3 year old Katherine always wanted to be in the kitchen
Katherine, Brooke, Melissa, Bennet and Bear
Danish Days 2003
This weekend is Danish Days in Solvang. I will take pictures this weekend and upload the tables and tents set-up on Copehagen Drive to make thousands of Aebleskivers and Danish Sausage.
Most people call Aebleskivers Danish Pancake Balls. There are as many recipes as their are Danish Grandmothers. I’ve been tinkering with the recipe for years but would love it if anyone wants to share their families favorite recipe.
My girls learned to make these when they were little. Katherine is 4 years old in the picture above. Every time we drive home to Solvang to visit my parents, Melissa Madeline has to make a trip to Arnie’s Aebleskivers (The Solvang Restaurant) to have some.
Here is my recipe below. There is a video link at the end showing the importance of turning the Aebleskivers 3 to 4 times in order to make them round. Novices will have them turn out more like deflated footballs or flying saucers. A knitting needle or wooden skewer works best for turning them. The video link also has the web site for ordering the pans and mix from The Solvang Restaurant.
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, cooled
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1 cup heavy cream of whole milk
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of ground cinnamon, cardamom or lemon zest optional
Combine the sugar, melted butter and the egg yolks. (Be sure the butter has cooled so the egg yolks don’t cook in the hot butter.) Add the cream and buttermilk to the sugar and butter mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs whites until stiff. (If you are in a big hurry you can skip this step and just combine the whole eggs with the butter and sugar.)
In another separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. (Add cinnamon or cardamom of you wish) Combine all dry ingredients before adding them to wet mixture.
Gently combine the bowls together of the flour mixture with the butter mixture. Then gently fold in the beaten egg whites.
Heat ableskiver pan on stove top. Grease holes with oil. Use a knitting needle or wooden skewer to turn them. It usually takes three turns to make a ball. (you want a ball instead of an oval. The Williams Sonoma catalogs drive me crazy because they have oval aebleskivers. No one taught them the real technique to turning!)
Serve warm with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.
Here is the video link of Carol Peterson, owner of The Solvang Restaurant, demonstrating how to make the aebleskivers round. The secret is to turn them 3 to 4 times, not just flip them over once.