Aebleskive pans and mix
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The Saga of Aebleskiver!
Many years ago I was asked to write an article to the local Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Magazine, who wanted to know the origin of aebleskiver. As this delicacy has been around for hundreds of years, I was at a loss in how it all started. I spent many hours researching old papers and archives, but never found the origin I was looking for.
Since I had promised to come up with a story, I decided since facts were hard to come by, I was going to write fiction. So here we go:
Aebleskiver! Thanks heavens you
don't have to pronounce it to eat it. What is it you might wonder? This is probably the most
asked question in town.
Aebleskiver is a delicacy, supposedly invented by some Danes back in history. They are like a waffle or a pancake ball. The translation make people believe that there are slices of apples inside, which is correct--- if you put apple slices inside! You see, everybody, including me, has their own favorite recipe and way of serving them, all depending from where in Denmark the person and the recipe came from.
You can find them served several different ways in Solvang, CA. The most common way is with powdered sugar sprinkled over them and then topped with raspberry jam. Sometimes people have ventured to ask me how aebleskiver were invented and here I am always at a loss, because it is very old. One theory goes something like this:
Back in the good old days, when the Vikings were roaming up and down the coasts of Europe and the waters of the Atlantic, one band of these rough and tumble Vikings had been particularly hard hit in battle, so, when they got back on their ship all beat up and with their helmets and shields all dented and banged up, they decided to have one of their favorite dishes to help them regain their strength ---- pancakes!!
In those days they did not have modern conveniences such as frying pans, so, they greased their dented shields and poured the pancake batter on them over the fire but, guess what came out of the holes of the shields!
Now this is one theory.
The picture was taken recently at the Retired Greyhound meeting in Solvang. note the Sideways poster in which movie we were in.
Following is an email I received recently with a supposed continuation of the story I wrote a long time ago. It was written by a Richard Allen Lindstroem and I thought it was so good that I wanted to add it to my story.
Read it and enjoy.
When all the battering on each other with maces and broadswords was over it was a tie, so they decided to have something to eat before going home. They did not have anything to cook their dough on, so the Knights and the Vikings used their dinged and dented protective gear.
The Vikings' shields had deep pocket-like dents from
The Vikings asked the Knights what their name was for the delicious flat creased cakes. Of course the Vikings were speaking Norse and the Knight who answered thought they wanted to know if he wanted more to eat. He had his mouth full of aebleskiver when he said: "Well, I'm full. Thank you." What the Vikings heard was: "Wlmfl", and they thought he said "waffle", and the name stuck. So now you know how waffles came to be!
Of course we all know how aebleskiver got named. But for those
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Now go ahead and get some for yourself.
You will sure be happy you did.