Sunday, June 19, 2011

Women who've made a difference in my life: Mom

I've decided that I'm going to do a mini-series on women who've inspired me or changed my life in some way and the foods they're famous for. Of course, I must start with my wonderful Mom.
What can you say about the woman who raised you except SHE'S AWESOME!! Sure, we butted heads a lot when I was younger, what mother and daughter don't? She taught me just about everything I know about housekeeping, cleaning, cooking, and raising kids. (ok, so I'm not to that point yet, but she's a very good example of what you do to have well-mannered children!) Mom's heritage is like most Americans: mixed. Great Grandpa Heller was Dutch, Great Grandma Heller was Norwegian, and Grandma Heller comes from English and Irish ancestry. However, when I think of Mom, the dish I associate most with her is something she learned from Great Grandma Heller: Swedish Hotcakes. Which come from Norway. Everyone I've ever cooked these for have raved about them. Here's the recipe

Swedish Hotcakes (NOT pancakes!!)
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
dash of salt
3/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 flour

Beat eggs with a wire whip until frothy. Add milk, salt and sugar. Beat. SLowly add flour while whipping. Beat until smooth (so you don't have big flour clumps like I did in these pictures). Cook on a medium hot grill.

The batter should look like this, with lots of bubbles and no flour clumps.

Spray the pan with Pam every time or the hotcake won't come off the pan.

Put a ladle-full of batter into a skillet...

and swirl it around a bit.

wait until the hotcake is almost cooked through before flipping it.

should look like this
These are similar to crepes, so you put sweet things in them. The best things to put in them is pie filling and whipped cream. When you don't have those, spread them with peanut butter or jam, roll them up and drizzle syrup and powdered sugar. I prefer strawberry jam and that's what's inside mine here in this picture.

I would say "Bon Appetit," but these aren't crepes. Too bad I don't know how to say it in Norwegian!

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