Aebleskiver Danish Pancakes

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Aebleskiver Danish pancakes are delicious mini pastries traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas season. Crisp on the outside, tender in the middle, they’re brushed with melted butter, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with jam.

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🥞 Why We Love This Recipe

  • During cold-weather months, we all want easy comforting recipes. These aebleskiver Danish pancakes feature a light batter made with whipped egg whites. It takes only 5 minutes to assemble the mixture.
  • They’re absolutely delicious. Hot off the stove, the crisp pancake balls are brushed with melted butter, then sprinkled with powdered sugar. We plate them the traditional way, in groups of 3. We top them with our favorite jam.
  • I enjoy serving aebleskivers as breakfast pastries. But in Denmark, they’re a symbol of Christmas hospitality – enjoyed midday with a cup of coffee, or served as a snack or dessert. They’re often sold by street vendors, or at open-air markets.
  • You can fill aebleskivers with a savory filling like crispy air fryer bacon crumbles (or tiny bits of pan-fried ham), cheddar cheese and herbs. Enjoy them with a savory dipping sauce like this homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce, or honey mustard sauce.
  • They can also be filled with something sweet like mini chocolate chips. Serve with jam, honey, lemon curd, salted caramel, melted chocolate or hot fudge.
  • They’re just plain fun to cook and eat! After a brief learning curve, aebleskiver Danish pancakes are easy to turn within the holes of an aebleskiver pan. When you bite into one, it’s pure Christmas joy. You reach for a second.
Danish aebleskiver mini pancakes in a round cast-iron dish next to a jar of raspberry jam.

👩🏻‍🍳 Best Aebleskiver Pan

Aebleskiver pans have a long handle and 7 deep round wells. This is the exact cast-iron aebleskiver pan highly recommended by a Danish vendor at an outdoor market. He was selling Aebleskivers Danish pancakes, and the pan to make them. I bought the pan and love it.

The pan I’ve recommended come with a set of aebleskiver turning tools which are very helpful. But if you don’t have a set of turning tools, use chopsticks, toothpicks, bamboo skewers, long knitting needles, or cake pop sticks for the first turn. For the second rotation use a soup spoon.

Overhead view of brunch table with Aebleskiver mini pancakes, jam, powdered sugar and small plant.

🛒 Ingredients

For Aebleskiver Danish Pancakes

  • Large Eggs: The yolks add richness to the batter. The whites are whipped until stiff peaks form, then folded into the batter to help make the aebleskivers fluffy.
  • Whole Milk: Or you can use buttermilk instead. But do not use low-fat milk or the batter will be too thin.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor of the butter and sugar.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Provides strength and structure for the pancake batter.
  • Baking Powder: Provides leavening for fluffy, airy pancake balls.
  • Kosher Salt: Balances the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Butter: Provides rich delicious moisture, and a delicious buttery flavor for the batter. We also use it to grease the aebleskiver pan to prevent the pancakes from sticking.

For Brushing, Dusting & Serving

  • Butter: For Brushing over the freshly-cooked aebleskivers.
  • Powdered Sugar: For dusting the tops of the Danish pancakes.
  • Raspberry Jam: For topping the aebleskivers. Or try honey, chocolate or caramel.

Recipe Note: Scandinavians prefer Lingonberry Jam. It’s the same traditional condiment that’s served with Swedish meatballs.

Ingredients for Aebleskiver Dutch Pancakes laid out on a white rustic tabletop along with cast-iron Ebelskiver pan and wooden turning tools.

📖 Recipe Steps

Assemble the Batter

RECIPE PREP: Heat oven to 200°F. Melt butter in 2 ramekins. Take out 2 skewers, a soup spoon, a baking tray, and a damp cloth.

  1. In a large batter bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, granulated sugar and salt. (Don’t add baking powder just yet!) Mix well. Add melted butter. Whisk until fully incorporated. Add baking powder. Whisk again, but don’t over-mix.
  3. In another bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer at high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  4. With a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into the batter.

How to achieve fluffy Danish pancakes: Let the batter rest 15 minutes before cooking. This gives the baking power time to react. And the flour will have time to absorb liquid from the mixture and become thicker.

Four overhead images showing how to make Aebleskiver mini pancakes, step by step.

Make Danish Pancakes

RECIPE TIP: Contrary to popular belief, cast-iron does not heat quickly or evenly. If using a cast-iron pan, preheat it in the oven while prepping the batter. Once on stovetop, it’ll cook your mini pancakes more quickly, and the batter is less likely to stick to the pan.

  1. Heat pan on stovetop. In general, for cast-iron pans: low heat. Non-stick pans: medium heat. Brush wells of pan with a generous amount of melted butter.
  2. With a small metal scoop, fill the wells until almost full. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles form on the surface of the raw batter and start popping, the balls rotate easily, and bottoms are golden.
  3. With 2 skewers, flip balls 180°. The raw half should face down, with the cooked half facing up. Gently tuck the ends under. Between rotations, wipe skewers clean on a damp cloth. Cook 3 minutes.
  4. At this point, abandon the skewers and use a soup spoon to rotate the balls. It’s easier to work with. Let Aebleskiver cook until they’re golden on all sides. Remove from pan.

