The Danish Aebleskiver
Today we woke up to a cold and snowy day which put me in the mood to make something warm and delicious for breakfast, hence the Danish Aebleskiver.
Do you remember this post about visiting the Christkindlmarkt and tasting the poffertjes there?
This winter day brought memories of those hot & tasty treats back to my mind, but having a hungry, growling tummy and not wanting to wait 45 minutes for the batter to rise (here is a recipe I love for poffertjes by thedutchtable.com) I decided to make the traditional Danish version of a similar treat called an Aebleskiver.
Aebleskiver? Yes. Aebleskiver, pronounced A as in hay, blah- like the vowel in hot, ski- like the sport of skiing, wah- like the vowel in hot. “A.blah.ski.wah”
Who would have thought it pronounced that way? Um nope. Me neither.
What is an aebleskiver you ask? An aebleskiver (I just love saying it now) is a Danish dessert eaten mainly during the month of December leading up to Christmas. Directly translated, aebleskiver means “apple slices” although the Danish no longer use pieces of apples in them as in olden days.
An aebleskiver is like a spherical pancake cooked in a traditional cast iron aebleskiver pan. This is the pan I use and you can find one here.
Served hot with a side of raspberry, strawberry or blackberry jam (or any flavor really) and topped with powdered sugar gives these mini pancakes a sweetness that can’t be resisted.
Aebleskivers are usually made with the traditional recipe, unfilled, but you can fill them with different types of fillings such as jam, chocolate chips, Nutella or cookie butter (my favorite), diced fruit, applesauce or whatever you think tastes good. When filling them you will add the filling during the frying process.
These little treats are a fun change to our American pancake and your little ones will fall in love with them!
I hope you get a chance to try some soon.
Until next time……Travel On!
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons butter + additional for cooking
- powdered sugar for topping
- jam for topping
- *Optional fillings; chocolate chips, diced fruit, applesauce, Nutella, or cookie butter.
- In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then add the milk and melted butter.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Whisk the yolk mixture into the flour mixture until the batter is well combined.
- In a third bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment whisk the egg whites on high speed until stiff, but not dry peaks form, 2-3 minutes.
- Using a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the batter ⅓ at a time.
- Heat your aebleskiver pan on medium heat.
- Add a small amount of melted butter into each well of your preheated aebleskiver pan and gently coat the wells with the butter.
- Add a generous spoonful of batter filling the wells ½ full. When the edges get firm and you can turn them over without cracking, turn them 90 degrees (using a wooden stick or similar tool) and let the batter flow into the pan. At this point there is a hole in the side of the aebleskiver. You can either pour a little extra batter into the hole or add your filling and turn the aebleskiver another 90 degrees so that the hole gets filled.