Aebleskiver (Danish Pancake Balls)

Aebleskiver (Danish Pancake Balls)

A recipe for Aebleskiver, Danish Pancake Balls - a favorite pastry in both Denmark and in Danish-American communities.
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  • Serves: 28 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a medium-size pan, lightly sauté apple pieces in 2 tablespoons of butter until softened but still firm. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Step 3

    Separate the egg whites from yolks and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Step 4

    In a different bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until creamy. Set aside.
  5. Step 5

    In a medium-size bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  6. Step 6

    Gradually stir in half-cups of flour at a time, alternating with half-cups of buttermilk, into the egg mixture. Mix well until all buttermilk and flour are combined into the eggs.
  7. Step 7

    Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter.
  8. Step 8

    Heat up aebleskiver pan over high heat. Once very hot, reduce the heat to medium.
  9. Step 9

    Place 1/8 teaspoon of butter into each well to grease, using a pastry brush to coat the round surface entirely.
  10. Step 10

    Spoon about 1 teaspoon of batter into each well, filling half-way, and place an apple chunk on the batter. Immediately spoon enough additional batter over the apples to cover and fill well to the top.
  11. Step 11

    Allow the pancake to cook until the sides begin to brown and pull away from the sides of the wells.
  12. Step 12

    Lightly run a knife or, in the traditional fashion, a knitting needle around the edge of each ball to loosen and then flip over to cook through for about 2 minutes.
  13. Step 13

    Remove the aebleskiver to a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if using, to serve.
  14. Step 14