Æbleskiver or pancake puffs are a Danish Christmas tradition. They are baked on a special type of pan which are usually made of cast iron. I have been planning to buy me one of those pans for a really long time, and the other day I was at the Red Cross store and saw that they had a few for sale. So for 35 danish kroner I got one.
The name literally means apple slices in danish and traditionally they were fried with apple slices inside, which is done rarely today. I however seem to like that version very much, when you go to the Tivoli in Copenhagen you can get the traditional once, and when I made them I tried it with apple slices and apple butter inside. You could also take even further and put a piece of chocolate inside when you fry them …
The best way to enjoy those Christmas treats is with powdered sugar and jam … and not to forget gløgg (mulled wine), which is just a perfect combination and to me is just Christmas.
- 5 dl Flour
- 1 Vanilla Pod
- 2 tsp ground Cardamom
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Organic Orange
- 3 Eggs
- 4 dl Buttermilk
- 3 tbsp Sunflower Oil
- Butter for frying
- In a bowl mix together the flour and the sugar. Add the cardamom, baking soda, salt and zest from the orange. Cut the vanilla pod up and scrape the beans out and add to a teaspoon of sugar, mix it well and add the the dry ingredients.
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites and put in a bowl. To that add the juice from the orange, buttermilk and sunflower oil. Mix well together and then pour it in the dry ingredients and mix well. Let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Beat the egg whites until they are completely stiff (should be able to turn the bowl upside down).
- Slowly fold the egg whites to the batter and mix well together. Pour in a can or a squeeze bottle.
- Heat the pan and add a little butter to each hole. Fill the with dough. Turn the pancake puffs a half when they start to stiffen and raise their edges. Use a fork or a pinch. When they have turned halfway, a hole in the pancake puffs gives you space to spray a little more dough into the puffs before turning it all around. In this way you get the finest round and full pancake puffs.
- Serve them warm with powdered sugar and jam.