Ebleskivers-apple and chocolate filled pancakes

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Ebleskivers, apple and chocolate filled pancakes. Perfect for a special breakfast or brunch

We are coming to the end of our spring break this weekend, so I thought I would go all out and make a special breakfast for my family. I have been wanting to dust off my ebleskiver pan for quite some time now, and this was the perfect occasion! What is an Ebleskiver you ask? My kids call them pancake puffs. They are a traditional Danish pancake in a distinctive shape of a sphere.ย Ebleskivers are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. They can be filled with anything from chocolate and apples to cinnamon and pumpkin! I chose to fill them with chocolate chips for the kiddos and sautรฉed spiced apples for my husband and I. It has been quite a while since I have made these, but I remember them being absolutely scrumptious. My memory served me right, because when I bit into an apple filled ebleskiver, I closed my eyes and went to heaven for a short second! YUM!!!! They are a little but more work than traditional pancakes, but I promise you, they are so very worth it!!

Ebleskivers, apple and chocolate filled pancakes. Perfect for a special breakfast or brunch



Ebleskivers, apple and chocolate filled pancakes. Perfect for a special breakfast or brunch


You will need an ebleskiver pan to make these. Before I had my kids almost 9 years ago, I had the pleasure of working in a lovely kitchen goods store. I purchased this Nordic
Ware Ebleskiver Pan right before I had to quit working when I found out I was expecting triplets. I just knew that someday I had to make these for my trio! I am so glad I made that purchase back then, because my family loves ebleskivers!!! I love the non-stick coating on this pan! The pancakes are easy to turn and the pan is a cinch to clean.

Ebleskiver Pan

Ebleskivers, apple and chocolate filled pancakes. Perfect for a special breakfast or brunch

Ebleskiver Recipe


For the apple filling:
1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large apple, peeled and chopped into 1/4 in cubes
a pinch of ground ginger
a pinch of ground cloves
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

For the chocolate filling:
mini chocolate chips

For the batter:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 egg yolks
1 1/3 cups buttermilk (see tip below in “Baking Tips”)
1/2 cup sour cream
5 egg whites
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbs. confectioners sugar


1. To make the filling, in a fry pan over medium heat, cook the butter, brown sugar, apples, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon juice, stirring frequently, for about 10minutes or until apples are just tender. Drain off any liquid. Set aside.

2. To make the filled-pancake batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, granulated sugar and salt.

3. In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the buttermilk and sour cream. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy. Set aside.

4. Beat the egg whites on high speed using a hand mixer or a stand mixer until stiff but do not let dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a spatula, gently fold in the whites into the batter in two additions. The batter will be very light and fluffy.

ebleskiver batter

5. Brush the wells of a filled-pancake pan with melted butter. Heat over medium heat until the butter bubbles. Pour 1 Tbs. batter into each well and cook for 2 minutes. Spoon 1/2 tsp. apple filling or chocolate chips into the center of each pancake and top with 1 Tbs. batter.

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Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes more. You will start to see the tops of the batter form bubbles. They are now ready to flip!

ebleskiver batter

Using 2 wooden skewers or toothpicks, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more.

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Flipping ebleskivers

Transfer the pancakes to a plate and dust with confectioners sugar. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve with whipped cream and syrup if desired. Makes about 30.

Recipe Source: Inspired by Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

Baking Tips:

*I did not have any buttermilk the morning I decided to make the ebleskivers. So, I made my own!

Add 4 1/2 tsp. of vinegar or fresh lemon juice to a glass measuring cup. Fill the cup with milk until it reaches 1 C. Let sit for 10 minutes. You now have buttermilk!!!

*The ebleskivers are best eaten right away. I have not tried to freeze them after making them because we never have enough left! However, I do think they would freeze well.

Bake and Share Ideas:

  1. Make the ebleskivers as a special breakfast treat the morning of your significant other or children’s birthday
  2. Invite a few friends and neighbors over for a brunch potluck. You make the ebleskivers, they bring the rest!

47 thoughts on “Ebleskivers-apple and chocolate filled pancakes

  1. Oh my gosh, these look so fun to make! I can only imagine how your trio loves these…. looks like this is what I’m going to be purchasing! Love how you used apples in the filling!

  2. These look so good. We really, really love pancakes at our house – and “pancake puffs.” I make mine in a sandwich maker, but I’ve never really filled them with anything. I might just have to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. These look absolutely scrumptious. Making me drool on the keyboards in fact. Shhh don’t tell anyone. I love treats like this. I have been trying to step away from the sugar but it’s so hard when I see amazing desserts like this. Thanks for sharing on #ShareWithMe have a lovely weekend ahead.

  4. These look lovely and super tasty. As a kid I had to have poffertjes everytime my parents would take me to a fair. These look just like the poffertjes from my childhood. Will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh my, I am heading out to find me one of those pans. To wake up to these – breakfast couldn’t taste any better. I’m thinking of so many things I could fill them with. Thanks for sharing these yummies.

  6. And here I had no idea I’d need an ebleskiver pan until right now. These look fun, delicious and like something I have to have! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the You Link It, We Make It party this week!

  7. Yum!! Kim these look awesome, and naturally, the chocolate ones are calling my name! Pinning for later ๐Ÿ™‚ #HomeMattersParty

  8. This sounds interesting! I always use store bought pancake powder to make pancakes as we don’t get eggs.There is a dish called Paniyaram in Indian cooking for which we use this kind of a pan but now I am thinking to make these “Pan cake puffs” in that pan. Will try your recipe next time.

    1. That is so interesting! Do you use a similar recipe and eat them plain? I have always seen them filled in America. I have used pumpkin, cinnamon paste, and blueberries along with the apples and chocolate to fill them. The apple are my favorite!! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. These look awesome! I have a cake pop pan I wonder if I can make these in that pan? Looks similar size. Pinned! #HomeMattersParty

  10. I love these! On my to make list. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.

  11. Hi Kim! Kim here from Knock-it-off Kim. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve featured your ebleskivers tomorrow morning on You LInk It, We Make It! Thanks so much for such a fun recipe! Happy Wednesday!

  12. yummy! I was wondering if I can use my Babycakes Cake pop maker..though the shape will be entirely different. Thank you so much for sharing this over at #bloggerspotlight link and Pin-it Party. I do appreciate it and hope to see you again! Pinned!

  13. These look incredibly delicious! I always wondered how they were made and had know idea there was a special pan. Thanks for the tip about the two skewers. What a great idea for easy flipping! Thanks for sharing!

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