What’s for dinner? (10.4.08)
I love pancakes. Another brilliant food invention – so simple, so versatile, so yummy and satisfying. Imagine my sheer delight to discover there’s something even better out there.
I was headed to the local Williams-Sonoma brick-and-mortar at lunch one day (hunting for sources for more of my new favorite line of cookware, All-Clad Copper Core), when I stepped in the door and came face-to-face with my latest obsession: aebleskiver. Danish for “apple slices,” aebleskiver (a.k.a. ebelskiver) are small puffed pancakes stuffed with jams, chocolate, butters, fruit, etc., that Scandanavians have enjoyed for generations.
Now, working in marketing, you’d think I’d be immune to the wiles of the front-end store display. But, all the stars had aligned for the merchandisers at W-S this week, and somehow they had assembled a table of products that might as well have had a sign hanging over it reading, “Karen, these products are just for you.”
I don’t recall how I first heard about aebleskiver. Probably from the Chef’s Catalog I receive. (So, where have I been all this time, through all these Scandanavian generations, you might ask? Not sure. And heck, I even studied Swedish in college…) But, ever since I saw a photo of those little round stuffed pancakes, their potential for all manner of yummy goodness hasn’t been far from my thoughts. So, that day, I turned the corner, and all in one huge aisle-blocking display was: an aebleskiver pan, pumpkin pancake mix, and pecan pumpkin butter (huzzah huzzah). And, the kicker, a stack of recipe cards for Pecan Pumpkin Filled Pancakes.
I was powerless before it. It was simply meant to be.
So, $80 lighter and one novelty pan later, I knew what I was going to have for dinner on Saturday. (Note: the pan is the cat’s pajamas, and I’m glad I have it, but you can get it at least $10 cheaper elsewhere. Sorry, W-S, but you know you’re over-priced, and proud of it.)
Now, skipping briefly ahead to the end, the recipe is just awesome, as were the food products from W-S. Everything is highly recommended. It was also kinda fun experimenting with a technique that requires you use to wooden skewers for non-kabob purposes.
I cannot wait to try other fillings – maybe even savory fillings….