the baker upstairs: aebleskivers (pancake balls)

10.04.2013

aebleskivers (pancake balls)

Yum

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!

Aebleskivers
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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6 comments :

  1. I have never heard of these before, but they sounds so amazing!! Any new twist on a pancake is a winner in my book ;)

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  2. I'd heard of aebleskivers before but never knew what they were! Know that I know, I can't wait to try them!

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  3. I love learning about international foods! These look like a fun breakfast but I don't have room for another specialty pan. I think I may play a bit and try your aebleskivers recipe in a cake pop pan in the oven!

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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWxISl1dpyI This is the correct way to cook them :]

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  5. And here is a recipe from a Danish cook :} Danish æbleskiver
    240 g flour
    2 tsp grated lemon zest
    2/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 cups buttermilk
    3 eggs
    50g melted butter
    Pour liquid and remaining ingredients together in a jar, except the egg whites.
    Total blend for 2 minutes. Whipping or all of the ingredients to a thick thickener.
    Let dough rest for ½ hour. Whip the whites until very stiff. Friend them in the batter. Pour batter into a jug.
    Melt the butter for baking.
    Warm apple slice pan up. Pour 1 tsp. melted fat in each hole. Filling the holes 1/4 of dough.
    Behind the apple slices over a moderate heat. Turn them with a fork as soon as they have formed the crust is light brown. There should be as much
    batter that apple slices to form loop on the other side. Turn constantly apple slices so they are evenly baked.

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  6. If you want to honour his Danish heritage even more, you should call them 'aebleskiver', because that is the plural form of them :) They are a very traditional Christmas food, and are almost exclusively eaten then and most of the time, only with jam and/or powdered sugar. Thank you for the recipe and I hope you enjoy them!

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