Wednesday, December 16, 2009


What are they? They are like a waffle or pancake formed like a tennis ball in a special ableskeiver cast iron pan. In Denmark, æbleskiver are common before Christmas. In December, they are often served with gløgg, Scandinavian mulled wine. For our family they are a fun way for us to remember our heritage at breakfast time. When we were young kids we would have wars in the backyard with the leftover ableskeivers. As-well as a tasty treat to eat they make for a great object to throw at siblings. My little family has made it a tradition to have them for Christmas brunch along with hotcocoa, fresh orange juice, and our favorite quiches. Our favorite things to smother them in are hot syrup, powdered sugar, and homemade blackberry jam.

This recipe was obtained from my great-great-grandmother on my Mom's side and was passed down from our ancestors in Denmark.

So from my family to yours
God jul "Good Yule"

3 eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups buttermilk

In small mixing bowl beat egg whites to soft peak and set aside. In separate mixing bowl beat yolks slightly then add dry ingredients and milk. Fold in beaten egg whites. Fry in buttered ableskeiver pan.

If you would like to make these yourself you can purchase an Ableskeiver pan at just about any specialty kitchen store, or I know Williams-Sonoma sells them and has recipes and how-to videos on their website. These little pans make for the perfect unique Christmas gift too.


  1. My husband's family has cooked these up each Christmas morning for the past three decades. We have never come across anyone who celebrates their Danish heritage in this way as well. I found my pan on amazon years ago for 17 bucks!

  2. Love your blog! ... we love to make ebleskivers using the W&S pan - I fill ours with brown sugar and butter mix with chopped pecans, yum!