Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Aebleskiver AKA Danish pancake AKA Pancake puff

Your word is Aebleskiver. 
Can I get the definition please?
An Aebleskiver is a traditional Danish pancake in a distinctive shape of a sphere.
Can you use it in a sentence please?  
An Aebleskiver is a pancake puff that filled with jams and jellies.
The country of origin?
A-bel-ski-ver. Did I pronounce it correctly?
No. The correct pronunciation is A-blah-ski-wah.
A-blah-ski-wah. Are there any alternate pronunciations?
A-blah-ski-wah. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

R-E-A-D-Y? ( You will need an aebleskiver pan and can purchase one here).

What you need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • Jam or Jelly for filling


Sift the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. 


Add the buttermilk and egg yolks; 

stir until you have a batter. 


In a separate large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form soft mounds rather than a sharp peak. Fold the egg whites into the prepared batter. 


Place an aebleskiver pan over medium heat; prepare each cup with cooking spray. Pour the batter into each cup to about 2/3 full. 


Fill with jam or jelly. 


Top with a little more batter.


Cook until golden brown on each side, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Use a toothpick to flip them.


Serve with a heavy dusting of powdered sugar.


  1. What happens if you bake these like cupcakes?

  2. Good worth finding out :)

  3. I've never heard of baking them like cupcakes, but it might work. Though, part of the Danish tradition with æbleskiver is having to find your grandmothers old cast iron pan.

    We eat them at christmas time, so most people have their pans stashed away with the decorations. I can recommend using butter instead of "cooking spray", if you want an authentic taste ;-)

    I know our sound "æ" is hard to pronounce, but in my experience the best way to descripe it to an American is to think of Fonzie. His "ayyee"-sound is somewhat like it, if you cut away the "ee" :-)

  4. I've been seeing a lot of this pan lately, I want one, but I would never spend my money on it. They sure look delicious though!

  5. OMG....I have no idea what they are...but I want them....all of them....and a glass of milk your photo of the brioche blew me away, now you hit me with these lovely creations..I am in awe of a master baker....
    thank you for sharing this masterpiece!!
    All the best

  6. I love aebleskivers! I make them all the time for my friend's kids who can't get enough! Lovely pictures :)

  7. I've wanted one of these pans for some time. Want to know another cool thing you can make in it? Andrea Nguyen's corn dumplings. :) Let me know if you'd like more info.

    Your aebleskivers look fab. Very nice going!

    And I voted for myself once also when I was new...and still have no clue how the whole system works!

  8. This is impressive, I am going to forward this on to my Norwegian boyfriend to see if he has such a pan or has ever made these! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Thanks everyone :)

    Katty I would love to know more about the corn dumplings. I'm a sucker for anything that's cornmeal/cornbread related.

  10. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I have my grandmother's old cast iron pan and I'm going to dig it out of the cupboard and use it for your recipe. Thanks again, my grandchildren will love this!

  11. Saw you on fb. Seems like a fellow foodie Chef Dennis, reposted your stuff. Glad he did. Wonderful informative post. I look forward to following you here. Cheers!

  12. Hi Christa Rose,
    I love this and have bookmarked this. My kids will surely love this pancake and thanks for the info on this pancake. Great post :)

  13. I've seen them often in the Williams Sonoma catalog and swooned! Yours are making me swoon again. I need me one of those pans.

  14. Hi Lazaro thank you! I look forward to following you as well :) ...not in a stalking way or anything , ha!

    Elin, I'm so glad you're going to try it :)

    Shirley, it's so worth the extra equipment!

  15. I haven't had an Aebleskiver in maybe 30 years! Brings my back to my childhood. My mom used to make these all the time -- I'm from the central coast of CA very near Solvang, the Danish tourist town. We got a cast iron Aebleskiver pan when I was a kid and it was a weekend favorite. I haven't thought about these in years!

    Beautiful pictures!

  16. They are also delicious with a sliver of cinnamon apple in the middle. I use a wooden knitting needle to help me turn them. Thanks for sharing!

  17. They look so delish! I've never heard of it before but looks like something I would eat all the time.

  18. Wow what a beautiful and delicious post. I will be looking forward to more mouthwatering posts! Thank you for sharing!

  19. I have one of these pans! I use it for a Vietnamese dish but I'm glad now I have a recipe for a danish pancake!

  20. Ya know?! I have an aebleskiver pan and have yet to use it! This has inspired me! Thanks :-)

  21. Two questions: about how much jam did you end up using and what was the recipe yield?

  22. The recipe makes between 30-35 puffs depending on the size of your pan. Mine was able to hold 2 heaping tablespoons of batter. As for the jam, I would say I used less than 1/2 cup.

  23. Awesome. Thank you. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found an aebleskiver pan that I wasn't entirely looking for (shifty eyes). Best $35 impulse buy ever.

  24. I am having fun learning to master the turning technique. The messy ones are still soooooo good!

  25. These look yummy. I noticed that aebleskiver pan is a nice one, but I couldn't find it on the net.


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