Jim made these wonderful Aebleskiver Pancake Balls for our early family Christmas this year, and they were GOOD. I'm always happy to get another bread-y recipe! Especially from Jim, whose SCD fluffy pancakes are popular for good reason...
When we were first married, Jim took his Grandma's recipe for authentic Danish Aebleskiver and re-worked it for the SCD. He served them to me for breakfast and I could hardly get enough! They are so light and fluffy, it's actually hard to tell the difference between the SCD recipe and the regular one. (So they tell me...)
Somewhere between two moves and three kids we lost the recipe, but I kept thinking about them. So when I saw him whipping them up again for Christmas breakfast I was so happy!
His Grandma Alma was a hospitable Danish lady who loved to cook and entertain. She and Grandpa Gunny were Danish through and through, and retired in Solvang, a darling little Danish town in California. They were friends with one of the town's bakery owners and it's said that he liked some of her recipes so much that he used them in his bakery!
Jim has fond memories of Grandma Alma with her Aebleskiver pans set up on the outside grill (because the recipe can create some haze in the house), flipping Aebleskiver as fast as her little arms could go, and he and his brother and sister gobbling them down and running back for more!
He says they are best broken in half with jam slathered on top of each bite. I had mine with honey this time, and they were great! With orange juice and fruit and SCD yogurt & honey, if you're hungry enough, you'll have a wonderful breakfast.
As a little Christmas gift to you, we wanted to share them! You'll find the new recipe, along with a jam recipe, here.
The pan is the important part, of course, and you can find a great cast iron version here.
This could be a fun Christmas tradition!
Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love to get together with family, make and enjoy festive food, and give gifts! It's fun to be creative and try to find that perfect something that will make someone's day. There are some specialized items that those of us on the SCD would really enjoy, so I put together a list of some of my favorites (and some that I hope to receive one day!). So whether you're giving to an SCD cook, or you're wracking your brain for items to ask for, I hope this gift guide will enhance your Christmas celebrations!
1. Do you have a child who is on the SCD? This darling kids' chef set would be fun! If they learn to enjoy cooking SCD foods, they will be more likely to enjoy eating them too. The cookie cutters could be used to make legal Jello shapes or cute SCD sandwiches.
2. Having a countertop ice cream maker is so handy! I use mine pretty often and my whole family enjoys recipes like Coconut Date Ice Cream, Pumpkin Ice Cream, or a very Christmas-y flavored Nutmeg Ice Cream. Once you pour your ingredients in, the ice cream is ready in about 20-30 minutes. A plus is that our SCD ice cream recipes are as healthy as they are delicious.
3. A good cookbook holder with splatter guard is a useful gift and one of those things that we might not pamper ourselves with.
4. A creative travel mug is a pleasant way to sweeten everyday life. The fun design and porcelain material make my favorite cup of tea feel luxurious when I'm on the go.
5. Have you tried the Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker yet?? In warm weather it is my favorite go-to dessert. Just add frozen speckled bananas and frozen fruit of your choice, and you can have a variety of healthy, yummy frozen "ice cream" that your whole family will love.
6. My mom loves her electric water kettle! It provides hot water quickly and easily and can boil 1 1/2 liters at a time.
7. I love having three of these jars on hand for my two yogurt makers. That way, I can make one more batch ahead of time when I have eaten my first jar of yogurt. I also prefer glass jars so I avoid any chemicals that might leach out of the plastic containers when they warm up.
8. These individual condiment sauce cups are so versatile and useful. I use them all the time to keep things neat on a plate, my kids' snacks, or as a dipping container. I gave them to my mother-in-law a few years ago and she loves them.
9. Twinings Decaffeinated black tea is now my go-to tea, sweetened with honey. The flavor is so rich and deep. I feel like I'm treating myself every time I open one of the thick red packets. This pack of 6 would be nice.
10. A unique mixing bowl and whisk like this one would be a nice indulgence for someone who uses their kitchen a lot.
11. Interesting measuring spoons like these.
12. This stackable mixing bowl, prep bowls, and measuring set would be a great gift for a newer cook or someone who has less space in their kitchen.
13. Another fun set of measuring spoons - try these carved wooden ones!
14. This yogurt cheese maker adds something new to the SCD, because you can make the thickened yogurt into dips and spreads by adding spices, green onions, etc., or you can use it as a substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese. Also use it for any recipe that calls for dripped yogurt.
15. Larabars are such a great snack on-the-go! This three-flavor pack of legal bars would be a great stocking-stuffer!
When I came home from the hospital last week, a friend offered to bring my family dinner. I was expecting a nice non-SCD dinner that the rest of the family could eat, and was pleasantly surprised when she brought three delicious items off of the website that we could all eat! She brought one of my favorite main dishes, Thai Chicken and Vegetables, some legal jello with banana slices, and these yummy cinnamon cookies. All so delicious! To store the cookies, I love this type of container. They are great for storing leftovers, because they keep things tightly sealed and fresh (and I like that they are glass so the food isn't absorbing any chemicals from plastic when I re-heat main dish foods.) It feels wonderful to have food made for me sometimes! I didn't realize when I started the website what a nice and easy thing it would be to direct people over to it when they want to make sure I can eat something. That can be really handy for you and for your host or hostess, especially when the holidays roll around!
Hope you're having a good Monday!
Hi! I'm Erin from NoMoreCrohns.com... My Crohn's has been in complete remission while following the SCD for 13 years! What is everyday life like for me? Stop by for glimpses into my healthy life full of my husband, kids, shopping, cooking, homeschool, and the constant search for SCD-friendly foods!
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