Hello, everyone, and happy 2013!
Please forgive my absence, but I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are enjoying the new year thus far! Rob and I moved into our new house a week and a half before Christmas, and then we left town to spend the holiday with his family. So we’ve been crazy busy, and my blog, unfortunately, has been neglected.
Now we’re back at home, and my new kitchen is finally all cleaned and set up for fantastic food-making! Furthermore, my new kitchen is now equipped with a new KitchenAid mixer thanks to my wonderful husband. Hurray! I’ve never owned one, so you can probably imagine my excitement. 😀
Aside from getting to spend lots of quality time with some quality people, that beautiful stand mixer was one of my favorite Christmas gifts. What was your favorite?
That good-looking bunch is my family. Aren’t they beautiful? God really blessed me by bringing them into my life. We gathered at Rob’s parents’ house, and we had a most joyful time!
Let’s get on to the food now, shall we? I’m a Midwest girl, and like most Midwesterners, my ancestry contains a fair amount of Norwegian roots. The Norsk Høstfest, America’s largest Scandinavian festival, is hosted annually by my hometown of Minot. As you’ve probably figured out by now, today’s recipe comes from Norway. Krumkake (pronounced KROOM-kah-kah), is a Norwegian waffle cookie that looks and tastes similar to a waffle cone.
Krumkaker (Yep, that’s the plural form of krumkake.) are usually rolled into a cone shape with a wooden tool like this. The cone form is great for filling with berries and cream, but I decided to go a different route today. I made them for a New Year’s party and rolled them tightly using a chopstick so they’d be easier to eat. Of course, drizzling chocolate over the top was completely necessary. I loved the outcome so much that the chopstick method might replace the cone method from now on!
They taste like a chocolate covered doughnut. But they’re not nearly as sinful as a chocolate covered doughnut. And that, my friends, is a WIN.
If you’re familiar with krumkake and have an iron for making them, that’s awesome! If not, here’s an electric one that’s similar to mine. My grandma gave me an old one, so I’m not even sure where it came from. It’s old, but it still works great!
The recipe is super easy, but it does require a krumkake iron. If you don’t have one, I’m sorry; I racked my brain as well as the Internet to find alternatives, but nothing else will quite do.
recipe from Creative Kitchen (a local culinary store)
- 3 large eggs, well beaten
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 to 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Turn on the krumkake iron, and grease it with non-stick spray. (If using a stove-top iron, follow these instructions.)
- Cream the eggs and sugar. Add the flour and salt.
- Mix in the water, butter, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth. (The batter will be liquid-y like thick cream or a thin pancake batter.)
- Pour about one tablespoon of batter (depending on the size of your iron) onto the hot iron and cook until lightly golden (about one minute). A cookie scoop works great!
- Carefully remove the cookie from the iron using a wooden cone or chopstick, and roll it immediately. The handle of a wooden spoon will work as well.
- Set the hardened cookie aside, and repeat with the remaining batter.
- Melt the chocolate chips either in the microwave or over a double boiler, and lay out the cookies on wax paper or parchment paper. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies, let it dry, and enjoy!
** Recipe makes about 3 dozen krumkaker (depending on the iron size). Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
This was my first time adding chocolate to krumkake, and it surely will NOT be the last! 🙂
Confession: I got home from work much later than expected on New Year’s Eve and never made it to my friend’s celebration… Therefore, I ate lots and lots of krumkake.
Did you make any tasty eats for a New Year’s get-together?
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