Ebelskiver are delicious treats that can be enjoyed for breakfast lunch and dinner. They are subtle in sweetness, but can be packed with flavor, literally. You can filled them with various fruits, jams, jellies, cheese, meats (pre-cooked of course…sausage, ham, etc.), chocolate, creams, etc.
The choice of filling or lack thereof is completely up to you. But there is an endless array of options when it comes to fillings and that’s what makes Ebelskiver really fun and worthwhile.
An added bonus of making Ebelskiver is the availability of cast iron Ebelskive pans. And you can use them to make another delicious food, like Takoyaki.
A Quick History on Æbleskiver
In case you are unfamiliar with Ebelskiver or Æbleskiver you can thank the Danish for this delicious treat.
The term Æbleskive is used if referring to just one of these wonderful treats. But if referring to more than one, i.e. its plural form, it is Æbleskiver.
This is a pancake like snack or treat that originated in Denmark. It is typically eaten as a snack, but can be a yummy treat for breakfast or serve as a lovely dessert after dinner.
Cast iron Æbleskiver pans make it that much easier to get the perfect Ebelskive and with added health benefits (trace amounts of iron which is helpful especially for those who struggle with anemia).
A Treat for Every Occasion
1 3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
A pinch or 2 of ground cinnamon (optional)
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp Cream (optional)
4Tbsps butter (melted)
3 Tbsps butter (melted in wells for cooking Æbleskiver).
I like adding a little cream every now and then especially if I would like a more milky taste, but omit it if you like.
Mix your dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, whip your egg whites into a soft peak.
In a different bowl, mix your buttermilk, milk, and cream (optional)
Mix the 2 egg yolks with the melted butter until well combined.
Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour in your yolk and butter mix and combined with your dry ingredients. Then fold in the whipped egg whites.
Pour melted butter in wells of preheated Æbleskiver pan and put scoops of batter into them. Make sure to rotate them top to bottom and left to right if you desire a round pancake. Otherwise, top to bottom would do just fine they will just look a little flatter.
Note: Use a wooden knitting needle or a wooden skewer to make rotating easier. But a fork can also work well. You can also, cut some of your favorite cheese and drop it in the center of the batter before completing the rotation. Pimento cheese is a great addition and so is mozzarella and or parmesan with a light sprinkle of herbs.
Keep rotating them for 2- 3 minutes or until light to golden brown, then remove.
This pan is great for a change of pace when it comes to breakfast. Switch things up and make your morning breakfast pancakes into something more exciting and the topic of conversation at the breakfast table.
Lodge makes a fantastic aebleskiver pan that will help you make Danish pancake balls (aebleskiver) for your morning breakfast.
Get this pan well seasoned and you will find yourself reaching for it often when it comes to making aebleskiver and other snacks that require a round shape. Tip:To make this pan super easy to use, then putting plenty of butter or oil in the wells will also do the trick.
Enjoy. Be sure to share this recipe with others and let us know what you think if you do decide to give it a try.