Aebleskiver Danish Pancakes
a traditional Danish breakfast or dessert popular in Denmark is a circle pancake cooked in an aebleskiver pan and served with jam, powdered sugar, syrup, and fruit.
This is a recipe I have been so excited to share with you! My brother, Ryan, lived in Denmark for several years while serving a church mission. When he came home, he taught us all about the famous aebleskivers he would eat in Denmark. We became obsessed with them and would eat them with my Mom's famous buttermilk syrup.
My brother got the recipe from Ben and Fran Hansen, who lived in Denmark while my brother was there. They were the cutest little older couple who took such good care of him while on his mission. He would go over to their house and Fran would whip up a batch of her homemade aebleskivers and he loved it. I am so glad he kept the recipe after all of these years!
What is an Aebleskiver?
An æbleskiver is a European pancake similar to a popover with a light and fluffy interior and a buttery exterior. They can be spelled in all sorts of ways -- aebleskiver, æbleskiver. or ebleskiver but they are all the same. They have a sister cousin -- mini Dutch pancakes called poffertjes.
Aebleskivers aren't necessarily sweet but can be dipped in or filled with homemade raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Our favorite way to eat them is to smother them in a homemade buttermilk syrup which is basically a salted caramel syrup that is to die for. If you want to go all-out, top with fresh strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream.
In order to make aebleskivers, you need a pan. This is the pan I bought from Amazon and I love it. It is non-stick and I make sure to add plenty of butter to make it extra non-stick and to make the mini pancakes extra flavorful.
This aebleskiver recipe is so easy and calls for simple ingredients such as flour, baking powder and soda, salt, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter. The key is to whip the egg whites which gives these Danish pancakes a nice loft to them.
In 2013 we decided to take a trip along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. We started in the LA area and traveled North to San Francisco. We stopped in charming little towns and fell in love with so many places.
One of the highlights was stopping in Solvang, California -- a town with Danish architecture, authentic pastries, and aebleskivers. Since my brother doesn't get to speak Danish very often, he was so excited to speak the language and most importantly, eat the incredible food. We love trying all kinds of aebleskivers and basking in this charming Danish town.
Now I am going to share all of the tips and tricks for making the best aebleskivers!
How to make the Best Aebleskivers:
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then making a well in the middle to add in the wet ingredients.
- Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and beat the egg whites with a beater until stiff peaks form.
- Add the liquid ingredients -- egg yolks, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter to the dry ingredients -- and mix together. Carefully fold in the egg whites.
- Heat the aebleskiver pan over medium-low heat. I like to cook them low and slow to make sure they don't burn on the outside without becoming fully cooked on the inside. I will sometimes REDUCE the heat to low if they are getting too brown. You definitely don't want a hot pan.
- Add a little bit of butter or oil to each well in the pan. Here is a link to my favorite aebleskiver pan. If you have a pastry brush, use it to brush the pan with the melted butter to avoid sticking.
- Add about 1 Tablespoon of batter into each well, filling it almost to the very top. Let it cook until it is a light golden color and then turn, using a fork, an angled spatula, or something you can pierce it with.
- Serve with homemade jam, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or homemade buttermilk syrup. Click HERE for the syrup recipe.
Such a cool and different recipe. I had never heard of them or tried them before your introduction. So yum! Love that they are bite size and that you get the golden layer all the way around the bite, makes it really flavorful. These are a winner winner chicken dinner!
Such a fun and different way to make pancakes! I bought the pan you suggested off of amazon and it worked fantastic!
I recently got a pan to make these and this is the third recipe I tried and the keeper! I use coconut oil instead of butter to cook them, other than that followed the recipe. I filled them with Nutella and some with strawberries and cream cheese. Thanks for sharing!
Good recipe! A few notes from a Dane (me):
1) Æbleskiver (Æ/æ is the Danish/Norwegian/Icelandic/Faeroese letter for ae) means “apple slices”, The singular form is “æbleskive”. So the word “aebleskivers” is somewhat double plural to a Dane 🙂
2) So called because a slice of apple was usually baked into them, Around my great grandmother’s time. It is very rare to experience that nowadays.
3) I have never heard about eating it for breakfast! We almost exclusively serve it during Christmas time, and most often in the afternoon/evening, and often accompanied by “gløg” - the Nordic version of mulled wine that has been served since around 1600.
4) Most people use a knitting needle to turn over the æbleskiver in the pan.
Scandinavians like to have Lingonbaerry jam with their Ableskiver.
My mother made these all the time. What a treat!
I am from Junction City, Oregon. It is home to the Scandinavian Festival every summer. And, of course, features Aebleskivers!
About how many does this recipe make?
I am from Junction City, Oregon, which has the Scandinavian Festival every summer - featuring Aebleskivers of course! My mom made them at home, and we always got them at the Festival!
Maybe a stupid question, but can you make these without special pan like just on a griddle?
Love your recipes and always am delighted with how they turn out.
Donna A Pollock
These little delicious bites are one of my favorites. There is a little Danish Town about 2 hours from where I live, called Solvang. We go there a lot and I always get these when we go. And Melissa you are right, they are like Pop Overs. They are so good. You can really eat way to many of these if you're not careful. I love them and can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you Melissa.