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Stove – Æbleskivers

12.26.2010


I am Scandinavian by descent, and growing up we would have a lot of Danish and Swedish traditions, especially around Christmas. An Æbleskiver is a Danish breakfast pastry similar to our flapjacks, but fluffier and cooked in little balls. A few years ago I saw a direct to consumer marketed (As Seen on TV) product called the Pancake Puff. I actually was mad. Yet another timeless design had hit the As Seen on TV circuit, and thousands of Americans would get a shoddy product that gets put in a box a week after the 3 easy payments had cleared. Come on! The Danes had already invented it THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO! Please, Mr. Popeil, leave this one alone. Put a clock in a frying pan or something. *end rant*

I grew up with Æbleskivers (pronounced Ay Blah Ski Vers) As a warm Christmas tradition. They’re great year round. You’ll need a special pan, and you’ll want a nice cast iron one, not a made for TV piece of garbage. Here’s a good one. It has (usually) 7 depressions in form of half spheres. You put a dab of oil in each hole and drop batter (see below for secret family recipe) into each one and turn with a pointy object like a knitting needle or sharpened chopstick.

Mom & Sissy showing me the way.

Mom helped me out this year, and it will become our new family tradition. I learned a few things too. When it means to beat an egg white until stiff, that means you beat it until it turns into whipped cream, and will hold its shape. This was witchcraft, seeing an egg turn into cool whip, but it makes the Æbleskivers fluffy, so don’t skip it! I sure was glad Mom was able to teach me the things that are not passed down in the family cookbook.

Recipe:
Medium Heat
Stovetop
20 minutes
6 -8 Servings

1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups buttermilk
3 egg yokes

2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 egg whites

Whip egg whites until stiff. Mix all ingredients together and add the egg whites last. Put a small amount of oil in each depression of the Æbleskiver pan. Get the oil hot enough to spit. Spoon in batter, when it bubbles and is a beautiful light brown on the bottom, turn with a knitting needle. Poke it into the corner and flip like a pancake. Turn before baked too long. Makes 35-45.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm.

5 Stars

Bon Appetit! The Outdoors Start at Your Back Porch!

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