Sunday the 3rd of December is the first Sunday in Advent. This means there is less than a month, or four sundays until Christmas eve. Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Many families invite familie and friends to eat Christmas Donuts and drink Gløgg, mulled hot wine, on the first sunday Others will invite family over for a Christmas lunch and afterwards eat Christmas donuts and drink gløgg. Most will lite one candle of an advents decorations representing the first Sunday in Christmas, one for each of the four sundays before Christmas eve. All of the Danes will at one time or another eat Christmas doughnuts and drinks lots of Gløgg. These donuts can be made on an æbleskiver pan and if you don’t live in Denmark, they can be brought on the internet.
Here are some recipes to get the season started.
Christmas Donuts or as the Danes say Æbleskiver
These doughnuts, which are only eaten at Christmas time, are baked on top of the stove in a special pan with a hole for each doughnut. It is called an “æbleskive” pan. These doughnuts can also be made with an electric pan on the table top
½ lb. flour
½ tsk. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp. baking powder
butter for baking
1 small apple, cored and diced
To make donuts, combine flour, salt and sugar. Beat the buttermilk with the egg yolks, and add the flour mixture. Add baking powder and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Heat the “æbleskive” pan and put melted butter in each hole. Pour batter into each hole, not quite filling them. Put a little piece of apple in the center of the donut. Turn quickly with a knitting needle or fork when half done, 1-2 minutes. Let them cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.
To serve, serve donuts warm with icing sugar and jelly.
Each person takes two or three “æbleskive” on their plate together with a tablespoon of icing sugar and a tablespoon of jelly. The æbleskiver is first dipped in jelly and afterwards in sugar, then eaten with fingers.
Gløgg – Warm Red Wine Drink
This hot drink is usaully served at Christmas together with “æbleskiver” or Christmas cookies.
1 bottle of red wine
3 thin strips of lemon rid
3 pieces of cardamom
4 whole cloves
1-2 pieces (2 inches) of cinnamon
½-1 cup of raisins
1 oz. blanced, coarsly chopped almonds
½-1 cup port wine
To make gløgg, pour one cup of the red wine into a casserole. Add the lemon rind and the spices. Bring the mixture to the point of boiling and simmer, 10 minutes. Strain and add the rest of the red wine, raisins and almonds. Bring the mixture again to the boiling point and remove from the heat. Add port wine and serve immediately in a cup or glass with spoon. This way the raisins and almonds can be eaten.