A is for Aebleskivers!

Welcome to the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The alphabet starts with “A” (though I admit to a perverse desire to start with Z and do it backward – maybe next year) and April starts on a Friday, which means today’s entry should contain a book review.

And it does.

Ebelskivers, by Kevin Crafts.

It’s an aebleskiver cookbook (and I lose no points for the variant spelling – the Danish word is “Æbleskiver” and though “ae” is the most common rendering, some people use “e” instead).

For the uninitiated, aebleskivers are a kind of Danish breakfast food. (A Danish pastry, if you will…) The word is pronounced “able-skiv-er” (rhymes with “shiver”) and I’ve heard it described as the love child of a pancake and a fried doughnut, where the pancake had dominant genes.  OK, I’ve heard myself describe it that way, but I think it’s close to the mark.

Aebleskivers are cooked in a special pan, which looks a little like a solid cast-iron frying pan with golf ball-sized divots impressed into the surface. (They weigh close to ten pounds, so if you need a kitchen utensil that doubles as a weapon, this is the pan for you.)

Brunch and Brawl...in one!

(Image from Amazon.com)

After heating the pan, you spoon batter into each of the holes, and you turn the aebleskivers gradually (usually with a knitting needle used only for this purpose) until they become round. The ones shown on the cover of the cookbook (link above) are more flat and oblong than the ones I make, but they’re filled so that might have something to do with it.

I’ve loved aebleskivers all my life. My great-grandmother (who came from Aero, in Denmark) made great ones, both filled and non-filled. Although recipes in the book don’t quite match GranMarie’s, the ones I’ve tried were all good. The book identifies which are authentic and which are twists on the theme, and the instructions seem easy enough for a novice to follow with very good results. I admit I didn’t follow them exactly – I’ve been making these on my own too long and I wasn’t thinking about a review when I tested the recipes out.

If you’re interested in making aebleskivers, and don’t mind investing in the pan, this cookbook is a great place to start. It has lots of good photos, explicit instructions and a selection recipes that includes both traditionally sweet and unusual savory options.

I give the book a “highly recommended” mark – but then I admit to a bias. I never met an aebleskiver I didn’t like.

7 thoughts on “A is for Aebleskivers!

  • April 1, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Oh my friend, me neither. I love them and make them at home. They are so fun. I love the look for your blog.

    A-Z Fellow Challenger

    • April 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

      They are fun, aren’t they? My teenage son loves them too, he’d eat them every day if he could.

      Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by – I’ll head over to see you during the challenge too!

  • April 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m visiting via the A-Z hop. Nice to meet you. I’m #883 on the list. 🙂

    Brunch and brawl in one…HaHa!

    BTW I can’t find your follow button.

    • April 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping by. I don’t actually have a follow button yet, mostly because I’m operating on my own site and on WordPress software and I’m a little ignorant about how to get one (or if I can with WordPress) but I’m looking into it and I’ll let you know!

  • April 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    What is it with you and food?
    Mongolian BBQ, cupcakes, Dim Sum, cupcakes, Thai, cupcakes, and now aebleskivers.
    They sound delicious and if I keep hanging out with you I’m going to get fat.

    (But for a small hourly fee I know someone who can set you up with a “follow” button). 😉

    • April 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Woohoo! I knew something would bring you out in the open! Yay for lurkers in the light.

      Food is awesome. Food is neat. Food is best when you want something to eat….

      I will totally make aebleskivers for you guys some time. In fact, we should have them some Saturday – I’ll bring my pan to your house and teach your kids a thing or two about what “pancake” REALLY means. LOL. Serious offer, btw. The batter mix makes a ton, and it would repay your kids for you always skipping out to Dim Sum on Saturday mornings.

  • April 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I’ve seen this pan and I’ve seen that it makes, but I never knew that’s what it was called. Very interesting.

Comments are closed.