My grandmother, or MorMor as we call her, was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. She came to the United States to marry my grandfather and start her little family. She is an amazing woman! I am so grateful to be her granddaughter and for all the ways, big and small, that she has influenced my life. She brought many traditions from Denmark with her and we still follow them today. One of my favorite traditions is Danish Christmas Eve. We gather as a family and share the traditional Christmas Eve dinner – pork roast, candied potatoes, red cabbage, and rice pudding for dessert.
The rice pudding will have one whole almond hidden in it and whoever gets the almond in their dish of pudding wins a prize. We always have all the small children in the family get an almond in their pudding so they win a little prize of some sort – this year it’s warm and fuzzy socks! The adults have real competition – there is only one almond between them all. It’s fun to see everyone choose their dish, looking for any sign of the almond. Once we start eating everyone tries to trick each other into thinking they have the almond. Everyone is guessing left and right as to who they think has the almond. It’s not until the last bite of pudding is eaten that the true winner will come forward. There is always lots of laughter! The adults will usually win a prize of chocolate and marzipan and sometimes if we can find one, a marzipan pig! I always thought that was so funny! A pig made of marzipan!
This recipe is really quite easy to make, however I will tell you that when I first tired making it my first two batches were flops! I tend to worry about things and I was worried about ruining the recipe and that’s what I did, ruined it! My MorMor passed away several years ago, so she was not here to ask advice. Thanks to my cousin who has made this a hundred times I didn’t give up – she encouraged me to keep going and it did work out! It tasted just like MorMor’s! I did start out making half batches because like I said I was worried about messing it up and didn’t want to waste ingredients. I’m so glad I kept going because it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment to have successfully made something that connects me to my dear little MorMor. This is flavored with almond extract and chopped almonds so it has a nice nutty flavor. One thing I like to do is add just a little less than half the amount of sugar and then taste. If I want it a little sweeter I’ll add just a little more until I have the amount of sweetness that I like. I rarely use the full amount of sugar as it is just a little too sweet for my taste.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much was I do! Merry Christmas!
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