Saturday, March 12, 2011


Are you tired of flat, two dimensional pancakes? Do you wish your pancakes had a fun surprise inside? Of course you do! Well, the answer to your pancake duldrums is finally here. 

Aebleskivers are cute little round pancakes, originally from Denmark, that you can fill with fruit, nutella, jam (whatever you can fit in there). 

Chuck's giant man hand
They're traditionally made with apples (in fact, aebleskivers means "apple slices" in Danish). But I made some with bananas too and for me there was no contest. They were just so creamy and scrumptious. So I'm going with banana-skivers from now on.

Okay, there is one down side. You need a special pan to make them. But once you open your very own aebleskiver stand, the profits will come rolling in and it will pay for itself in no time!

(Yield: 30)

2 eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups buttermilk
canola oil or melted butter for greasing pan

suggested fillings:
bananas, sliced
apples, peeled, sliced and cut into 1-inch chunks
fresh berries, cut if large
Nutella (about 1/2 teaspoon per aebleskiver)
nut butter (about 1/2 teaspoon per aebleskiver)
jam (about 1/2 teaspoon per aebleskiver)
cream cheese (about 1/2 teaspoon per aebleskiver)

for serving:
powdered sugar or maple syrup (optional)

1.      Beat the egg whites until they can hold a stiff peak. Set aside.
2.      Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg yolks, melted butter and buttermilk and beat until smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites.
3.      Brush aebleskiver cups with oil or butter and heat until hot.  Fill each cup about 1/3 full with batter. Place filling in the center of the batter, then top with more batter (so each cup is about 2/3 full).
4.      As soon as they get bubbly and golden brown around the edge (about 3-4 minutes), turn quickly with a skewer or fork (the uncooked batter on top will spill over into the cup and keep cooking). Continue cooking and turning the ball until the entire ball is golden brown.
5.      Serve topped with powdered sugar or with maple syrup.

submitted to by Lisa G.

aebleskiver pan
(come on, be the first one on your block).

I haven't tried making eggs in this pan,
but it is screaming out for that.
whipping egg whites
aebleskiver batter
I used a crispin apple (for some reason my husband
won't eat red apples, only green). I don't get it.
Especially since honeycrisp apples are hands down the best.
chopped apples
sliced bananas
pouring in the batter
topped with banana slices
topped with more batter the old days they used knitting needles
(I used a skewer)
flipped and ready
cross section of a banana-skiver

Aebleskiver is one of those words with an alternate spelling: ebelskiver. I've said it before, I hate that (just pick a spelling and go with it)!



deedy said...

Chuck gets his dislike of apples from his father! Literally, the apple does not fall far from the tree! hehehe

They look yummy....go ahead and ship some to us!

Andria Crowjoy said...

You make a good case for dual use of the ebelskiver pan, butttt yeah. Maybe if I happen upon one at a yard sale.

Randi said...

Does this mean it's Danish Week?

Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat) said...

Wow, these look awesome. And a quick check on amazon shows the pan can be purchased for as little as $12! The pan does look perfect for making a tight little round fried egg. Hmmm.... I might wind up having to get one of these... and then figure out where to store the pan!

Jennifer said...

I can't let my kids peer over my shoulder or they'll be demanding these adorable little things! But really, I could eat Nutella on a boot and it would be delicious. How about Nutella AND banana? Mmmmm...

Susan said...

Jennifer, I like the way you think.

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