Recipe: Danish aebelskiver (apple pancake balls)

by Lala

We love pancakes in this house and rainy days are just perfect for staying in and having a stack of warm pancakes with tea or coffee. Just to change things up a bit, I’ve been making aebelskiver which are traditional, round Danish pancakes. The word aebelskiver means “Apple slices” in Danish, as the dish was originally made by dipping apple slices in batter and deep frying them.

Over time, dish evolved into the round pancake form with a special pan being developed, most likely to keep the process of making the deep fried apple slices a bit neater, and in my opinion a lot more fun to eat. The Danes have loads of different berries growing in their climate, which make excellent jams. These pancakes are usually served still warm with a dollop of these jams, such as lingonberry.

Here is how you can make them with a cake pop machine or a traditional aebelskiver pan if you can find one.

Aebelskiver ingredients

Ingredients

1 & 1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sunflower oil
Pinch cinnamon
1 & 1/2 small apples chopped & peeled
Non-stick cooking spray like Spray and Cook or Pam

Optional: Traditional, Danish lingonberry jam or another jam of your choosing.

Method
Preheat your aebelskiver pan, or cake pop machine. Spray with the non stick spray.

Sift the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients separately and stir into the flour mix. Then fold in the peeled and chopped apples into the batter. Don’t overmix. Rest the batter for about 20 minutes.

Mixing batter for aebelskiver

Scoop spoonfuls of the batter into the wells, until just under the very top. If using a cake pop machine, close the top and bake for 3 to 4 minutes. If you’re using a traditional aebelskiver pan, spoon the batter into the pan, give them about a one quarter or one third turn ever minute, until they are cooked to a beautiful golden brown on all sides.

Danish aebelskiver pancakes in cake pop machine

Serve with your favorite berry jam, and enjoy.

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