How do I describe this traditional Danish Christmas treat to someone who has never been to Denmark? Well, the name “aebleskiver” means “apple slices” but the ones we serve have never seen an apple. Instead they’re more like pancake puffs made with wheat and sugar and eaten with jam and powdered sugar. We eat them at all occasions throughout December. We have this Danish term called “hygge”, which describes a state of warmth and friendliness together with coziness, sense of belonging and well being. And whenever someone invites you to “hygge” in December, they serve “aebleskiver”. This goes for your work place, your kids’ kindergarten or school, your sports team, your family etc. In the end of the month, you feel like you’ll drop down dead rather than eat another “aebleskive”.
LOW CARB VERSION OF THIS TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS TREAT
My take on this traditional recipe is completely different. First, it actually contains apples. And second, it doesn’t contain any gluten/grains or sugar. And I think it tastes 100 times better!
I never really liked the traditional “aebleskiver” much. If I should point out one thing I did like about them was the possibility to legitimately inhale powdered sugar in public but I stopped doing that years ago. And really, powdered sugar is not all that sexy when you think about it!
Today is the first Sunday in Advent and if I could choose what to do today, I’d make a portion of these “aebleskiver” and eat them with my family this afternoon. Instead, I’ll throw yet another birthday party for 9 girls and when the birthday is over, I’ll be too exhausted to do anything. Happy Sunday, right?
But maybe I have convinced you to give this traditional Danish Christmas recipe a try.
MAKES 10 AEBLESKIVER
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- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup (100 ml) of coconut milk (or milk or heavy cream)
- optional: 1 tablespoon of Sukrin Gold (erythritol/stevia based sweetener)
- 40g of butter
- 1/4 cup (100 ml) Fat-reduced almond flour (by Sukrin)
- ½ tsp of vanilla powder
- ½ tsp of cardamom
- 3 apples
- odourless coconut oil or butter for frying
2. Melt butter and add to the egg mix. Also add all the dry ingredients and let the batter rest while the fibres from the almond flour absorbs all the liquid. This is why it’s so important to use this specific type of almond flour!
3. Cut the apples in thin slices and remove the core so you have apple rings.
4. And now for the tough part. Dip the apple slices in the batter so they’re all covered in batter. It gets a bit messy.
5. Preheat coconut oil or butter in a skillet and fried the battered apple slices on both sides. Turn them carefully as they seem to break a bit easily.
Serve with homemade sugar free jam and maybe some powdered erythritol.
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