In Danish, aebleskiver means apple slices. These spherical pancakes, which can be found throughout Denmark at Christmastime, got their name from the traditional filling of apple pieces or apples sauce. Aebleskiver are made in a special pan that allows the batter to be formed into perfect spheres. These can be found all over Denmark in November and December, in some kitchen stores or online outside of Denmark.
Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- Canola oil, as needed
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, and baking powder. In a small bowl, beat the whites until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
- Into the bowl with the egg yolk mixture, add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, in alternating ½-cup additions. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
- Pour ½ teaspoon oil into each well of your aebleskiver pan, then place over a medium burner. Heat pan for 15 minutes, then use a pastry brush to spread the oil across the wells and top surface of the pan.
- Spoon the batter into the wells, filling to just below the top of each well (the pastries will expand).
- After the edges of each ball have begun to brown and pull away from the sides, use a skewer to gently slide the aebleskiver up in a quarter-turn. After a minute or two, push the skewer into the top corner and slide it around in a 90-degree quarter-turn. Finally, stick the skewer into the back of the cooked part and flip it completely over. You’ll know it’s done when you insert the skewer into the center of the pastry and it comes out clean.
- Remove from pan and serve warm with powdered sugar.