Behold, beautiful little globes of æbleskiver loveliness from Denmark. Although these are not actually from Denmark, I made them, and I can’t quite believe it. Of course, I can’t take all the credit. My thanks must go to the most amazing pan I now have in my possession. Bought on a whim at the nostalgic memory of Christmases past in Denmark, and so far worth every blinking penny…
Denmark is slowly nurturing its line in Christmas markets. When we lived there, Tivoli obliged with the wooden huts full of Christmas goodies, and desirable eats. But I can’t recall them being held much further afield, apart from the one at Christiania, and I didn’t make it there at Christmas tide sadly enough…
It seems that it is imperative that the countries I reside in must have some form of obsession with Christmas though, and gone are any thoughts that the UK shops bring out their festive goods a little too early – there are other countries as equally guilty if not a little more so, believe me!
I know that one day I will look back on these years fondly, and will definitely carry certain things from country to country to country… And here’s one such example! In Denmark they are enjoyed hot, covered in icing sugar and with a generous helping of jam. And, whether they are served outside by vendors trading in arctic conditions, or served as dessert inside warm hyggeligt restaurants alike, they taste equally good!
This recipe is slightly adapted from a book I use a lot, and actually love more than my new pan… It is worth owning for the gorgeous gorgeous pictures alone – Trine Hahnemann’s Scandinavian Cookbook – a true Scandinavian Cooking bible.
Æbleskiver (serves 5-6)
20g Fresh Yeast (or dried equivalent);
400ml Lukewarm Milk;
225g Plain Flour;
1tsp Fine Salt;
3/4 tsp Ground cardamom
1 Vanilla Pod;
1tbsp Caster Sugar;
2 separated eggs;
- Dissolve the yeast into the lukewarm milk and leave to stand whilst you sift the flour into a bowl. Add the cardamom, salt and sugar together with the scraped out seeds of the vanilla pod.
- Thoroughly whisk the Egg Yolks into the milk and yeast mixture, and then slowly add to the dry ingredients. Bring together to form a batter.
- In a food mixer, whisk the egg whites until stiff, and gently fold into the batter, and leave the bowl covered with a damp clean tea towel somewhere warmish for around 40 minutes.
- Heat your amazing æbleskiver pan, and add dots of butter to each hollow, then fill each hollow not quite to the top with batter. After around 3-4 minutes, the sides should appear cooked, and this is where a fondue fork, or knitting needle comes in (it’s traditionally a knitting needle in DK!), Hook the æbleskiver and flip it over to cook for further 3-4 minutes (this first batch might be a bit trial and error whilst you experiment with how much batter you need to add, and the perfect heat etc. but consider these first few cooks tasting privileges!
- Serve hot straight from the pan, covered in icing sugar and a generous spoonful of jam…
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins says
These look delicious! #52CookBooks
Thanks Kirsty! We made another load at the weekend that lasted all of five minutes! :)
oh my, these look amazing! I have that book too! I wonder if they would work in my cake pop maker…might be worth a try!
Do you know, I think they might if it’s a metal one? Don’t close the lid though, and use LOADS of butter! :D
hi lovely and Happy New Year! Your recipe won the #FridayFoodie so do please get in touch and send me the best email address to use for the Amazon voucher. Argh if not ok on the UK Amazon just direct me to the right one. xxx
That’s brilliant! Thanks so much Otilia! :) xx
jenny paulin says
ooooh i bet these are lovely and plum, soft and melt in the mouth and spicy! and comforting mmmm i would love to try one x
They are perfect teatime treats, worth all the extra hassle to make them! Thank you xx
Helen The good life mum says
Oh wow these sound and look totally amazing i think i may try these out as i love to bake and i want to try something with cardomon
The Saint Lucia Buns have lots of cardamom in too, it’s a lovely spice! :) Thank you xx
Mary Keynko says
they look soooo yummy! Thank you for adding it to 52 cook book!
No problem Mary! :) That has to be one of my favourite cook books ever! :)
i’m not actually sure what these are – doughnuts, cakes? anyhow, I WANT ONE!!!!
They do kind of look like doughnuts but they are far more pancake like, with a hint of cardamom! :)
They look great, can I have some :-)?xx Linking in from #Friday Foodie, well done and well deserved for getting picked last week!
