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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Krumkake - A Baking Day with Aunt Donna and Grandma

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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!  



Krumkake


Ingredients:

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour


  1. Beat together eggs and sugar until light.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Preheat krumkake iron over low heat. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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). 

27 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you girls had such a good time creating and learning new skills in your kitchen. There are so many things I would have loved to learn from my grandma.
    Jaxon spoiled grandma and Donna's dinner too. They were pretty full and quite impressed with his skills in the kitchen.
    What a fun afternoon!

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    1. It was fun! I do think they were a little impressed with the little guy's cooking skills!

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  2. These look like such a tasty treat!! I'm so glad you had so much fun making them. Always best to learn from Grandma!! Thanks

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    1. It is fun to get the tips and tricks from her... and even more fun to hear the stories about where things came from and who she learned them from!

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  3. These look so tasty! And, nothing better than spending time with family.

    Lisa
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    1. Thank you! I had a blast talking with them and cooking up a storm!

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  4. These looks yummy.Thanks for sharing.Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. This has to be my fave post this week because I loved hearing about your adventures with your Grandma and Auntie! And now you have a treasure in this blog post and the handed down recipe!

    Mollie

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    1. Thanks, Mollie! We had a lot of fun cooking together and it was fun to use my grandma's mom's cookie iron with grandma. My favorite part was probably watching them be amazed by Jax making his own dinner though!

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  6. Carlee, that sounds like such a great day with your grandma and aunt. I've always wanted to learn to make Krumkake. I didn't know it had a special pan. Genius idea to put whipped cream cheese frosting inside. My fave!!

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    1. It was so much fun and I love that we were using my great-grandma's pan! My aunt had an electric pizelle maker that did basically the same job, but was more like a waffle iron. Either way works, but the pan was more fun!

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  7. Yummy! so simple and tasty! Thank you!

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  8. How sweet! Grandma's are so special! I hope my grandchildren are always making memories with me. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.

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  9. They look delicious, and I love the sound of your whipped cream cheese frosting! Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair.

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    1. Thank you! The whipped cream cheese really did take them to the next level!

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  10. They look so light and delicate and delicious! I want one of those pans!!! And the cream cheese frosting puts it right over the top. Love pizzelles too. And I made ebelskivers for the first time recently. So fun! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

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    1. Isn't that pan cool? I can't wait to do the ebelskivers. Next time my aunt comes to visit they are first in line! Thank you!

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  11. WOW! I'll take 20 of them! YUMMY!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. I'll have to share this one for sure, thanks for inviting me!

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  12. I'm not familiar with krumkake, they certainly sound wonderful and fun to make too! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. I wasn't either, but they are delicious cookies that seem to be the Norwegian version of a pizelle.

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  13. What a special time baking! No doubt, a day you will always remember :)
    The krumkake look delicious.

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    1. We did have a great time together, thank you!

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  14. I love that you are getting to learn some recipes from your grandma. I love the recipes that have been passed down through the years! Thanks for sharing on the Country Fair Blog Party this month. No, I'm going to look for old cooking utensils! :)

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    1. It was a lot of fun to make them with her. We need to work our way through her collection!

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