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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

Easy Pretzel Hot Dog Recipe

Whenever I serve hot dogs at a party I always run out of hot dog buns. Why is the hot dog to bun package ratio never the same?

Last weekend I headed off a potential hot dog bun shortage by making soft pretzel dogs. No buns required.

I normally don’t go for meals in a box but in this case it’s my party and I don’t want to spend all if it in the kitchen if I have to. I skipped making bread maker soft pretzel dough and used an Auntie Anne's At Home Baking Kit (affiliate link) The Balancing Act asked me to try out as a member of The Balancing Act Blogger Community.

Since I've already made regular soft pretzels, I decided to make something slightly different with the pretzel kit. I used it to make the dough for the soft pretzel dogs instead.

  • To keep the hot dogs from drying out during baking I slipped them into hot tap water while I rolled and cut the dough into one inch strips.


  • I wrapped the dough strips around the hot dogs.

Husband insisted we wrap some cheese filled smoke sausage with pretzel dough 
in addition to the nitrate free hot dogs and veggies dogs we served.

  • I did a quick dip pf the wrapped dogs into a bowl of baking soda dissolved in hot water instead of the traditional dunk in boiling baking soda and water my bread maker recipe requires With the Auntie Annes Baking Kit, the nieces and nephews can help me in the kitchen. And they did. It's one of my super sneaky ways to get the picky eater nephews to eat my meals. They are more likely to try what they help cook. *evil mad scientist laugh*
  • Then I baked the pretzel dogs for five minutes. I pulled them out of the oven, gave the baking sheet a turn and baked them for another five minutes. The shorter than the twenty-five minute bread maker pretzel baking time makes the Auntie Annes Baking Kit my new BFF.

The light fluffy pretzel hot dogs won raves from the vegetarian kid (I made veggie dogs for her), the picky eater kids, the not so picky eater kids, and the biggest kid of all, my husband.
I get to keep my title of World’s Most Fabulous Aunt for one more summer.


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Mike Golch said…
That sounds good to me!
We will have to do this! The kiddos will love it!

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Lisa said…
Love this idea! I also love those pretzel kits. I bought them a few times and they're so good. I wish I knew they're secret ingredients!
Mandy Beyeler said…
Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
--Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com
Unknown said…
These look like a great kid-friendly and party-friendly food! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck!
I cannot walk past an auntie anne's without purchasing a pretzel dog, but now I can make my own! Yum! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will party again tomorrow!
Adrianne Surian said…
I love pretzels dogs! I think these would make an excellent game snack. :) I would love it if you would share this post at Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects.

Hope to see you there ~ Adrianne
Spike said…
I am follower nr 300 :-)

Pretzel dogs? I'm in. Perfect for any ocasion. Thanks for sharing. Great blog.