A Scandinavian Christmas Breakfast

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Each winter, we draw holiday inspiration from the simple beauty of Scandinavian and Nordic design, embodied by cozy gatherings and clean, idyllic winter beauty. In many Scandinavian countries, hygge—a concept that encompasses togetherness, warmth, and conviviality—is central to winter and the holidays. In this spirit, Garden Café Executive Chef Jared Frazer created this simple and welcoming breakfast dish, perfect for serving up on Christmas morning. Read on for the recipe! 

Cornmeal Drop Pancakes with Lingonberries & Warm Spice Crème
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat a cast iron skillet on a medium heat setting on a range burner. At the same time, preheat your oven to 350°F.  Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl, then add in the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Add one tablespoon of butter to the skillet and fill it about halfway with batter. Place the skillet in the oven until the batter is cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish with your favorite toppings – Jared used lingonberries and a warm spiced crème fraiche. “Warm spice is another name for spices you use during the winter months,” says Jared. “Think warm apple cider or pumpkin pie. To create the topping, simply blend clove, cinnamon, allspice, and anise into your crème to taste.”

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