My sweet Mormor (Danish for Grandma) was from Denmark. Part of her legacy, something she brought with her and shared with us, was Aebleskivers. As a child I remember having aebleskivers every so often, but really not often enough. They are a delicious Danish pancake that, even right now as I write about it, make my mouth water in anticipation of eating them. Our family decided that we wanted a traditional time to have them as they are not something you just throw together any morning, we needed a plan. So we decided every 6 months on the Sunday morning of LDS General Conference we would do an aebleskiver breakfast and then watch the first session of conference together (we feed our body, then our spirit). This tradition has been in force for at least 12 years and will keep on rolling as long as I’m alive.
Traditions give security, and help define who you are. I don’t feel that a tradition has to be done the same way every time, but that there is SOMETHING constant for one to hold on to. We all know that we get together for aebleskivers and conference every 6 months, but we don’t necessarily do everything else that morning the exact same way every time. Another thing I love about this tradition is that it makes me think about my sweet Mormor and Poppy who have passed on. Sometimes I wonder if they are allowed to come join us that day.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as we do. It really is easy, just takes some time to cook them.
Tip: Having 2 pans helps it go a little faster. Also, make sure your pans are seasoned before you use them for the first time.
Gather your ingredients and an Aebleskiver Pan. Then I like to start heating my pan so that I am ready to cook right when the batter is ready.
Mix the flour and eggs thoroughly in the mixer. It will seem dry and lumpy.
Gradually add the buttermilk. If you put it in too fast the mixture will be very lumpy and hard to get the lumps out.
Mix until no longer lumpy then ADD THE BAKING SODA. Please don’t forget the baking soda. I often do and I ruin a pan before I realize. They just don’t rise and taste a little sour if you forget.
Add a small amount of shortening (about 1/2 tsp) to each cup of the pan. You will need to do this each time before filling with batter.
Fill each cup about 3/4 full with batter. Allow to cook till the one side is golden brown, then use a fork to roll over and continue till golden. Pull those out and put them in a bowl and continue till batter is gone.
Now enjoy!! You can try dipping them into a number of things such as sugar, cinnamon, sugar, jam (any flavor), powdered sugar, syrup, etc.
See the happy!!
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 6 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- opt. Jam, Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar These are what we like to dip them in.
- Begin heating your Aebleskiver pan on medium heat.
- Combine flour, eggs and salt and mix thoroughly in a mixer.
- Gradually add buttermilk (it is important to do it gradually or it will be very lumpy).
- Mix until not lumpy then ADD BAKING SODA. I almost always forget this step. If you forget, you will notice in the first batch that it doesn't rise, that is your sign that you forgot the soda. They do not taste good without the soda!!
- Place a small amount of shortening in each cup of the pan. You will need to do this each time before putting batter in.
- Fill each cup about 3/4 full (I use a 1/4c measuring cup to scoop it)
- Allow to cook till you think the one side is golden brown then use a fork to roll it so the other side can cook till golden as well. Repeat till batter is gone.
- Serve warm dipping in sugar, jam, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or syrup... So many things to try. Find your favorite combination. Enjoy!
Family traditions are the best! This is such a great tradition and looks so yummy!!
My husbands family came from Denmark and I had been thinking that it would be fun to try to make a meal from there. These would be perfect. I’m sure my kiddos would love little bite size pancakes.
Aliza, you should definitely try them. I know your kids will love them. Mine are always asking when we can make them again. Enjoy!!
Well those look delish! Thanks for sharing!!!
How do you pronounce that? Ha Ha! I am heading to Amazon to buy one of those pans now. My kids will love this breakfast for Christmas Morning.
eb-lu-skee-vers 🙂 Hope that helps. I’m so happy you are going to try them. Remember to season your pan before you use it. Christmas is a great day to make them, just make sure you don’t stay up till 2am wrapping gifts or you might be too tired. LOL!
This tradition I have shared with several of my good friends. I have made them with their families and the kids love them! I get random texts saying the or kids want me to come over and make Æbleskivers for them. I guess historically, the Danish would put a bit of fruit in the batter before turning them over. The word Æbleskiver translated from Danish means apple slices. So we have toyed with putting chunks of apples, peaches, blue berries, black berries, banana, pears and pineapple. They all tasted great! I bought a bigger pan from Logdgetech with bigger cups. We even put ago sausage and cheese, they were delicious. Still nothing beats dipping one in cane sugar, and Maid Marrion jam!
Anyway, my friends liked them so much, I actually gave out a dozen or so pans as gifts with this recipe, and I still get picture messages with their own Æbleskivers and thanks for the pan/recipe. I wish the whole world could have these for breakfast!
Scotty, I will have to try all those add-ins, they sounds delicious! I think it is great that you have shared them with friends as well. I think people who have never had them are really missing out:)