Recipes » Breakfast » Aebleskiver or Danish pancakes or the defeat of the Dutch…
Breakfast Desserts & Baking Recipes

Aebleskiver or Danish pancakes or the defeat of the Dutch…

This post was previously published on Junglefrog Cooking (in 2010) but I did not want it to sink into the archives!

aebleskiver

Today I had a revelation; I have loved poffertjes all my life but as of today it is official; the Dutch have been defeated in the making of these treats by the Danish… 🙂 It’s sad but true. Well, ok in the defense of the Dutch nation; it is not really the same recipe and there are some noticeable differences between the two, so maybe I shouldn’t even be compairing them. You know what? Let’s not.. I might offend half the Dutch population in the process of proclaiming the Danish ones better so let’s not go there…lol… But seriously… these little darlings are sooooo good and I didn’t expect them to be so it was a delightful surprise when I was making them this afternoon. Being all alone in the house I could not share them with anyone unfortunately so I had to send Tom and text message saying that he missed something really really good and a promise that I will make them for him tomorrow. Yes, they are that good!

aebleskiver filled with banana
aebleskiver filled with banana

How did we get to making these little gems? As you might remember if you read this blog more often Nurit of FamilyFriendlyFood and I had a ‘virtual cooking together’ session last month in which we made our national treat of Dutch poffertjes. You can read all about it here and here. We liked it so much that we have decided to try out more variations of the pancake/poffertje theme trying out various recipes around the world. This month we are going to be joined by Trissa from Trissalicious so I cannot wait to see what they have come up with! We initially had planned to make these earlier but due to all sorts of reason it got pushed out a bit further but here we are; I have made them!

So what does make these so much better then the Dutch ones? For one; they are somewhat bigger, so that gives you the opportunity to fill them with lots of good things. That also gives them a unique quality in my eyes above the regular poffertjes as I do think that the filling makes a big big difference. That plus the fluffy and airy texture of them. I think it is the beaten eggwhites that go into the batter that gives the Aebleskiver there airiness and the slight crunch of the outside. Combine that with fruity or chocolaty insides and you have real winner. I made only two batches since I was on my own. The first batch I baked with banana slices inside and the second one with a teaspoon of apple compote inside, but really you could fill it with just about anything you like; cherries, pineapple, jam, chocolate and fact I would not be surprised if they go really well with cheese inside of them too… Ooo, now that I am writing that down; I am sooo gonna try that next! Blue melty cheese on the inside… How good can it get?

I have to confess that I ate both of the portions and felt that I should still eat more of them. Which would not have been a good decision at this point. Good thing I didn’t plan on having anything special for dinner as I am kind of full after eating these, so I think I will just settle for some leftover macaroni from yesterday if I end up feeling like eating again…

And now; the moment you have all been waiting for; the recipe…. I got the recipe from Nurit actually. This was the recipe that was attached to the pan when she bought it. You have to know that in order to make these you need a special pan, which I took a photo of a little further down below. It typically has 7 large dents in it to put the batter in and is made of castiron. At least mine is. Keep in mind also that mine is weird in the sense that you cannot use it on the stove without putting something underneath. Not sure why that is really but I used a baking tray rack to put on top of the stove so I could put the pan on it. It did mean that it got heated slightly uneven so I had to keep that in mind while baking them but other then that; it all went fine. I could even get them out of the pan quite easily. Just make sure you use enough butter here… Not a low calorie treat for sure!

Aebleskiver

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 250 ml milk (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • For filling use; jam, bananas, chocolate, apple, apple sauce, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries... o well, anything...
  • Maple syrup and/or powdered sugar for serving

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then add the milk and the melted butter.
  2. Whisk the yolk mixture into the flour mixture until the batter is well combined. In a third bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter in 2-3 additions.
  3. Put 1/4 teaspoon butter in each well of the pancake pan. Place over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to sizzle. Using a pastry/silicon brush, coat surface of wells entirely with the butter. Pour 1 tbsp batter into each well, then add some of the filling in the center of each pancake and top with another 1 tablespoon of batter. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown, crispy, and slightly pulls away around the edge, 3 to 5 minutes. Using 2 wooden skwers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy on the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

Check out Nurit’s post here and Trissa’s post here

aebleskiver

Aebleskiver pan with batter inside
Aebleskiver pan with batter inside

About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer

9 Comments

Click here to post a comment

  • Hello!  

    Can you use the aebelskiver pan to also make Poffertjes?  After reading your post I am inclined to try the aebelskivers!  But do still want the option to make Poffertjes.  
    Thank you!

  • hello, i understand that if i use a poffertjes pan their size may differ, but would using a poffertjes pan affect the taste or texture of the aebrlskiver? or its the same but oly different size? thanks

    • Hè Dee. It will affect the taste as a regular poffertjes pan is not so deep. I filled the aebleskiver which you cannot do in a regular pan. So in that respect it will have a different flavor but in essence it will be the same. In terms of the batter used. Does that make sense?

  • Love these little bundles of goodness, i put mozzarella and bacon bits in mine sometimes,then drizzle Maple syrup all over them,so good.

Welcome In Simone’s Kitchen

Hi. My name is Simone and I believe you can change your life by eating the right foods. I am a certified holistic nutritional coach, food photographer, recipe developer and story teller.
I am based in the Netherlands.

Ready to know more?

Do you want to change your life and get healthy?

Join over 650 subscribers and receive the newsletter filled with delicious recipes and more.

Powered by ConvertKit

Archive by date

Archive by category

Travel calendar 2018

March: Blankenberge, Belgium
April: 3 weeks roadtrip through East USA
May: Turkey
May: Germany
June: Germany
September: Newcastle