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Danish Aebleskiver Recipe

GrandmaToday’s post is dedicated in loving memory of my wonderful grandma, Charla.

Born in Denmark, my Grandma immigrated to the United States with her family at the tender age of two. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, one of her greatest joys was cooking for family and friends. Family gatherings were often centered in my grandparent’s warm and inviting kitchen that overlooked their fragrant orange tree and a beautiful garden of daisies, one of my Grandma’s favorite flowers.

My Grandma was well-known for her many delicious dishes that included a variety of traditional Danish cuisine. Aebleskiver, or Danish pancake balls, were always a family favorite. This recipe comes from the cookbook, For Danish Appetites by Lyla G. Solum.

For this recipe, you will need to use an aebleskiver pan which is available at a variety of cooking stores or online.

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Danish Aebleskiver (Pancake Balls)

2 cups buttermilk

2 cups flour

2 eggs, separated

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

*1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons melted butter

* the recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, but our family always used a full teaspoon, sometimes even 1 1/2 teaspoons

* I prefer to use all organic ingredients

-Separate the eggs and with a stand mixer, hand mixer or wire whisk, beat the egg whites until stiff.

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-With a wire whisk, combine all other ingredients until batter is smooth. Gently fold in egg whites.

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 -Over medium heat, put about one tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil) in the bottom of each aebleskiver pan cup. When the oil becomes hot, put enough batter in each cup so that it barely comes to the top. Too much batter will make the aebleskiver difficult to turn.

-When you notice bubbles around the edge and towards the middle, it’s time to start turning the aebleskiver. Danish cooks would typically use a knitting needle to turn them, but a fork works well, too!

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-Continue to let the aebleskiver cook, turning often to prevent burning. When a toothpick comes out clean from the center, remove it immediately.

-Aebleskiver are traditionally served warm with jam or maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Enjoy, and as my Grandma used to say, “C’mon, you can eat one more!”

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A treasured photograph —

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16 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your family story. Aebleskivers are a family favorite.
    We still make them when the grandchildren visit.

    1. That’s wonderful! Some of my fondest memories of my grandparents were cooking with them — they always made it so much fun! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post, Anna. The Danish Aebleskivers look really tasty! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much — I always loved cooking with my Grandma, and this recipe is one of our family favorites! 🙂

  3. Love the pics of grandma and precious heirloom recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much, Sadie! It was always such a joy cooking and spending time with my sweet grandma!

  4. This post is amazing and took me back! So nice to share! My grama was Swedish and had amazing recipes!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! How lovely that you have such fond memories of your grandma’s cooking as well!

      1. she was famous in her little town! Mostly Swedish people and made lovely desserts! When I saw this post I felt so happy and sad! love it!

        1. Your grandma sounds wonderful! My grandma was always so happy to be in her kitchen cooking for family and friends. I could always smell her cooking way before getting to her front or back door! 🙂 I always loved to cook with her — she made it so much fun!

  5. Oh my! These look wonderful Anna! I really miss æbleskiver,havn’t had them in ages. I just can’t seem to find any æbleskiver pan..Would really love to have one right now,because yours look delicious! XD

    1. Thank you so much, Sweetima! Have you tried looking online for an aebleskiver pan? Sometimes th pans are hard to locate, and it’s such a shame because aebleskiver are so delicious! 😉

      1. I will try to find a pan, i have to! I really miss eating æbleskiver so i need to find a pan to start making them myself!

        1. Aebleskiver are one of my favorites, too! 😉 I hope you are able to find a pan soon!

          1. Haha thanks! I also hope i find one asap XD

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