janet @ the taste space

Danish Blueberry-Filled Pancakes (Ebelskivers)

In Breakfasts, Desserts on January 28, 2011 at 6:29 AM

When I visited Japan two years ago, I swooned after I ate my first takoyaki. I describe them as octopus balls: a piece of octopus is coated in a savoury batter and cooked. Smothered with a Japanese barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and sprinkled with bonito flakes – it is nothing I ever thought would taste so good. When I visit restos, I prefer to order things I can’t make at home, so my go-to dish at Guu and Kenzo’s is takoyaki.

Once I came back to Canada, I wished I could recreate it at home, but you need a special pan with round grooves to make the round balls. The restos were the only way to get my takoyaki-fix. Until now! One of my Christmas gifts this year was a takoyaki/aebleskiver pan!  Not soon after Christmas, I whipped the pan out for its inaugural use. Not for takoyaki, though. I had no octopus, you see.

Instead, I made Danish stuffed pancakes, also known as ebelskiver, ebleskiver, aebleskiver, or æbleskiver. These are light, fluffy, round, buttermilk-based pancakes stuffed with your favourite filling. My tip is not to overstuff the pancakes because leaking quickly leads to a dirty pan that is hard to clean!

I adapted Williams-Sonoma’s recipe to experiment with different fillings. We started with blueberries, which were probably my favourite filling. Frozen blueberries can be used but are best when they have thawed. Otherwise, they change the temperature of the batter and it doesn’t cook as well.

Next, we tried mulberry jam as a filling. It was delicious, too, although much sweeter. The only trick is to make sure it doesn’t leak while flipping because it is a bugger to get the jam off the pan.

Lastly, I pulled out the big guns: Nutella. Oh yeah, melted nutella inside light, fluffy pancakes, topped with a shimmer of icing sugar and cinnamon: heavenly decadence.

For the ebleskiver, I employed the two-flip method, but for more round ebelskivers, you can do it in three or four turns. I was so eager to use my pan, I didn’t research how to make proper ebleskiver. I’ll try it next time. 🙂

This is my submission to this month’s My Kitchen, My World, featuring dishes from Denmark and to this month’s Breakfast Club for Sweet Treats. Also props to Rob, for the action shots since I can’t cook and photograph at the same time.

Danish Blueberry-Filled Pancakes (Ebelskiver)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 pint fresh blueberries (frozen is ok but subpar because it reduces the batter temperature) – can use other fillings, Nutella, jam etc.
Confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon for dusting
Maple syrup for serving

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, granulated sugar and salt.

2. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the egg yolks and buttermilk. Whisk the yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy.

3. In another bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions.

4. Using a brush, coat butter in each well of a filled-pancake pan. Place over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble. Pour 1 tbsp batter into each well and cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Put 5 or 6 blueberries in the center of each pancake and top with 1 tbsp batter. Using 2 wooden skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and blueberries.

5. Dust the pancakes with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon and serve warm with maple syrup.

Makes about 40.

  1. this looks great…I’m sure they taste good too 🙂

  2. So when do we get to make the oat æbelskivers? Do you need a photographer again? 😉

  3. we make somethg similar with rice flour — this looks yummm too,

    • Hey Priya, I’d love to see your recipe (if you have one) for that since I have some rice flour that I don’t know what to do with! 🙂

  4. Look yummy enough to eat.

  5. Pancakes looks damn yummy, we do similar with various ingredietns..

  6. The director of our MD/PhD program is Danish and every year at our Christmas party, his wife makes ebelskivers. And they are awesome. In every way. Although they’re not stuffed with blueberry. I think I’d prefer the blueberry. These sound delicious!

    • Wow – I am so envious! I wonder what the trick is to feed a lot of people eblskivers? Lots of patience or something else? 🙂

  7. They look so delicious! I love blueberries (I also love takoyaki! ;-))

  8. wow, they look so mouth watering.

  9. Love your entry for MKMW! They look beautiful and delicious. That pan is going on my birthday/Christmas list. I saw these when I was cruising around the sites for Danish food and was immediately intrigued, but I didn’t have a pan. Now that I have seen yours and your great process photos and action shots, I am even more determined to get a pan and have at it. Thanks for all the tips!

  10. Fuuuuuuuuuun!! I’ve wanted one of these pans for a while. I’ve never had ebelskiver but they seem like such yummy treat. Yours turned out beautifully!

  11. […] trial for this cooking experiment. We made the batter and cooked them 3 different ways: a) in my aebleskiver pan; b) in a non-stick skillet; and c) baked on a silpat. The hardest part was keeping the pakoras […]

  12. […] The verdict? According to me and Rob: Better than Nutella. Silky smooth, with a lovely cocoa flavour with a touch of sweetness. I found this a bit too sweet for my liking but Rob thought it was perfect, or possibly under sweetened. My Dad said it was ok. Perhaps it wasn’t sweet enough, but he wouldn’t elaborate. (For the record, while Rob and my Mom thought the banana naan were wonderful, my Dad thought they should have been more fluffy, despite acknowledging they were already more fluffy than the store-bought naan).We were planning on gifting the remainder of the Notella to my Dad when he left, but it was nearly demolished over the course of the weekend. There was just a little left.. and had my Dad stayed for breakfast #2, it would have been all gone. Not sure where else to put this homemade Nutella? How about my Nutella and kiwi crepes or Nutella-filled aebleskiver? […]

  13. These look brilliant, I love the pan you used too, where did you get it? It looks very interesting. They look very similar to dutch poffertjes, guess they’re a kind of related recipe.

  14. What a cool pan Janet and those pancakes look delicious…love the name!

  15. […] I also have picked up new kitchen gadgets along the way as well. Some a bit more isoteric (takoyaki pan, my $2 tagine from Morocco), but others have become integrated into my daily routine (food […]

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