Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aebleskiver-Traditional Danish Recipe

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My family is huge on traditions!  One thing that we love to celebrate, especially at the holidays, are traditions from Scandinavia because we have family that came from Denmark.  Making Aebleskiver is one of my favorite traditions from Scandinavia.  Aebleskiver is basically a pancake ball, only much yummier!  aebleskiver scandinavian recipe a

This is the recipe that our whole family uses.  I love having recipe cards or books that have writing in them and you can see that they are well worn by the stains from foods as your loved ones have made the recipe using it!  This one is fantastic because you can see my Dad’s conversions to double and quadruple the recipe. Aebleskiver goes fast when we make it because we all love it, and there are a lot of us.  So we always quadruple it!!


You will need an aebleskiver pan to make this.  My parents were nice enough to gift each of their children with one of these pans as we moved out on our own!


Here is how I make Aebleskiver:


1/2 C butter, melted       2tsp Baking Powder

3 eggs, separated              1/2 tsp Salt

1 C Milk                                   1/2 tsp Cardamom

2 TBL Sugar                         Powdered Sugar

1 1/2 C Flour                        Butter for Pan

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1.  In a large bowl, blend 1/2 cup melted butter, egg yolks, milk and sugar.  (blue bowl)

2.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom, if desired.  (green bowl)

3.  Stir into egg-yolk mixture.

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4.  In a clean medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.

5.  Fold into flour mixture.

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6.  Heat aebleskiver pan over medium-low heat until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into pan.

7.  Spoon 1/2 tsp butter into each cup; let melt.

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8.  Spoon 1 rounded TBL batter into each cup. Cook about 1 minute on each side, using a knitting needle or long wooden skewer to turn balls.  (This is where I use a fork, as above!)aebleskiver scandinavian recipe h

If heat is too high, centers will be doughy.   This picture shows 4 aebleskiver that have been turned and three that have not yet.  I filled these ones a little full it looks like! Winking smile

8.  Dust each with powdered sugar. Serve hot. Makes 20 pancake balls.

FYI we don't use a knitting needle or skewer. We use two forks to turn the aebleskiver over. Also I never have cardamom on hand so I never add it.

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Here is my Dad filling up some aebleskiver with jelly!  My Dad is usually the one to make aebleskiver.  He is also the one we gather around to hear wonderful stories about Denmark!

I have some aebleskiver on hand right now and now have a serious craving to go and finish them off! Winking smile


I’d love to hear what fun traditions everyone else celebrates from other countries!


Rebecca…nom nom nom…


LollyChops said...

I have been eyeballing the aebleskiver pans at Williams Sonoma for years now! Oh how I would love to taste one of these! They look delish!

Holiday HUGS girls and thanks for sharing your traditions with us! Our family always makes cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.

Angie said...

I've always know I have Danish ancestry, but was only introduced to aelbeskiver this summer just before my grandma passed away. What a treat to find a recipe on your blog!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Angie, I just love things that are passed on from family members! In fact right now I have a Sister In Law who is from the Philipines and she makes amazing recipes that I want to learn how to make!

I hope you do try the aebleskiver!

Sab said...

Funny, we have similar pan in Kerala (in south India) for making "unniappam" (small rice cakes). Made with rice flour, banana, coconut, jaggery & clarified butter.

Now got to try Aebleskiver.
Thanks for the recipe.

Angela said...

I am half Danish and these little treats are a must! Thanks for the recipe! I have a similar one, but will give yours a try too! Looks like you guys have alot of great times together!

Nance said...

This post is almost like I wrote it myself. We make aebleskivers as a family tradition as well. And my dad is the one who makes them. I think I'm the only kid who has learned how (even though we all received our own pans for Christmas one year) since I'm the only one who has moved far enough from home to not come back for Christmas morning breakfasts. My dad uses a skewer. I use a cake tester. I noticed Williams Sonoma has some sort of flipping tongs... I'm wondering if that's how you work your forks?

pam said...

Hi Rebecca! I have returned!

Aebelskivers are one of our favorite things to eat at the holiday - in fact all year long! They were one of the very first things i posted about during my first holiday season in the blogiverse!

Left you a little comment on Pickled herring too!

Maybe one day we will have some together!

Tami said...

I love making these, and the FAM thinks they're Fab! However, I fill them while they're in the pan. I pur the batter in halfway, and after they "set" a little bit, I put some jam or chocolate chips or whatever in the center, taking care to make sure the filling doesn't spread out to the edge and is surrounded by the dough batter, then I pour the other half in, let it cook, then turn with a skewer. It works like a charm. Try it!
Fondly, Tami

37karma said...

I found a an aebleskiver Pan at a yard sale until now i didn't know what is was for , yehhh I am excited to try this recipe now..