Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Easy Ebleskiver (Ebelskiver, Aebleskiver)


One of my favorite memories of my Danish Great Grandmother is eating dinner at her house. As a kid, I was surprised that she had what looked like doughnut holes on the dinner table. I was delighted that she encouraged me to eat as many as I wanted when my mother tried to put the breaks on my third plus helping.

I later learned that those little powdered sugar delights were not doughnut holes but ebelskiver, pronounced able-skeev-er and spelled three different ways in English – ebleskiver, ebleskiver, aebleskiver.

Danish aebleskiver is a Danish pancake that traditionally has a slice of apple baked in the center. However, being the inventors of smorgasbord (you’re welcome by the way) there are many Danish ebleskiver variations.

I normally don’t go for one trick pony cooking appliances because I have a small kitchen. Everything has to be crazy useful like my breadmaker or double duty like my large toaster oven.

 Babycakes changed all that.

Baby Cakes Cake Pop MakerWhen I got an opportunity to review the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker through Mom Central, my first thought was of ebelskiver that didn’t need the tricky flip maneuver required when using a traditional Ebleskiver pan, not of cake pops.

I didn't have my great grandmother's ebelskiver recipe but Babycakes had my back. They have a Danish pancake recipe on their web site.



Babycakes Danish Ebelskiver Recipe

Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt (I used ¼ teaspoon)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk (I substituted 1 tablespoon of vinegar in ½ cup of milk)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (I didn’t melt my butter. I dabbed butter in each ebelskiver well with a pastry brush. I think that works best.)
  • Powdered sugar
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg, sour cream and buttermilk.  Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Preheat Cake Pop Maker.  Using a pastry brush, brush each well with melted butter.
  4. Fill each well with about 1 tablespoon batter. Babycakes suggests using a pastry bag or a zip lock with the corner cut off. I used a clean coffee scoop. The coffee scoop was easier than rocking the pastry bag.
  1. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until softly set and golden brown on the bottom.  Turn ebelskiver and bake 2 minutes or until golden.

  1. Generously sprinkle with powdered sugar. I dunked my aebelskiver in a bowl of powdered sugar. It was much easier and less messy than sprinkling the powdered sugar as Babycakes suggests.

 Makes about 2 ½ dozen Ebelskiver

Traditionally Danes flip aebleskiver with a knitting needle although now most use bamboo skewers or a fork. The Babycakes Cake Pop Maker comes with its own fork tool, which makes removing the cake pops or ebleskiver from the cake pop maker easy and finger burn free.

If I had read the last part of the Babycakes ebelskiver recipe more closely, I would have flipped them and had a traditional looking plump Danish pancake. Instead, my ebelskiver is flat on the bottom. I thought since you don’t need to flip cake pops mid bake I did not have to flip aebleskiver either. Oopsie. However, my ebleskiver cooked all the way thought and taste just as good as I remember.

The only downside to the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker is it gets hot under the handle when the cake pops are ready. If you use a potholder to open and close the Cake Pop Maker, you’ll be fine.

Would I buy a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker? I would. I want to try making real cake pops. I think they will make me a hero at events where I’m supposed to bake cookies. Although I will most likely use my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker to make aebleskiver, so I can share my Danish heritage with my family and friends.


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Disclosure:  I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. This did not influence this review in any way and all opinions are my own.