Vintage Kitchen Gadgets and Great-Grandma's Krumkake Iron
After weeks of talking about it, it was finally time! Grandma and I were looking through all of her kitchen gadgets a little while back. She has at least one of everything! Need an electric crepe maker? She's got it! Want a vintage toaster (like really vintage with cages for the toast that you have to flip to toast both sides)? She's got one. Want an ebelskiver pan? She has two. Vintage bean pots? Yep, three! And that is just the start.
As we were looking for something else, she came across her mom's krumkake pan. The funny part is, I had no idea what that was. Grandma said we needed to make krumkakes next time Aunt Donna is in town. Of course, I had no idea what krumkakes were so I assumed we were making crumb cakes. I couldn't quite figure out why we needed a special pan for that, but I was all in anyway!
Quality Time Making Treat with Grandma and Donna
Grandma and Donna came over during Jax's nap time and we went to work. I quickly learned that we were making krumkakes and not crumb cakes and was really excited to see the vintage iron. Grandma couldn't find the form to roll the cookies around, so we searched the kitchen for something the right size. The handles of one of my cast iron pans seemed to be about perfect.
The batter came together really quickly and we started making the cookies. We read the helpful tips in a vintage cookbook and got going. A little bit of batter, a little squeeze of the handles, a quick flip, count to thirty, check for golden brown, flip again and remove. We left some of the krumkakes flat, but rolled most of them. They were delicious sprinkled with powdered sugar, but we felt like a rolled cookie should also be filled. So, I quickly went to work to make a batch of whipped cream cheese frosting. A quick squeeze of frosting in each cookie elevated them to the next level.
While grandma finished the krumkakes, Donna made a batch of pizzelle batter. She has a pizzelle maker that is much like a waffle iron. Other than a little baking soda in the pizzelle batter, the recipes and techniques were very similar. Donna made the pizzelles with a mix of lemon and vanilla. They were delicious as well! We had a good time making treats and catching up.
Before they left, Jax impressed the ladies with his own culinary skills. He made himself some avocado egg salad. That kid loves his avocados! Of course there was more than enough to share, so they each got to try the fruits of his labor. They were quite impressed with how much he was able to do on his own and even more impressed with the results!
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
- Beat together eggs and sugar until light.
- Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Preheat krumkake iron over low heat.
- Pour a Tablespoon of batter on the hot iron. Close iron and flip. Cook for about 30 seconds or until golden. Flip back over and remove cookie from iron.
- Either cool flat over wire rack or roll over cylinder form (we couldn't find the form, so we used the round handle of a pan).