Danish Pancakes (Aebelskiver) | Simple Recipe Series

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By Josh Rueff on May 21, 2013
This simple recipe for traditional Danish Pancakes is a superb addition to our minimalist “Simple Recipe Series”.

This excerpt from wikipedia (take it or leave it) is actually quite accurate:

Æbleskiver (Danish meaning apple slices (singular: æbleskive)) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. The English language spelling is usually aebleskiver or ebleskiver.

In Denmark, æbleskiver are common before Christmas. In December, they are often served with gløgg, Scandinavian mulled wine. In Norway, warm waffles have much of the same function as æbleskiver in Denmark.

11 Simple Ingredients

-1 cup whole wheat flour
-2 tablespoons white sugar
-2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 dash ground nutmeg
-1 dash ground cloves
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-3/4 cup milk
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 Simple Steps

1. Mix batter: Pour the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, and nutmeg into a large bowl and stir. Mix in the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

2. Heat pan: Turn stove to medium and place the cooking spray coated Aebelskiver pan on it.

3. Cook the batter: Pour your batter into each cup, 2/3 full. Allow the bottom to cook to a golden brown, then rotate by 1/4 – continue to rotate the pancake balls incrementally until all sides of the ball are golden brown. 

Although this is kind of advanced for amateur cooks like myself, believe me, it’s well worth perfecting! You can also fill the cakes with all sorts of tasty fillings: Peanut butter, Nutella, blueberries, strawberries, rasberries, jam, pie filling, coconut, and so much more!

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