Saturday, October 24, 2009

Threes A Charm for Ebleskiver

Ebleskiver are delicious and once you get the hang of making them they are well worth the trouble. I bought a vintage Ebleskiver pan but I bet a non stick version would make these quite easy to prepare. Some of you may never have heard of Ebleskiver, in truth I hadn't either until I spotted the pan in Williams Sonoma. I wanted to do some homework on these spheres of awesomeness. Here is what I was able to find. I found they are also spelled Aebleskiver. They are a delicacy, supposedly invented by some Dane back in history. They are like a pancake formed like a tennis ball.

The name makes people believe that there are slices of apples inside, which is correct--- if you put apple slices inside! You see, everybody, including me, has their own favorite recipe and way of serving them, all depending from where in Denmark the recipe came from. You can find them served several different ways. The most common way is with powdered sugar sprinkled over them and then topped with raspberry jam. One theory how Aebleskiver were invented is that back in the good old days, when the Vikings were roaming up and down the coasts of Europe and the waters of the Atlantic, one band of these Vikings had been particularly hard hit in battle, so, when they got back on their ship with their horn helmets and shields all dented and banged up, they decided to have one of their favorite dishes to help them regain their strength ---- pancakes!!

In those days they did not have modern conveniences such as frying pans, so, they greased their shields and poured the pancake batter on them over the fire but, guess what?! Aebleskiver!

Danish Ebleskiver

2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 T sugar
desired fruit jam or applesauce

Separate eggs, beat whites until they are stiff, set aside. In another bowl beat yolks, add sugar and buttermilk
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then add to egg yolk mixture. Mix well. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Heat ebleskiver pan and put small dot of butter in each depression. When bubbling add batter to 2/3 full working quickly put small amount of filling in each, go back and cover with more batter(small amount) when they are set carefully turn with a fork or spoon or I found a frosting spatula worked well.
Serve with powdered sugar, jam, maple syrup or whatever you would like!

This recipe makes a lot of these (at least 28) plenty of batter to practice with.

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