Christmas doughnuts

Christmas doughnuts

By
From
The Scandinavian Cookbook
Serves
10-12
Photographer
Lars Ranek

The four Sundays before Christmas are called ‘Sundays in advent’. Many people will throw an afternoon party on one of these Sundays, get together to bake cookies, make gingerbread houses, go skating, take a walk in the woods, play games, eat Christmas doughnuts (æbleskiver) and drink mulled wine. The butter-fried doughnuts are cooked in a special pan that has about 10 ball-like indentations, but you could simply fry them like pancakes. Glögg is warm red wine with aquavit and spices. It is a lovely drink to serve when it is cold outside. Be careful with the aquavit, or leave it out altogether, to make the mulled wine a bit lighter, with a sweeter taste.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
40g fresh yeast
800ml milk, lukewarm
550g plain wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 vanilla pods
2 tablespoons caster sugar
4 eggs, separated
100-150g butter, for frying

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
icing sugar
raspberry jam

Method

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the milk in a bowl. In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and cardamom. Slit the vanilla pods lengthways, scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife and add them to the dry ingredients with the sugar.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks into the milk mixture – using an electric mixer if possible. Add the dry ingredients and beat to make a dough. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold them into the dough. Leave the batter to stand for 40 minutes.
  3. Heat the pan over a medium heat. Put a little butter in each indentation and when it has melted pour in some of the batter. Cook for 3–5 minutes or until golden underneath, then turn the doughnuts over so that they form a ball. Continue frying for about 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately with raspberry jam and hot mulled wine.
Tags:
Scandinavian
Trine Hahnemann
seasonal
healthy
Danish
Swedish
Norwegian
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