Stovetop Temperature for the pancake balls: I have a gas stovetop with cast-iron grates. My aebleskiver pan is cast-iron as well. I cook my Danish pancakes over a low flame, because if the temp was any higher, they’d scorch.

Four overhead images showing how to make Ebelskiver, step by step.

🧑🏼‍🍳 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST Danish pancakes from scratch, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

How steep is the learning curve for making Danish pancakes?

Practice makes perfect. Start with 1 to 2 test batches of 3 Danish pancakes per batch. After that, you’ll get the hang of the process: how to rotate the balls turning cooking.

How to make Danish pancakes faster?

Rather than separating egg whites and beating until stiff, add whole eggs to the batter. The Aebleskiver will be a little less fluffy, but still really good!

Best way to pour aebleskiver batter into the pan?

Transfer batter to a squeeze bottle. This is especially helpful when making perfectly round mini pancakes, turning them halfway and filling in the gaps with batter.

How to keep aebleskiver turning tools clean while cooking?

Keep a damp cloth nearby. Between uses, wipe them down to remove batter.

How to make perfectly round aebleskivers?

This takes some skill. When rotating a ball, rather than flipping it over 180°, turn it 90° so the seam of the cooked part is vertical to the pan. Quickly fill in the the gap with more batter. Continue the rotation so the cooked half faces up and the raw batter faces down. Tuck in the edges.

What spices for Danish pancakes?

Traditional Scandinavian aebleskivers are spiced with ground cardamom, a 50/50 mix of ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Instead, I often add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter.

Ideas for filling Aebleskiver Danish pancakes?

Jam, chocolate, Nutella, cream cheese, or lemon curd. Fill the wells of the pan halfway. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the filling, then pour batter on top to seal it in.

Best tip for evenly-cooking Danish pancakes?

For evenly-browned pancake balls, fill the wells of the pan in a clockwise direction. Rotate balls in the same order.

How to keep aebleskivers warm?

Transfer mini pancakes to a baking tray. Store them in a warm oven until serving time.

Small cast-iron dish with aebleskiver mini pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and jar of jam.

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Aebelskiver mini pancakes with powdered sugar and raspberry jam in a mini round cast-iron server on a white tabletop.

Aebleskiver Danish Pancakes


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  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 25 Aebleskivers 1x
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Description

Aebleskiver Danish pancakes are delicious mini pastries traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas season. Crisp on the outside, tender in the middle, they’re brushed with melted butter, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with jam.


Ingredients

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For the Pancake Batter

  • 2 large eggs (at room temp), yolks and whites separated
  • 3/4 cup whole milk or buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

For greasing the pan: 2 tablespoons melted butter

For sprinkling: Powdered sugar

For Serving: Raspberry jam, lemon curd, or maple syrup


Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Heat oven to 200°. Melt the butter in 2 ramekins. Take out 2 skewers, a soup spoon, a baking tray, and a clean damp dishcloth. Put them next to the stove.

  1. In a large batter bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Add flour, granulated sugar and salt (don’t add baking powder just yet!). Mix well. Add melted butter. Whisk until fully incorporated. Now add the baking powder. Whisk again, but don’t over-mix.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer at high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into the batter.
  3. Heat aebleskiver pan on stovetop. The level of heat will depend on the pan (cast-iron or non-stick) and your stovetop (electric, gas or induction). In general, for cast-iron pans: low heat. Non-stick pans: medium heat. Brush wells of pan with a generous amount of melted butter.
  4. With a small metal scoop, fill the wells until almost full. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles form on the surface of the raw batter and start popping, the balls rotate easily, and the bottoms are golden.
  5. With 2 skewers, flip balls 180°. The raw half should face down, with the cooked half facing up. Gently tuck the ends under. Between rotations, wipe skewers clean on a damp cloth. Cook 3 minutes.
  6. At this point, abandon the skewers and use a soup spoon to rotate the balls. It’s easier to work with. Let Aebleskiver cook until they’re golden on all sides. Remove from pan.
  7. Brush mini pancakes with melted butter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with jam, lemon curd, Nutella, or warm maple syrup.

Notes

  • Practice makes perfect:There’s a small learning curve for cleanly rotating the balls. If you’re new to making aebleskiver, it’s important to practice first. Start with 1 or 2 test batches of 3 mini pancakes.  
  • How to make pouring the batter into the pan easier: Transfer batter to a squeeze bottle. This is especially helpful when making perfectly round mini pancakes, turning them halfway and filling in the gaps with batter.
  • Turning tools: If you don’t have a set of wooden turning tools, use chopsticks, toothpicks, bamboo skewers, long knitting needles, or cake pop sticks. For the second rotation use a soup spoon.
  • Keep the turning tools clean between uses: While cooking, keep a damp cloth nearby. Between uses, wipe them down to remove the batter.
  • How to make perfectly round pancake balls: This takes some skill. When rotating a ball, rather than flipping it over 180°, turn it 90° so the seam of the cooked part is vertical to the pan. Quickly fill in the the gap with more batter. Continue the rotation so the cooked half faces up and the raw batter faces down. Tuck in the edges. 
  • How to make this recipe faster: Rather than separating egg whites and beating until stiff, add whole eggs to the batter. The Aebleskiver will be a little less fluffy, but still really good!
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Danish
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