MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018
#87TH BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST
“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”goes a famous saying. Why am I talking about breakfast? The reason is that the Blogging Marathon group participates in the Mega Blogging Marathon twice a year. I participated in my first one last September where we made 26 protein rich dishes. For the #87th the theme is Explore the Flavors where one has the option of participating in the breakfast, street food, Indian sweets, lunch box dishes for elders, kids lunchbox, no refined sugar or refined flour, no onion no garlic and wholegrain. The participants can choose one theme and make 26 dishes using that one theme or have the option of choosing 4 themes, each theme you post recipes for a week.
I decided to choose International Breakfast dishes which I’ll do for the whole month. The rule is that we’re not allowed to repeat the country. Now that has been a little tough as I can’t include meat or fish. However, challenges which are a little tough become that more fun to do. Including getting bitten mosquitoes! I wasn’t getting good internet connection in the room where were spending Easter break so was in the lobby at midnight typing and getting bitten by those tiny blood sucking insects! That’s not the fun bit but the challenging bit! I will be posting my breakfast dishes starting from A and ending with Z.
Why is breakfast considered the most important meal of the day? Here are some reasons:
- Breakfast provides the body and the brain the fuel that is required after an overnight fast. That’s where the name originates breaking the fast. Running without breakfast is like running a car without petrol.
- When you have a good hearty breakfast. you’re less likely to reach out for high sugar or high fatty snacks during the mid morning.
- Breakfast restores the much required glucose for the brain to function resulting in improved memory and concentration levels. This benefit becomes essential that children have a good healthy breakfast for better cognitive function.
- A good balanced breakfast provides the energy required to perform daily activities. It kick starts your metabolism.
- Eating a well balanced breakfast reduces obesity, high blood pressure, heart diseases and controls diabetes.
- Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to consume more vitamins, minerals and fiber throughout the day.
- Breakfast helps to improve your mood.
My first one is aebleskiver What is aebleskiver? Also known as appleskives they are spherical pancake balls. This breakfast dish originates from DENMARK. The name literally means apple slices. Nowadays they are made either plain or with other fruits. Aebleskivers are a little crusty on the outside but soft in the inside. Drizzled with some honey or chocolate sauce its the most delicious breakfast ever. These are made in an aebleskiver pan which looks like our Indian appe or paniyaram pan. I find the the cavities of the appe pan are smaller, but I may be wrong.
APPLE AEBLESKIVER/ PANCAKE PUFFS
1¼ cup plain flour/all purpose flour
1 cup cold milk
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp melted butter
For the apple filling:
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tbsp butter
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
extra butter for cooking
some honey or maple syrup
Preparation of the apple filling:
- Prepare the apple filling first. Heat butter in a pan over low heat.
- When the butter melts add the chopped apple.
- Cook the apple till its soft and done. Add cinnamon powder and mix well.
- Let it cool down a bit.
- Add vinegar into the cold milk. Mix and leave it for 15-20 minutes. This will become into buttermilk.
- Sieve the flour with salt, cinnamon and baking powder into a bowl.
- In another big bowl add buttermilk, melted butter, sugar and egg.
- Whisk the mixture till it becomes frothy.
- Add flour and whisk the mixture till the flour is incorporated into the liquid.
- Add the cooked apple and mix into the batter gently.
- Heat an abelskiver pan or appe pan over medium to low heat.
- Brush the cavities with some butter.
- Add some batter into each cavity till the top.
- Let the abelskiver cooker a minute.
- Using a skewer, turn it at 90° to allow the wet batter to pour into the cavity.
- Turn it over completely.
- Cook till abelskiver or pancake ball is done. Both sides should be light golden brown.
- Serve the abelskiver with honey, maple syrup,chocolate sauce or any fruit sauce.
- Remember to brush the cavities with butter or oil if you prefer.
- Add fruits of your choice or make them plain.
- You can add spices of your choice like nutmeg, cardamom.
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