Ah, aebleskivers. Also known as one of the best breakfasts I've ever made! Aebleskivers are a traditional Danish pancake, made in a specially shaped pan. I had never heard of them until about a year ago, when they started popping up on some of my favorite blogs. Geoff's family is Danish (and proud of it!) so when my mom gave me an aebleskiver pan for Christmas (after a few not-so-subtle hints from me...) I was excited to help him celebrate his Danish heritage. If you don't have your own aebleskiver pan, you can buy one similar to mine here on Amazon. I searched for a long time for a good recipe that wouldn't be too difficult, and finally found one from my awesome friend (and super great recipe source), Emma.
The batter is really straightforward to mix together, but I'll confess that cooking them made me want to tear my hair out at first. I had a really hard time figuring out how much oil to add to each well of the pan, as well as how much pancake batter for each well. Not to mention that they're a little tricky to turn, and I was pretty convinced that they were all going to fail. (I may at one point have thrown some kitchen utensils across the kitchen in frustration...)
Surprisingly, though, as tricky as they seem, they're actually pretty foolproof! I found it easiest to turn them with a fork, and once I got into the groove of rotating them in the pan, I started getting excited about my beautiful golden pancake balls. Yum!
As much as I feared that I had ruined them, each batch of aebleskivers came out perfectly! We ate them hot with some homemade buttermilk syrup and it was an amazingly delicious breakfast. They're a little too much work to have very often, but I think they'll make the perfect breakfast for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions!
adapted from Emma the Joy
2 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
Heat the aebleskiver pan on the stove top over medium heat. Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside. Whisk together remaining ingredients, then gently fold in egg whites. Add a small amount of oil to the bottom of each well of the pan (enough to make a spot of oil about the size of a penny in the bottom) then add 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter to each well. When they start to get bubbly around the edges, use a fork or a knitting needle to rotate them in the pan. This part can be tricky and a little frustrating, but keep at it. Continue to rotate the aebleskivers until they are cooked all the way around and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the pan and serve hot. These are also fun to stuff with strawberries, whipped cream, Nutella... anything that sounds good!
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