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A Recipe for Aebleskiver, a Breakfast Favorite

Updated on July 14, 2012
Aebleskiver in the pan
Aebleskiver in the pan

Aebleskivers, a very yummy breakfast treat!

The Aebleskive is from the Danish culture, and I learned about them when I was very young. To put it simply, they are like a pancake, but in a spherical shape. They are a cross between popovers, which I love, and pancakes. They are served with powdered sugar, syrup, or jam or preserves usually, but can be served in many ways. I always liked having syrup or jam with mine.  They have become a breakfast favorite in places like Solvang, in the United States, even if they are not technically a "Danish breakfast favorite." 

Just the idea of alone of aebleskiver takes me way back to when I was a little girl, going on trips with my family. We would go to a little place called Solvang, in California. They had many good pastries and danishes in that little town. We would go hiking, enjoy nature, the culture, restaurants and swimming, etc.

My grandmother purchased an aebleskiver pan to make her own aebleskivers. That has been passed on to me since she has been gone, which I am very thankful for. It is super heavy cast iron pan, but they make great aebleskiver!

The alternate way to spell it, is ebleskiver, or ebleskive in the singular.

Here is the cast iron Aebleskiver pan
Here is the cast iron Aebleskiver pan

Cooking Aebleskiver

The pan even looks really neat, and makes perfect aebleskiver in their round spherical shapes if done well. They bake in the oven, in the heavy cast iron pan, which allows for great results. There are gas and electric versions for cooking aebleskiver, but I have not ever had any cooked that way so cannot speak on those. I am sure they turn out alright though, and are somewhat easier.

Traditionally, they were cooked with apples or applesauce, thus their name, but you won't find it prepared that way very often anymore. I happen to love apples in baked goods, and think its very tasty. As far as ingredients you will see they are not that different from other breakfast breads, though you can spice them up a bit. I think the fun with these, is their shape, and the technique which turns out a beautifully done aebleskiver. On top of the regular types of ingredients and eggs, you will find lemon zest, cinnamon and cardamom. Some add yeast to get a better aeration in the batter.

One unique thing to know, is that it is handy to have a knitting needle to turn these tasty little spheres in their pans. You can also use a skewer or fork, but I think its so cool to use a knitting needle. One lady has said, she has much better results since she started using her knitting needle instead of trying to turn them with other things.  A very neat technique for sure. 

While on its own, aebleskiver aren't very sweet, you can definitely add you own "sweet".  Since many take out the apples and applesauce, you can imagine that what was originally sweeter, will now be less sweet.  Why not add small apple chunks?  Some of the best jams or preserves you can eat with aebleskiver are strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and lingonberry, on top of the powdered sugar of course. They would be great though, with apricot, and blueberry preserves as well, or any of your favorite jams.

If you do buy the fried and frozen aebleskiver in the market, just know they may not be as good as cooked fresh, like other things. Its great to get an idea of what they are about though, and would be better to have them that way, than not at all

Aebleskiver Recipe

I will also give a link to many other recipes. Many places sell the aebleskiver mix. 


Two egg whites

Two cups of buttermilk

Two cups all purpose flour

Two teaspoons baking powder

One tablespoon sugar of choice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of melted butter

Directions: Mix the dry ingredients together, then stir the buttermilk in. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, and gently fold them into the batter. Then add your melted butter.

When your pan is hot you can add a little bit of cooking oil to each hole. A good temperature may be around 390 degrees. Let the oil get somewhat hot, and pour in a couple of tablespoons of the batter. You will want to turn them periodically with either knitting needles or skewers or some other tool. Keep baking until they are baked all the way through.

I love them with a little butter, powdered sugar, and blackberry jam on top.

some with powdered sugar
some with powdered sugar

Other variations for your aebleskiver

For the more traditional way of serving, add some diced apples, or even dried apples to the mix.

For a completely different kind of tase, add pieces of crumbled bacon or sausage, and a little of your favorite cheese.

Strawberries, and whipped cream is another idea.

Honey, or cinnamon sugar would be good

My favorite was the way I always had it with powdered sugar and jam. 

Video showing how to make aebleskiver with a mix

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    • oceansnsunsets profile image

      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for your comment, and so glad to remind you of aebleskivers.

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      I had forgotten about these. Heard about them many times but never tried them.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Brett, they are wonderful, you will have to try them sometime! Yes, the pans for aebleskiver are so strange to see, especially the first time. They do work perfectly though, and its a great invention. :) Glad you stopped by and left a comment. Thank you for the comment and vote also.

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      Brett Winn 6 years ago from US

      This sounds wonderful! I have never heard of aebleskiver before, but have seen such a pan and wondered what on earth it was for! Thanks for the introduction to a new breakfast food! Voted up!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Martin, thanks so much for your comment. :) While people I know now enjoy it for breakfast, throughout the year, you are also correct and I appreciate your addition here.

      The idea of having them with glogg, sounds wonderful as well. I love the idea of coming in from the cold, and having that around the Christmas Tree. Sounds lovely. Glad you stopped by and left a comment.

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      Martin 6 years ago

      Breakfast favorite the header says. I will have to add, that even if it might be so, it is actually a danish Christmas tradition. Usually they come served with glögg (mulled wine), and are a fabulous snack, when coming in from the cold with the christmas tree :-)

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks, Random! Appreciate the comment :) I love apples and having them in an aebelskiver whether inside or as an apple jelly or jam are all great ideas.

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      Random 7 years ago

      Hey, i just want to say that æbelskiver is also good if you put an apple slice in it.. that is the reason its called æbelskiver..

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Phoenix, they are very good, and you should try them sometime!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Never had it but sounds delicious!