Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What's up Wednesday--Aebelskivers

What is an Aebelskiver?  It is a round Danish pancake made in a special Aebelskiver pan.  Ben's dad went to Denmark on a mission for our Church, and he shared his love for them with Ben and his siblings growing up.  I saw this post about them on Mel's Kitchen Cafe and decided since this was part of our heritage we needed to get them and make them.  Boy was I sure glad we did!  They are yummy!
This is Ben making them this past Sunday.  We also had them for Labor Day breakfast and decided that was going to be our new Labor Day tradition.  We always have root beer floats on Labor Day for our evening treat, but from now on we are going to add the tradition of having Aebelskivers for breakfast.  We also decided they were going to be our Christmas morning tradition.  We normally have sweet rolls, but everyone voted to change to these, so you know they are good!  And I like traditions where someone else does the cooking--like Ben :)

You put the dough in the pan after you oil each circle.  Then you turn them as they cook with a stick--we (Ben) use a chopstick.

Cooking all the way around.

Yum!  They are traditionally served with powdered sugar and jam which we tried and is really good.  We also have some fruit syrups (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry) and they were excellent with those also.  Regular pancake syrup is good, but our favorite is to put Nutella on them.  Oh. my.   A breakfast made in heaven!  The pan was not very much--I got a cast iron Norpro Danish Aebelskiver pan on Amazon for less than $12 here.  It works great, just be sure and season it as it says before you use it.  That is the key to cast iron--season before!

This is the recipe my father-in-law gave us (Thanks Dad!), and it is very good.  The recipe on Mel's Kitchen Cafe is also very good. We (Ben) substitued 1/2 whole wheat flour, and they were excellent.  Enjoy!  

Danish Aebelskivers

2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 tes salt
1/2 tes soda
2 tes baking powder
2 eggs
2 Tbl sugar
4 Tbl melted butter

Combine all ingredients well--it will be thick.  Oil each cup in your pan before putting in about 1 Tab in each cup.  Turn them as they cook.  Enjoy any way you want!  Yum!


  1. Question - can you do these without the exact Aebelskivers pan? I remember making these in a cooking class when I was 7.

    Also - we're all quite wild about Ben and the cooking apron. Looking stylish! :)

  2. My husbands family made these all the time growing up. He shared it with me when we got married and now it's a Christmas morning tradition in our family. You should try it with pears that you put in the blender to make smooth. My husband doesn't eat it any other way. You also need to get another pan so that kids and husband are not waiting for each batch to cook. It was so worth it because the Aebelskivers would disappear in a heartbeat! :)