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'Grandma A's' brings Danish treats to area festivals and events

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lisa Buchan makes aebleskiver at the Faith Lutheran pancake and sausage breakfast, an event the Buchans hope to make annual. The aebleskiver, a Danish pancake ball, comes from a recipe passed from Buchan's great-grandmother to her mother, and then from her mother to her. The Buchans named their business "Grandma A's Aebleskiver," in honor of the tradition.
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Some people see a hobby as a hike through the Black Hills or a flourishing garden in the backyard. Jeff and Lisa Buchan see a hobby as a weekend festival with "Grandma A's Aebleskiver," selling the small treats and bringing people closer to the Danish heritage.

"My wife's father is 100 percent Danish," Jeff Buchan said. "She grew up having aebleskiver at Christmas-time, and the recipe was passed from her great-grandmother to her mother, and from her mother to her."

As the years passed and the Buchan family enjoyed the small pancake balls over the holiday season, they started to brainstorm how their traditional sweet could work on a festival circuit.

"We found a commercial-sized pan online, from Slovang, Calif.," Buchan said. "The name came as a way to honor the heritage of Lisa's mother and great-grandmother."

They began the business earlier this year, and served aebleskiver during two weeks of Spencer Main Street Market this summer. On Dec. 15, they served breakfast at Faith Lutheran Church, an event they hope to make annual.

"Everyone involved thought it was a lot of fun," Buchan said.

In addition to events in Spencer, they served aebleskiver at the Scandinavian festival at the Ingham Okobji Lutheran Bible Camp. They hope in the next year to attend area county fairs and festivals.

"There are a lot of things around here in the summertime," he said.

Part of the attraction, Buchan said, is the process of making the aebleskiver.

"People find it interesting to see how they're made," he said. "It's the first thing that attracts them to come over."

An additional perk of "Grandma A's" is that the Buchans have been able to learn more about the Danish heritage as they travel. Tyler, Minn. has a small Danish community that they've visited about four times already.

"It's been very interesting as we've tried to develop this, learning more about the Danish heritage," Buchan said.

Since both Jeff and Lisa have full-time jobs, they hope to travel with "Grandma A's" on weekends and at night. In the coming year, they hope to develop business cards, a Facebook page and a website.

"It's something to do in our free time," Buchan said. "A fun and tasty hobby."

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Mmmmm! Yes, we need more of this before these wonderful cultures/traditions are lost! =)

-- Posted by Funkyjavagirl on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 10:59 AM

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