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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. 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 sautéed 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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Using 2 wooden skewers or toothpicks, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more.
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.
*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:
- Make the ebleskivers as a special breakfast treat the morning of your significant other or children’s birthday
- Invite a few friends and neighbors over for a brunch potluck. You make the ebleskivers, they bring the rest!