by Anniel 10/17/15
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
*plus1/2 tsp baking soda if using buttermilk
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 to 1 tsp grated lemon or orange zest, if desired
1/2 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar for dusting
3 large eggs, separated, and whites beaten until stiff peaks form
1 1/2 cups milk or buttermilk*
2 tablespoons melted butter
1. In a bowl, mix flour with sugar, baking powder, cardamom, nutmeg, lemon or orange zest and salt. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks to blend with milk and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Add liquids to dry ingredients and whisk until evenly smoothed and moist, add more milk if needed. Gently fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
2. Place an aebleskiver pan over medium-low heat. When pan is hot enough to make a drop of water dance, brush cups lightly with melted butter and fill each to slightly below the rim with batter. Quickly place fruit, jam, cheese or desired filling to each cup.
3. In about 1-1/2 minutes, thin crusts will form on bottoms of balls (centers will still be wet); Turn the crust with a slender wood skewer and gently pull shell to rotate the pancake ball until about half the cooked portion is above the cup rim and uncooked batter flows down over filling. Cook until crust on bottom of ball is again firm enough to pierce, about another minute, then rotate ball with skewer until the ridge formed as the pancake first cooked is on top. Cook, turning occasionally with skewer, until balls are evenly browned and no longer moist in the center, another 5 minutes or so. Check by piercing center of last pancake ball added to pan with skewer–it should come out clean, unless the filling is wet, just make sure batter is cooked–or by breaking the ball open slightly; if balls start to get too brown, turn heat to low until they are cooked in the center. Lift cooked balls from pan and serve hot. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Repeat to cook remaining batter.
Cool, wrap and freeze leftover Aebelskivers in Ziplock bags.
If the above seems more work than you care to do, order from abelskivers from Trader Joe’s.
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