fresh preserves to chocolate to meat and cheese. Truth be told, if you can dice it small and eat it, you can fill an ebelskiver with it. Creative cooking reigns in the world of ebelskiver making!
I came across ebelskivers several years ago when I was looking for a holiday snack my three sons would enjoy. I was looking for one snack they’d all love. Ebelskivers fit the need perfectly. I whipped up a batch of the simple batter and filled each pancake with raspberry jam. That was the beginning. Since then we’ve filled our ebelskivers with a variety of jams, ham and gouda cheese, canadian bacon and sheep cheese, herbs, and apples. As I write this I have some fresh pumpkin puree that I’ll add to my next batch.
Another reason I enjoy making ebelskivers is I can easily put different fillings into each ebelskiver. ( A baker’s dream when cooking for kiddos/guests who may be a bit more “selective” in their tastes!) The batter is poured into the individual wells of the ebelskiver pan, then the filling added, and another 1-2 tablespoons of batter are added to the top. As long as the fillings are pre-prepared, you can easily put whatever you like into each little pancake and make a variety of different flavors in one batch.
Baking NOW Giveaway
I’d love for you to try ebelskivers! They are so easy to make. Once you get started, you may be making them more often than just for the holidays. From now until November 20th, we’ll be giving an ebelskiver package away as part of the Baking NOW tour. I want to thank Nordic Ware for generously donating a high-quality ebelskiver pan ($50 value) for one lucky winner! This is an exceptional prize!
I’ve been using Nordic Ware baking products for many years now. Nordic Ware is a family owned Minnesota-based company that’s produced high-quality bakeware for 68 years! They’re most famous for their incredible Bundt® pan. I love them for the variety of baking pans they carry as well as their commitment to the community. Four years ago Nordic Ware launched their employee Community Gardens. Interested employees were provided with 8’x4′ garden plots, all seedlings, seeds, and necessary tools required to grow healthy vegetables. In return, Nordic Ware asks their employee gardeners to use organic methods and to provide 10% of their weekly harvest to the local food shelf.
In addition to the Nordic Ware Ebelskiver Pan, the same person will receive an awesome Ebelskivers cookbook filled with an incredible amount of creative recipies, and a pair of wooden skewers for turning the little pancake pastries. The cookbook and skewers are provided by More Than Oregano. The randomly chosen winner will be contacted by email after November 20, 2015.*
The Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. We’ll be announcing the winner soon!
*Once contacted, the randomly chosen winner will have 48 hours to provide a valid postal address to receive their prize. Due to shipping costs and holiday rush, some areas may be restricted.
One last item before we wrap up for today. There are many ebelskiver batter variations. Here’s my favorite.
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- ½ t. baking powder
- ¼ t. salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 C. buttermilk
- 2 T. unsalted butter, melted & cooled
- 1½ t. sugar
- 1 T. unsalted butter, melted (to prepare ebelskiver pan)
- Whisk together first 3 ingredients (flour, baking powder & salt) in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl, add buttermilk and melted butter. Fold into dry ingredients. Mixture will be lumpy (similar to pancake batter).
- In a separate bowl beat egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Gently fold half of the beaten egg whites into the batter until no egg white shows. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Brush the wells of the ebelskiver pan with butter, then heat over medium high burner. Fill each well half full, add desired fillings, then top with 1-2 tablespoons of batter. Let cook 3-4 minutes, then turn using wooden skewers. Cook another 2-3 minutes. Transfer to waiting plate. (Can put in a low heated oven, approximately 200 degrees, while cooking remaining batter.) Repeat for remaining batter.
- Possible fillings: jam, chopped fresh fruit, ham & cheese, thicker syrup, peanut butter, chocolate chips, etc.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first week of our tour. There’s so much more ahead. Next Tuesday we’ll be featuring All from An Allli Event and her holiday recipe. Don’t forget to stop back!
Baking NOW Holiday Tour Schedule
November 10 – Alli from An Alli Event
November 17 – Janet from Jan’s Jars
November 24 – Jen McGuiness from Frau Zinnie
December 1 – Bren Haas from Creative Living & Growing with Bren
December 8 – Caroline from Extravagant Gardens
December 15 – Angie from Angie The Freckled Rose
December 22 – Baking NOW Host ~ Beth, from More Than Oregano