November 12, 2010

Æbleskiver

What is an Æbleskiver?

Æbleskiver (Danish meaning apple slices (singular: æbleskive)) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. The English language spelling is usually aebleskiver or ebleskiver.


 The batter for æbleskiver usually includes wheat flour, which is mixed with buttermilk, milk or cream, eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt.

Okay... so I TOTALLY follow the recipe here. :) Most recipes I feel like I should add or subtract from! ha ha! Erik teases me that nothing I make EVER tastes the same! :) For some reason, I think I should improvise and modify the recipes - add my own little touch! :)  I have to say, sometimes it works out and sometimes I just can't get the fam to eat it! :) ha! :)


Batter is poured into the buttered indentations and as the æbleskiver begin to cook, they are turned with a knitting needle, skewer or fork to give the cakes their characteristic spherical shape.



In Denmark, æbleskiver are common before Christmas. In December, they are often served with gløgg, Scandinavian mulled wine.

Okay…. So there is a little history on æbleskiver’s but…. I have my own little bit of HISTORY about these savory little morsels! :)  When my sister and I were kids and we had slumber parties at my Grandma’s house – she cooked these amazing little things!!! We never called them æbleskiver’s, it was MUCH, much easier for us to call them DOO DADS!!! That little pan makes 7 Doo Dads at a time!  Grandma would give me 4 and my sis 3, then switch off – I would get 3 and she would get 4!  I think my record of DOOOO DAD consumption at one sitting was 27!!!! LOVE LOVE those little things! …and I LOVE the memories of my Grandma making them and me sharing them with my little sister!

♥ Me and Kris ♥ 1974

 ♥ Kristin and I ♥ 1986

♥ Me and Grandma! ♥ 1986

 ♥ Me and Grandma! ♥ 1990

It's FUNNY how FOOD can bring back FOND memories of your childhood... My Grandma was one of those ladies that LOVED to cook, but MOSTLY she LOVED it when she saw you EAT it ALL up!!! Soooo... I know she probably got a REAL kick out of making DOO DADS! Since we had those things EATEN before the next batch was even started! :)

I am TOTALLY NOT a gourmet COOK – by any means (In fact, my specialty is COSTCO Lasagna! Ha ha!)  But, I get a kick out of making Doo Dads for breakfasts. :)

So… the other day I made them for Madison and her friend Madison who stayed the night… (I think they became more like LUNCH, since the girlies didn’t get up till 10:30ish!!)

I put Jam in a few of them… Mmmm mmm!


 And here they are… DONE and ready to EAT!! I made a double batch – so if there are any left – I will just put them in a little Ziploc and the girls can eat them for breakfast before school! 


I kinda ate mine as I cooked them – I stole one from each little batch! Ha ha!  …and drank some YUMMY coffee with them!  Thanks ABBY for the tip on Fair Trade coffee from Costco – they did have a big selection! COOL to see that and it was COOL that Starbucks is the roaster! ♥



3 comments:

  1. that is the exact bag of coffee we buy. What a special memory with your Grandma:)

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  2. We eat these too and I have the same Ebelskiver pan. Have you tried it with Lemon Curd (I know, sounds yucky, but tastes so good!). Fun reading about your traditions - and seeing your beautiful face throughout your growing up years. =)

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  3. What wonderful memories to remember and share. Thank you so much. The pics from the 80s and 90s are classic...love 'em :-)

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Thank you for your kind words! ♥