Aebleskiver – Fluffy Danish Pancake Balls?

Now that we have made our Gløgg, we have to have aebleskiver. While its name translates to apple slices, this recipe has no apples and they certainly aren’t slices. Instead what you have are these light and fluffy pancake like balls which are served with sugar/icing sugar and jam. It goes perfectly with a warm cup of Gløgg and is typically served during Christmas. (Though we have just eaten way too many for “brunch” & the plan was to freeze some for Christmas)

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Although these days you can get ready made frozen aebleskiver in most supermarkets in Denmark, my mum and I both prefer the homemade one. I prefer it, mostly because my mother had no choice but to make them from scratch in SE Asia, and as such it is what I am accustomed to. However this also means, that we do not have them quite as often, but definitely during Christmas.

This year, I decided it was about time I invested in my own Aebleskiver pan which we bought on Amazon and decided it needed to be broken in. My mum’s recipe is pretty old school and uses yeast, compared to a lot of the recipes I have seen online which use baking soda etc.

The only thing I did do differently from what my mum does, was to try and whisk the egg whites so they are stiff and fluffy, and then add them in. I honestly have no idea if they did indeed make a difference, but I do think they have made a slight difference to how fluffy they turned out. I also made them slightly sweeter but that’s just my personal preference.

300gm flour
5 tablespoons sugar
10gm yeast (fast acting) if you are using fresh yeast 30gm
3 eggs separated
300ml lukewarm milk
1 tsp ground cardamom
Pinch of salt

1. Separate the egg whites and yolks
2. Mix the egg yolks, milk, sugar, salt, cardamom and yeast together.
3. Add the flour to the mix gradually to avoid lumps and set aside.
4. Whisk the egg whites so that you get stiff peaks.
5. Start heating up your pan on medium heat.
6. Fold the egg whites into the flour mix gradually.
7. Generously butter the pan and before every new batch add more butter.
8. Fill the hole till it’s about full and turn over after 4-5 minutes. You want to turn it halfway first, let the hole fill up with the filling from the inside before turning it over completely.
9. Serve with jam, sugar or icing sugar.

1. You can skip step 1 and 4 entirely and just mix the eggs in at let the yeast work its magic. That is how my mum usually does it and I have always liked her aebleskiver.
2. You can serve it with Nutella as well or ice cream.

Do let me know if you try it.

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