Last week, the Blog Pantry, our Twin Cities women’s blogging group, met at Local D’Lish to make aebleskivers and collect donations for the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.
Local D’Lish is a neighborhood grocery store featuring many, many local, organic, and sustainable foods, located at 208 N 1st Street in downtown Minneapolis. Their local spring produce provided a feast for the eyes as well as the palette. If you live in the Twin Cities, I’d definitely check it out! They’ve even got an urban farming set up where they use fish in a tank to fertilize small indoor crops of greens. Your kids will think it’s cool!
Aebleskivers are Danish spherical pancakes and they are a blast to make. My mom made them when I was a kid, but I hadn’t had one in years. You use a special pan to cook them and can put a sweet or savory treat in the middle as they brown. We filled ours with bacon, apples, chocolate, herbs, strawberries-you name it, and dipped some in jam, honey or homemade caramel sauce when we ate them. (They’re also great with butter and syrup.) Yum!
Chad from Aunt Else’s Aebleskivers was there to demonstrate how to turn them with a stainless steel chopstick as they cooked and we had a contest to see who could make the best one!
Kids would have a great time making these (with proper supervision, of course.) I think I’ll buy an aebleskiver pan for my parents’ cabin, where we have time for fun, leisurely breakfasts.
If you’re looking for a pan, or anything else you need to make these Dutch treats, go to Aunt Else’s Aebleskiver‘s website. They’re a local company that makes organic aebleskiver mix, gluten-free aebleskiver mix & aebleskiver pans. (Their pans are made at a small, local foundry.) They also make fresh aebleskiverseach Saturday at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, which is a great family destination!
My favorite food find at Local D’Lish was the garlic pepper jelly from Lucille’s Kitchen Garden. They make delicious savory pepper jams that are friendly to the Minnesota palate and a new line of Little Lucy’s fruit spreads with amazing combinations like Strawberry-Vanilla & Raspberry-Lime. You can find their preserves at stores and their booth at the Mill City Farmer’s Market.
Do you have any favorite, fun foods you like to make with your kids?