Aebleskiver is a delicious Danish treat that my husband introduced to me when we got married. Imagine a cross between a doughnut hole and a pancake.
We love having aebleskiver around Christmas time (as do many Danes) but of course you can enjoy it ANY time of year! Aebleskiver are little Danish snack desserts that are spherical, cooked, dough balls that have a similar consistency to pancakes in the United States. The name “Aebleskiver” directly translated means “apple slices” because traditionally they are cooked with apple slices in the middle.
A True Danish Favorite
This recipe is a TRUE Danish recipe, straight from Denmark. My husband lived in Denmark for a couple years and he fell in love with all the Danish food and rich traditions. He always loved visiting with the Danes and snacking on aebleskiver. When we started dating, he was so excited to make them for me. After I popped the first one, I was hooked. Once we got married, it quickly became one of our own family traditions to make aebleskiver on Christmas Eve and throughout the Christmas season.
What Do You Need To Make Aebleskiver?
You will need a good aebleskiver pan to make these but they really aren’t that hard to find. We found ours on Amazon (click here) for around $20. These make for GREAT gifts, by the way. For easy flipping, you can use a chopstick (the easiest way) or a fork.
The Authentic Danish Way
Traditionally, aebleskiver is served as a dessert. If you really want to be traditional, once you have the batter in the pan, place a little apple slice in the batter before flipping (so you have a hot apple center). Our favorite way of serving them is with jam and powdered sugar, however they taste great with hot syrup or honey butter!
More Traditional Danish Recipes
If you Danish, have Danish heritage, or just want to try out some tasty recipes from Denmark, give some of these other traditional recipes a try!
- Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs)
- Brunede Kartofler (Danish Caramelized Potatoes)
- Ris A La Mande (Danish Rice Pudding)
- Danish Red Cabbage
- Danish Goulash
How To Make Aebleskiver
- Aebleskiver pan
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they can hold a stiff peak. Set aside.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, egg yolks, 4 Tbsp. melted butter and buttermilk and beat until smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites last.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the bottom of each aebleskiver pan cup with melted butter and heat until hot. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of the batter into each cup. As soon as they get bubbly around the edge, flip them over (In Denmark they typically use a knitting needle to flip, but you can use a chopstick or a fork). Continue cooking, turning the ball until is is golden brown all the way around and is cooked through (like a pancake). It might take a couple tries to get the feel for it, but once you do you will be flippin' aebleskiver like it's nobody's business!
- Serve with jam or syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar.