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Lassen’s 42nd Anniversary!

Let’s Celebrate with a Recipe Straight from Oda and Hilmar!

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These are no ordinary pancakes–they are Danish Pancakes from the recipe file of Oda and Hilmar Lassen!  They look like crepes, but since they came from Denmark, they have their own Danish, Natural Food twist!

 

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Like most pancakes, the ingredient list is pretty simple.  And like most of their recipes, you’ll need to go by the feel of things as much as by amounts!  I’ll give amounts here, but pay attention to the descriptions of what the batter should feel like.  This recipe is for 2-3 people.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 organic, free-range eggs.  Hilmar taught me to do one egg per person, plus one more egg.  I found that when I had a bunch of teenaged boys to feed, I needed much more than that–2 eggs per person!
  • 1 TBSP organic honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2/3 cup organic milk (I used 2%)
  • 2/3 cup water

Eggs, Honey, Salt

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Beat the eggs and then add the honey and salt and mix.
 
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Don’t be too concerned if the honey doesn’t blend into the eggs much.  When you add the rest of the ingredients it will get blended in just fine.

Flours

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Add the flour a spoonful at a time until the dough is very thick and you think you can’t blend any more flour in.  Depending on how big your eggs are, you many have to add a little more or a bit less flour than what is stated on the ingredient list.

Milk and Water

Add about 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk and water until you have a very thin batter.  

Prepare the Pan

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The Danish way is lots of butter, but you can spray the pan with non-stick spray, if you’d like.  Heat the pan until quite hot.  The butter should brown.

Start to cook!

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Pour the batter in a thin stream onto the hot pan.  Tilt the pan at the same time to keep the batter thin on the pan.

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Gently swirl the pan around to coat the pan with a thin sheet of batter.  Let the pancake cook until the batter is dry-looking and the edges are lightly browned.

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Flip the pancake over and cook on the other side until slightly browned.  Place on a warm plate and cover with a lid while you make the rest of the pancakes.

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Top with jam–I chose strawberry here–and whipped cream, if desired!  Roll the pancakes  and then enjoy!

 

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Some in the family have Americanized these pancakes and eat them with maple syrup, but the true Danish way is with jam.

Open Wide!

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Yum!  These amounts made 8 large pancakes.

Bonus Recipe!

I found this idea for strawberry jam on Pinterest and decided to give it a try, since I’d like to reduce the amount of sugar I eat!

 

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Put 2 cups of organic strawberries in a blender.

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Add 2 TBSP organic chia seeds and 2 TBSP organic honey (to taste).

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Blend!  If you’d like some chunks of strawberries, add them after blending.

 

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Pour into clean containers, cover, and refrigerate overnight.  The chia seeds will thicken the berries and there is no need for pectin or lots of sugar.  This jam was delicious on the Danish Pancakes!  I had them for breakfast this morning!
 
Enjoy these easy but elegant pancakes for breakfast, a brunch, or even as a dessert!
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
 
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Joy’s Chia Smoothie

Ah… Here it is! What a good lookin’ smoothie!

Before we get too deep into berries and chia seeds, let’s meet the lovely creator of this healthy drink!
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This is Joy!

 
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Joy is Lassen’s Regional Marketing Director. She’s the sweet face behind all our interesting Facebook and Twitter posts. As a former Pilates instructor, Joy lives a very healthy lifestyle that she shares with her husband and two adorable Great Danes, Scout and Hunter (who just became a Certified Therapy Dog! Congrats Hunter!)

 
 

Once upon a few days ago, Joy and I found ourselves talking about our favorite super-foods when Chia Seeds came up.

Why do we like Chia Seeds?

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Well aside from the fact that when they are left to soak in a liquid for a small amount of time, they take on an amazing gooey consistency (reminiscent of Boba or tapioca pearls found in certain Taiwanese tea-based drinks), but they also contain a handful of wonderful health benefits including Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals and fiber! They have also been known to aid in weight loss due to their ability to satiate hunger cravings in between meals!

“I have a really good chia smoothie that I make in the mornings!” said Joy with a smile.
“Care to share?”

And share she did!
Now from Joy’s kitchen, Lassens is proud to present…

Joy’s Chia, Berry & Spinach Smoothie

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 You’ll Need:
  • Handful of organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of organic frozen blackberries (could use raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Approximately 2 1/2 cups of almond milk (or soy milk)

Instructions:

Place spinach in first, then chia seeds, then all other ingredients.
Pulse to desired thickness. For a thicker smoothie, use less almond milk. For a thinner consistency, use more almond milk.
Makes 2/3 servings

 

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This smoothie packs a health-lovin’ punch! It acts as a great breakfast or a wonderful snack or meal replacement any time of day!
We hope you try it and love it as much as Joy does! Cheers!

Love,

Lassen’s