We moved from Minnesota to Idaho. On our way out of town—not knowing what we would find in Idaho—we stopped at a Krispie Kreme donut store to stock up. I would like to say that it was the kids that needed the donuts in order to cross the Dakotas but the adults were driving the car. Since then, our kids have grown up and our tastes have changed. Sure, we occasionally make donuts but we make aebleskivers more often.
Aebleskiver are Danish puff pastries. They’re as versatile as donuts; they can be as sweet as donuts but you make them on the stovetop rather than deep frying them or baking them as you do donuts.
It takes a special pan, an aebleskiver pan to make these puffed pastries. An aebleskiver pan is a heavy pan, usually cast iron, with a set of rounded cavities larger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball. The pan is heated on the stovetop and each cavity is filled with batter. They cook as pancakes do but when they cook on one side, instead of flipping them with spatula as you would pancakes, you poke them with a skewer and roll them onto the other side. (My neighbor uses a hairpin.) It’s simple but it’s easier to show than to explain. Catch the link below to the video.
They are nearly always filled. Traditionally, they were filled with applesauce or sliced, sautéed apples. They are often filled with jam. We most often fill them with pastry filling and sometimes chocolate. One of our favorites is chocolate aebleskiver filled with chocolate plus cherry jam. But you can fill them with anything, even savory fillings. We make corn aebleskivers—like cornbread—with cheese in the center.
There are two basic ways to fill them:
You can make your batter from scratch but most folks use either a pancake mix or an aebleskiver mix. If you use a pancake mix, add a little extra sugar to sweeten the batter and whip one or two egg whites as if you were making meringue and fold them into the finished batter. The egg whites will make the aebleskiver lighter and crispier.
With aebleskiver mixes, you won’t need to add the whipped egg whites. We produce and sell three different aebleskiver mixes: Classic aebleskiver, chocolate aebleskiver, and jalapeño corn aebleskiver mixes. Don’t overlook the jalapeño corn aebleskiver.
These are more of our favorite aebleskivers:
We thought we knew aebleskiver—till we bought this book by Kevin Crafts. He's taken aebleskiver to a whole new level with recipes like pumpkin pie aebleskivers, strawberry shortcake aebleskivers, and molten chocolate lava aebleskivers.