Aebleskivers, a Danish tradition

Hi All!! I am excited to share this experience with you! The community i live in has a Danish festival every year, it’s the one Big thing the city does. People from all over visit our city then for all the activities one can find at these sorts of places; local talent, a parade, arts and crafts show, flea market, and hot air balloons. I have to admit, we rarely go into town for the festivities, it is quite busy! One thing that we do attend every year is the open air breakfast, hosted on a week day, a couple of weeks before the actual festival. It seems more geared to us locals and it is time for our annual aebleskiver breakfast. During the festival these type of breakfast sell out early! this year we were served by Miss Danish Festival and her court, the boys were excited.

A couple of months earlier Josh had found that we had a cast iron aebleskiver pan in the garage! Really!?! My love of cast iron amazes me when things like this are found!


So as i am looking through the Guide for the Danish Festival I found a recipe for these Danish pancake balls! Sweet! Although I did make a minor adjustment to the recipe, my lack of buttermilk was not a problem!

Here is the recipe I used:

  • 4 egg yolks, reserve the whites
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 c. buttermilk (i used 1 cup plain greek yogurt and one cup milk)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 3/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. vanilla, the real stuff
  • 4 egg whites, slightly beaten


Beat the egg yolks and sugar together. Add the rest of the ingredients, gently folding in the egg whites last. Grease the aeblehskiver pan with coconut oil (i found that have a little excess coconut oil in there is a good thing!), heat pan over medium heat. Fill each cup with batter and turn regularly with a wood skewer. Make sure to grease each cup before each batch in the pan. Serve warm. Traditionally served with powdered sugar, brown sugar or jam. My fellas liked them with warm maple syrup. This batch makes about 35 aeblehskivers.

Easy enough, right?!? Well….just some tips that i learned as i made these for the first time.

  1. Do not overfill the cups! You really don’t want them to overflow! This makes them hard to turn with the skewersaeeblahskeever6
  2. Make sure there is enough grease/oil in the cups! I found that you are almost frying these things in that oil and it makes them easier to turn! aeeblahskeever5
  3. Even if not perfect looking they are still very yummy!aeeblahskeever3
  4. With a little practice, you too will be cooking like a Dane! 

I hope you get a chance to check out this recipe, if you do let me know how you like it!!


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