Last year, I won a blog giveaway from Zoe Bakes (I know, right? I actually won a blog giveaway).
Anyway, it was for an aebleskiver pan from Aunt Else’s Aebleskiver. I had never owned one before, nor had I ever tried making them, but of course, now they’re one of mine and my kids’ favorite things to eat.
If you’ve never had them, they’re basically round Danish pancakes baked in a special pan, and then filled with something while they bake, such as small apple pieces.
The first time I had them, my friend served them with buttermilk syrup, which is basically drinkable heaven. I have included a recipe for it.
The best way to explain how to make these is by watching an expert. Here is a demonstration by the folks at Aunt Else’s Aebleskiver. The guy shows how to flip them on 3 sides, which makes the aebleskiver come out perfectly round, unlike aebleskiver that are only flipped over once and look like mini pancakes. The method here is far better than other instructions I’ve read.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
4 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more cold butter cut in tiny pieces, about the size of pencil erasers.
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cardamom. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, and melted butter. Pour into dry mixture and combine.
3. In a metal or glass bowl (not plastic), beat egg whites until stiff stiff peaks form. Carefully fold egg whites into batter.
4. Heat aebleskiver pan over medium heat. While it heats, toss apples with allspice and orange zest. Drop a piece of cold butter into each indentation of the aebleskiver pan, and fill halfway with batter. Use a chopstick, skewer, or knitting needle to turn the pancakes on two separate sides (see video). Fill each one with a slice of apple, then turn them on the third side. Dust with powdered sugar, and serve with buttermilk syrup (recipe follows).
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, sugar, buttermilk, and cinnamon. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally. Take off heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will become thick and bubbly. Serve warm.