Thank you Oana! I had no idea! :)
Emily @amummytoo says
These look seriously delicious and not something I’d heard of before. They look kinda like baked donut holes? Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned, Tweeted and Stumbled this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. Hope you join in :D x
They do look like that, but they don’t taste all that donutty! :D Thanks Emily, will be over shortly! :) x
older mum in a muddle says
Oh yummy! And I love the look of that pan. Any excuse for sweet stuff at the moment. X
I always get like that when the weather’s colder! Thank you! :) x
Jenny @ The Brick Castle says
These are gorgeous – I love the Danish batter desserts like these :)
Thanks Jenny! Good aren’t they? :D
Oh wow, these look so delicious! I wonder if you can buy those pans in the UK…
I got mine online ;) Thank you! :)
Good plan. This is the 21st century after all!!!
Haha… thank you! I hope you don’t think I was being facetious with the “wink”, it was intended to kind of tell you which huuuuge online retailer it might have come from! :D
Not at all, it’s a good plan!
and it’s a good pan! :D Thank you! :)
These look amazing, will have to try making them. Yum
You must, you must! Thank you Alison! :)
Kat/An English Mamma in Stockholm says
Oh, I miss Copenhagen at Christmas time, and æbleskiver more than anything. They just don’t have them here in Stockholm and they really should. Mmmm, my mouth is watering looking at that photo. [Heads off to buy an æbleskiver pan…]
And that is how I bought one Kat! :D Thank you! Hope all is well! :)
These look delicious – if you could send one over I’m starving now ;0)
No probs Kara! Thank you! :)
Sammie Hodges says
These look amazing! I so need one of these pans!
I think everyone should have one! Thanks Sammie! :)
That looks amazing – thanks so much for sharing x
Thank you Cass! :)
A Patchwork Life says
Pan sounds like a great investment – they look divine!
Another year’s gone by and still haven’t made it to Denmark *sigh*
Borgen’s back on telly here so I’m thinking about it again…maybe in 2014? In the meantime will have to look out for that wonderful Cookbook :)
If you don’t get the pan, you must must must put the book on your Christmas list, it’s just brilliant! Thank you! :) xx
The Egyptian Mummy says
These look delicious! Bookmarking this now :)
Thanks so much! :)
Am putting the kettle on. Pass one of those little balls of gorgeousness over here, would you?
*passes one over* Thanks Trish! :) xx
MMMmmm … my mother in law used to make these…
We actually lived in Denmark when I was a baby – and I still celebrate a very Danish Christmas because of it – red hearts and straw goats and stars – but this wasn’t something my mother brought back (though she did tell me about them.) But my mother in law had married a Danish American – and *had* to learn to make these! LOL
I periodically try to figure out how to make them without the right pan… or else, what else I can make in one to justify the space!
You must must must get the Pan Anne! I promise, you won’t regret it! Thanks for your lovely comment! We too have all the red stars, straw goat and candles all over the place! Goodness knows what we will take with us from here one day! :D
ooo, i have never heard of these but they look amazing!!!!! I love baking and always on the look out for new recipes. Thanks for sharing :) x
Thanks for commenting Keri! :)
OH MY GOD! FEED ME WOMAN!
If I throw really hard enough…. :D
omg they look amazing! x
Thanks Fritha! :D x
Laura @ Kneadwhine says
Wow – these look delicious!
I’ve got Hahneman’s Christmas cookbook and sharing a recipe from there this week. :)
Thanks Laura… I have yet to try any of her recipes that I don’t like! :D
Actually Mummy... says
They look delicious. I always think special pans are a gimmick that will just take up space in my kitchen, but actually for something special it’s probably well worth it. I’m considering buying a croquembouche mold for Christmas this year!
Oooh you must…. I do love a croquembouche! Wanted one for our wedding cake, but they told us it would melt in the heat! :/ Thank you! :) x
I NEED them. Please post :)
Will save some next time I make some! :D
Oh these look lovely!! Will have to try them one day.
Thank you, they are worth the effort! :)
Yummy. They look delicious
Thank you Louisa! :)
Boo Roo and Tigger Too says
I have never heard of these before but soooo want to try one!
I will get the pan out… :D Thank you!
These look amazing!!!!
I will save you a few next time I make them Leslie! :) Thank you!
these look lovely. i could just reach and grab one the pictures are so good!
Thanks so much Otilia! :)
might need one of those pans myself!
Best thing I have bought recently! :D Thank you! :)
mellissa williams says
These look delicious – I just came back from Prague Christmas Markets and the food looked yummy there too
Thank you Mellissa! I bet, they have lots of gorgeous stuff! :)