Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aebleskiver


We live in the land of aebelskiver and yet, until a few weekends ago, I had never made them. My mother thought it was a travesty that Lucie and Ella both love aebelskiver but I didn't own a pan. So during a weekend visit Nanna bought me this simple small cast iron version at a local shop for around $13.


"What is an aebleskiver?!" you ask. Well, it's a Danish pancake that is in the shape of a ball. Around these parts, it is served topped with homemade raspberry jam and powdered sugar. It makes a tasty treat for breakfast. My girls LOVE them. Can you tell?


Ella really enjoyed helping me make the batter AND wear her new apron for the first time. Oh, and she enjoyed eating the aebleskiver...and boy did she eat a lot of them!

So, to make aebleskiver, you MUST have one of these pans. You can find them pretty easily on the internet -- of course, Amazon carries them. But, Aebleskiver.com is a good resource too -- you can buy pans, aebleskiver mix, raspberry jam AND even download a video on how to make them.

There are various recipes for aebleskiver out there -- click here for a few different ones. However, this is the one that I used and it was pretty good. Unfortunately, I didn't have buttermilk on hand so I had to improvise -- half plain yogurt and half milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Next time, I'd like to try it with the buttermilk though. I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com, but it's also listed as a Betty Crocker recipe on aebleskiver.com



Aebleskiver

2 eggs, separated
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups buttermilk

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they can hold a stiff peak. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add in the wet ingredients -- buttermilk, egg yolks and butter. Beat until smooth.
  4. Fold in the egg whites.
  5. In a seasoned and heated cast-iron aebleskiver pan, put a little butter into each cup until it is melted. Then, put about 2 Tablespoons of batter into each cup. As soon as they get bubbly around the edge, turn them quickly with a knitting needle, wooden skewer or fork.
  6. Continue cooking, turning the ball to keep it from burning. You shouldn't need to add more butter to the pan when you cook the next batch, but you can if the aebleskiver are sticking.
Serve aebleskiver with your choice of topping. Since it is essentially a round pancake, maple syrup will work. However, a dusting of powdered sugar and raspberry jam are traditional.

5 comments:

SnoWhite said...

what an unusual recipe! sounds great.

heartnsoulcooking said...

Sound GREAT!!! and DIFFERENT!!!
Gei

FishMama said...

Now you know what you can get me for Christmas. Hint, hint.

UnfinishedMom said...

These look delicious. I have just one question -- How do you pronounce that word?

Janel said...

UnfinishedMom - You pronounce it "able - skeeve-er". At least that's how I've heard it around these parts. I don't think that I've heard a real Danish person pronounce it so I'm not absolutely positive. They'd probably say it with a much cooler accent.

FishMama - I suppose that your Hobbits would like Aebleskiver. Cool, maybe I will get you one. But, I suppose that takes the surprise out of it. Maybe I'll wrap it in lots of boxes and paper with confetti between the layers like Aunt Cass. :)