Danish Aebleskiver Pancakes
A holiday in Denmark often begins with these Danish Aebleskiver. These delicious round ball pancakes are eaten plain or stuffed with fruit, sausage or cheese and they are best served warm with warm maple syrup.
We discovered Danish Aebleskiver a few years ago when we were on a business trip to California. We had a few days off and took a side excursion to a small European community called Solvang in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.
There we found a quaint Danish village filled with delightful shops filled with European porcelain, iron work, linens, nutcrackers, collectibles and of course Danish pastries.
We enjoy exploring little shops and antique stores and this trip was no exception. In one of the stores I came across a Danish Aebleskiver pan.
Loving kitchen gadgets and tools the way I do I was captivated by the odd looking cast iron pan with the round indentations.
I’d never seen a pan like it nor had I ever heard of Danish Aebleskiver. I discovered it is a delicious round pancake ball that is a popular dessert treat and considered to be the signature dish of Denmark.
National Pancake day was this week and I remembered my ‘find’ in Solvang and decided to experiment with those Danish round pancakes and find out more about them.
The story goes that a large group of battle weary hungry Vikings were returning to their ship and wanted to have one of their favorite foods from their homeland. Without any pans the only thing they had to cook on was their banged up and dented shields. The pancakes cooked in the hollows of the shields and formed little balls that are now called aebleskiver.
Aebeleskiver batter is versatile. It can be sweet, filled with peach, raspberry or strawberry jam and topped with powdered sugar or savory and filled with sausage or cheese.
They can be made plain and topped with warm fruit syrup or filled with a peach or apple slice.Or you can be more creative and try adding chocolate chips or rolling in granulated sugar like donut holes or add green chilis and stuff with Monterey cheese.
They’re delicious any way you make them!
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups GF baking flour blend
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp Agave, Honey or Sugar
Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda
Add buttermilk and egg yolks
Beat egg whites until light and fluffy, forming soft peaks
Gently fold egg whites into batter
-Heat Aebleskiver pan on medium heat
-Grease each cup (butter, oil or vegetable oil spray)
-Fill each cup 2/3 full
-Cook 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side until golden brown. Flip ¼ turn using a skewer or toothpick
-When all sides are golden brown serve warm with dusted powdered sugar, wram syrup of topping of choice.
- Fill each cup 1/3 full with batter.
Place a small amount of fruit jam, fruit, cheese or sausage in each cup and cover with an additional 1/3 batter.
Makes about 35-40 Aebleskivers
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