Sunday the 30th of November is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent has a religious meaning but for most of the Danes, it means there is only one month, or four sundays until Christmas eve. Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas season and the many parties and luncheons. Many families invite familie and friends to eat Christmas Dougnuts and drink Gløgg, mulled hot wine, on the first sunday Others will invite family over for a Christmas lunch and afterwards eat Christmas doughnuts an drink gløgg.. Most will lite a candle that marks each day until Christmas and others will have a Christmas decoration with four candles. 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.
Here are some recipes to get the season started.
Christmas Doughnuts 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
Mix 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.Place a little piece of apple in the center of the doughnut. Turn quickly with a knitting needle or fork when half done, 1-2 minutes. Let them cook 1-2 minutes on the other side. Serve 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
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 mixtue to the boiling point and remove from the heat. Add the port wine and serve immediately in a cup or glass with spoon. This way the raisins and almonds can be eaten.