Aebleskivers (Pancake Balls)


It's been a while I know. But over the last few months, I kind of became occupied with stuff and then made myself unoccupied and then all over again. Life has been transitional for a while and it shall be for a while more. The more I take cognizance of that fact and accept it, the easier it will be for me I guess. Besides, gobbling my way through Gochujang noodles on a regular basis does not make good blog features.

Meanwhile, Aebleskivers have been on my list of things to do for a while now. In October, when I pitched initially to contribute to a site, I actually wrote down Aebleskivers. It never saw the light of day till now though. Aebleskivers are traditional Danish Pancake Balls. (I'm still silly enough to giggle every time I write balls.. heeheee) Apparently made during Christmas and supposed to have apple in them I think? I butchered a recipe from Nordic Food & Living and kind of made it this Sunday morning for the kids. Not that the kids I know really appreciate anything their aunt slaves over the stove for them. They always and always go back to their Ammachi's pineapple jam & toast. Spoilsports!

The adults loved it though. Wait! before the adults came in, quite a few of these balls (heehee..) ended up in my tummy as well. Oh! who am I kidding? I tend to forget I belong to the adult category. Having the mental/emotional capability of an under-aged teen in an over-sized body doesn't really help anyone. Meh! on that.

I got my Unniappam Chatti out for this one. Not that I'd ever used it before. I got it a while ago thinking I'd make unniappams sometime and then forgot about it. But Aebleskivers seemed like a good way to inaugrate it. Unniappam Chatti = Paniyaram Chatti = Whatever other pans there are which have semi circular (hemispherical sounds better perhaps?)indentations on them. I could put up a pic here, but then that would make my blog too big and have too many pics and I'm just that bit unfriendly enough to not want to do that. (Pat on my back for being selfish.)

In reality, the recipe is actually that of a pancake, just that the treatment is different or rather the equipment used is different. the pan really helps give that 'Wohow' effect. If you'd rather make pancakes who am I to stop you. But these make nice snacks you can take on road trips, pack it up in a hamper for a picnic or even an after school snack for kids. Texturally mine were crispy on the outside and soft as clouds in the middle. It's better had warm or rather straight off the stove, but I really can't imagine anyone making this on order unless it were a restaurant!

I made them plain, some filled with chocolate chips, and some with homemade Strawberry Orange Jam. One word of caution, you always need more filling than you think! For those peevish about making their own jam, roll up your sleeves and get to it, cos strawberry season is getting over soon and you really want to bottle up all that goodness till next year right? Here's a link to help you out - DIY: Making Jam

Makes approximately 24 teeny weeny balls


2  eggs separated
11/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
60g butter melted and cooled
1 tbsp sugar
pinch salt

1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/8 cup jam (optional)
2 tbsp icing sugar

  1. Whisk egg whites till stiff peaks form and set aside
  2. in a different bowl, dry whisk flour, soda, sugar and salt.
  3. Add yolks & buttermilk and mix till thoroughly combined. Used hand mixer if required
  4. Pour melted & cooled butter to the batter and mix it in.
  5. Using a wooden spoon/spatula fold in egg whites gently to the mix in three parts till you do not see white streaks. (Do not whack the shit out of it, you want the air from the egg whites to remain in the batter)
  6. Heat the aebleskiver pan, add butter to each of those indentations.
  7. Gently drop enough batter to fill 3/4 of the indent if making plain balls, else fill 1/4 of the indentation, add the topping and then cover till it reaches 3/4 of the indent.
  8. Flip the balls using a skewer when they are firm on one side.
  9. You're ready when both sides are golden and firm.
  10. Serve onto plate. Sprinkle with icing sugar. You're good to go!


  1. Maria..cant we use milk instead of butter milk?i always use milk in pancakes

    This looks something different..will defenitely give a try😀

  2. Maria..cant we use milk instead of butter milk?i always use milk in pancakes

    This looks something different..will defenitely give a try😀

    1. Priya, buttermilk does make a difference to the texture of the pancake. Try it sometime and you'll see the difference. Also, do let me know how the recipe goes.