There’s a lovely town a few hours up the coast from us called Solvang that was established by a group of Danes, and even today it’s like a little slice of Denmark right here in California. Mike and I love escaping there. Several years ago our friends were married there, which resulted in a fun weekend with our pals. We gorged ourselves on the Danish treat æbleskivers every morning, and the next year when I got married my friend Dana gave us an æbleskiver pan. So what IS an æbleskiver? It’s what you’d get if a pancake and a popover had a baby. They are delicious, and if I can make them, you can too. All you need is this recipe and an æbleskiver pan, which you can find at most cooking stores, although I highly suggest getting a cast iron pan because they cook much better. You can find those here. An æbleskiver pan is a great gift for the person who has everything (I’ve given several!).
let’s pretend I don’t have cinnamon in here twice
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
In a smaller bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients, then add them to the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Place pan on the stove over low-medium heat. When the pan is HOT, brush cups with butter.
Pour batter into cups. Fill about 3/4 full, because the batter will puff up as it cooks.
After a minute, the bottom of the æbleskiver will be cooked, so it’s time to turn it. This sounds complicated, but it’s not – basically, take two wooden skewers and carefully turn the æbleskiver by piercing the cooked part of the pancake. The center will still be runny, so by turning it you are allowing the runny part to spill into the cup so it can cook. Continue to turn the æbleskiver as it cooks until the entire thing is golden brown. Don’t get discouraged if you find turning the æbleskivers difficult at first, you will quickly get the hang of it like I did.
Remove them promptly when done, using the skewers.
Dust them with powdered sugar before serving.
You definitely should also serve them with jam, or apple pie filling. YUM.
Annie’s first æbleskiver!
They were soooo good and gone in five minutes.
Questions? Fire away!
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
- In a bowl, mix flour with sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a small bowl, beat egg to blend with milk and 2 tablespoons butter.
- Add liquids to dry ingredients and stir until evenly moistened.
- Place an Æbleskivers pan over medium-low heat. When pan is hot, brush pancake cups with melted butter and fill each to slightly below the rim with batter.
- Thin crusts will form on bottoms of balls after a minute (centers will still be wet); pierce the crust with a slender wood skewer and gently pull shell to rotate the pancake ball until about half the cooked portion is above the cup rim and uncooked batter flows down into cup. Cook until crust on bottom of ball is again firm enough to pierce, about another minute, then rotate ball with skewer until the ridge formed as the pancake first cooked is on top. Cook, turning occasionally with skewer, until balls are evenly browned and no longer moist in the center.
- Lift cooked balls from pan and serve warm.
There’s a Danish restaurant in my hometown, and it was a fav place for my mom and I to have breakfast. My fav thing to have w/ aebelskievers is apple butter! Mmmm….
(And for the truly lazy, like me, the frozen versions of aebelskievers at TJ’s aren’t too bad.)
Diane B. says:
I was telling my friend about the TJ versions. You’re right, not bad and perfect if you just want to pop a couple into the microwave/toaster over for a quickie snack.
Diane B. says:
I’m so happy you have a recipe! I’ve printed it up and shared it with my girlfriend. Her grandmother was Danish and I gave her an Aebleskiver pan for her birthday but she hasn’t used it yet because she couldn’t find a good recipe. We are going to have a Danish cooking day and I think your recipe will be one of the stars. I’m so excited to try this! I just have to borrow her pan from her or buy my own. Thanks for sharing!!!
Those look delicious! I had to laugh, though. My computer apparently does not like the word æbleskivers. Twice the title of your post quickly changed to bleskivers. What, it likes that word better?
I live about an hour north of Solvang and we LOVE going there for Aebleskivers! (plus my name is kirsten and it’s one of the few places I can find my name on personalized items, lol) – we also have a cast iron pan, but I’m thrilled to have a recipe! We’ve only ever used the boxed mix. Thanks for sharing!
Two Cinnamons? I have five. Listen, if you’re going to bake, bake hard. I love http://www.penzeys.com/. Half my recipes now require one of their spice blends.
Debby Pucci says:
I love Solvang, haven’t been there in years. Those look yummy. Thank you for the recipe.
My grandma used to make these when I was little, we called them turtle eggs, which now sounds terrible, but we loved them. It was such a special treat to have them. We would dip them in granulated sugar hot from the pan. Yum!
My dad is from Denmark and Aebleskivers are our family’s special Christmas Eve dessert. We affectionately call them “fat pills.” My dad’s recipe is his old Danish cookbook and one of these days I have to get him to translate it for me. Another favorite treat was Kringle, but now I can only get that if I visit Solvang.
I grew up in Tyler, MN, which is primarily Danish. We also have Aebleskiver Days every summer! Nothing better!
Get some lingonberry jam to eat with them! You can find it at IKEA or World Market (our house likes the one from WM the best).
I don’t know what I enjoy more, reading your daily posts or your recipes. Either way, thank you for sharing!
I bought one of those pans from a thrift store, I never knew what it was for! Know I know, thanks.
*now I know.
Our old family tradition includes putting a spoonful of applesauce in the middle (thus the “aeble” in the name) , our current family tradition requires 4-5 chocolate chips in the middle of each one although the family matriarch is likely rolling in her grave ; )
These sound delicious!! And Annie’s face in the last picture is precious…she clearly LOVES her Daddy. So sweet! Thank you for sharing!
Bianca S says:
They look AMAZE.
One question though: I have an electric stove, not a gas one. Is it still OK to use an aebleskiver pan over direct heat when the stove is electric, do you think?
I was wondering the same thing… I think it would work ok though. I have a cast iron griddle that sits directly in my flat electric stovetop, and pancakes do just fine in that. Will have to try it… Now to find an aebleskiver pan!
Bianca P says:
Sounds great! Now to add an aebleskiver pan to my long kitchenware wishlist
We put nutella in the middle right after pouring the batter! YUM.
I grew up in Solvang in the 50’s when it really was a Danish town and have been lucky enough to reconnect with my Danish friends on Facebook, Back then it was a real Danish town, now it’s a tourist town. Fortunately, the Birkholms have taken back the bakery so there will be at least two real Danish bakeries.
You can make aebelskivers with Bisquick and use knitting needles to turn them. As someone else said, putting a bit of applesauce in the middle when you put the batter in the cups is a very good addition.
i am from india,we use similar pan to make a spicy version of these with onion ,grated carrots ,green chillies ,cilantro
Sarah Macon says:
Oh man we got this pan for a wedding gift. When I was pregnant we did some experimenting and let me just tell you, drop a chunk of reese cup in there the add a bit more mix on top before you flip! WHOA! We did twix, snickers, and milky way too! Awesome
i don’t understand the title? is it a atypo or just over my head?
lynn @ the actor's diet says:
i have always wanted to try these since seeing them in solvang!
Those look fab…so do they puff up inside rather like a Dutch Baby pancake? Gonna have to get one of these pans! Thanks Heather! (also thanks to whomever mentioned the quick & easy TJ version–may just go that route, I have fibromyalgia & it is often too hard for me to stand long periods of time, so flipping those little darlings may not work for me)
I grew up in Santa Maria, and we made at these in home ec, I love them.
I came back to this recipe for my son’s school country project. I couldn’t find an aebleskiver pan on short notice, so I used a cakepop maker. It worked like a charm!
what a great idea!