World Cup Recipes – Danish Aebleskiver on the BBQ (Pancake Soccer Balls)
This is the second in a series of recipes that i am presenting celebrating the 2010 World Cup
The first was my very much requested http://oshawaogre.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/world-cup-recipes-german-pancakes-aka-dutch-babies-with-sweet-apple-filling/
This time around let’s have Breakfast in Denmark shall we?
These are Aebleskiver (please note it is the same single or plural, you do not add an s on the end)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Æbleskiver Danish meaning apple slices (singular: æbleskive)) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to North American Pancakes crossed with a popover, Æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. The English spelling is usually aebleskiver or ebleskiver.
In the United States, a version of æbleskiver is sold with a commercially repackaged pan, branded as “Pancake Puffs”.
These are very easy to make and normally I make these on my stove top but today I decided to give it a go on my Gas BBQ
Before you attempt to make these you need an aebleskiver pan I bought mine off the auction site eBay but they can also be found in a European delicatessen and cake shops.
If you have trouble finding one here they are on eBay This is what my pan looks like. You may also be able to get away with an egg poaching pan, you will notice that the cavities have rounded bottoms, you do not want a flat bottom as the balls will not turn out as round. Also mine is made of Cast Iron which is the best for retaining even heat. A well seasoned pan will not have many sticking issues.
Now for the recipe……
Here is a recipe for Aebleskiver.
Makes about 7 batches of 7 Aeblekiver
2 eggs (separated)
2 cups buttermilk
(if you do not have Buttermilk you can put 2 Tbs of lemon juice or vinegar into a 2 cup measure and fill with milk of any kind … I used 1% and let sit 5 minutes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp melted butter
While making today’s recipe I had a few technical issues.
First off my camera cards memory was filled so I had to stop in order to transfer on to my computer and then empty the card.
After that I started taking pictures again and the battery died on me so another delay while I recharged the battery a little, I have ordered a spare battery from eBay but it has yet to arrive in the mail.
Lets make Aebleskiver
Separate the eggs.
Mix egg yolks and all the other ingredients together
at one time and beat until smooth.
Beat the whites stiff and fold in last.
Allow batter to set for 20 minutes
to let baking powder work.
Now that the batter is made, lets start the grill.
All BBQ’s will be different but in my case I lit the burner on the left side on high and sat the pan directly above the heat, and closed the lid to let the Cast Iron pan get up to temperature.
Of course as I mentioned before, you do not have to do this on a BBQ, I do it more often on a stove top.
You want to be able to drop a few drops of water into the pan and see them dance.
I then use a small glass with some oil in it and a basting brush, just before putting in the batter give the entire surface of the pan a coating of oil, this will help to prevent sticking.
I used a gravy ladle to pour the batter into each of the compartments.
these will not take very long to be ready to turn, so stay by the grill.
As with regular pancakes you should see a couple of bubbles rise to the top, and then they may be able to be turned.
I use a wooden skewer to turn the Aebleskiver, Use the skewer to gently go around the outside of the batter to loosen from the pan, and then poke the side and lift and turn 1/3, this will pour the uncooked batter back into the hole The part that was at the bottom should be getting golden brown.
And then by the time you have turned them all you may be able turn another 1.3 turn.
Once you have turned it 3 times you can continue to spin them in the hole to get a consistent browning.
Then you can take them out and put into a warming bowl or directly on to a plate, you can then serve with icing sugar and or Maple Syrup, and then start a new batch of 7 more.
As you can see in a couple of these pics you can pour 1/2 of the whole with batter and then add some jam to each hole (I used Raspberry today) and then cover with more batter.
Cooking them in the same manner as before.
More technical difficulties as while on the last couple of batches it started to rain so I finished them off on my stove in the kitchen.
As you can see you have lots of possibilities to garnish them, with sliced strawberries or jam or syrup, all is good!
The original Aebleskiver recipe called for small pieces of apple being in the centers.