Troll Dolls and Aebleskiver

photo 1The unsent postcard.

How many of us have these little beauties at the end of a trip?

I found this one inside a pocket of my purse that I never use, except to lose things like this postcard from Solvang, which my daughter and I visited last month. What might I have told someone about the kitschy Danish transplant if I had mailed the card?

photo 2That every other shop is a bakery or chocolate seller or restaurant that includes aebleskiver on the menu.

A traditional Danish treat, aebleskiver are round, cake-like pancake balls served with raspberry syrup and powdered sugar. Eat them for breakfast, eat them for dessert, eat them from a cardboard box as a midday snack.

photo 3Or should I mention the zillions of souvenir shops that cover the spectrum of Scandinavian knick-knacks, from blue and white china figurines to clogs to troll dolls. Remember those?

I am definitely dating myself, but I played house with my troll doll as a child. I could make her new clothes by cutting arm holes in a square of felt and built multi-roomed homes with picture books.

So I guess writing “Having a great time in Solvang, eating aebleskiver and shopping for a new troll doll” should do the trick!


4 thoughts on “Troll Dolls and Aebleskiver

  1. Jeanne Lambson says:

    I would have to pass on the aebleskiver unless there was a gluten-free version. BUT, I would have loved the troll dolls. I had four at one time and I made felt clothes for them, too!

  2. Terry Lim Diefenbach says:

    I love aebleskiver, though haven’t had the Danish version. The Dutch version is “poffertjes” and (I’m assuming) just as delicious – at least they look the same and are served with the same “sides” (jams) and sprinkled with powdered sugar. When I was young it used to be a favorite market snack for which you would stand in line to interrupt other errands.

    • Susan Lendroth says:

      Sounds like I will have to buy me some poffertjes if I ever return to the Netherlands.

  3. Angela says:

    I used to go to a restaurant called the Court of 4 Flags, which was actually an inside courtyard, and you had to enter one of 4 shops for entry. It had the most delish meatloaf sandwiches — which I didn’t usually eat at the time, but couldn’t help myself!

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