After making banana pancakes yesterday with the boys, I thought it would be fun to spend the week making different breakfasts all week long. A favorite of mine, is ebelskivers. When I say 'ebelskivers,' many people look at me like I am crazy and they think they have misunderstood what I have said. Apparently, it is not as common of a food as I thought! To paraphrase this food in a statement ... ebelskivers are traditionally from Denmark and are light and puffy pancakes that can be filled. There are endless possibilities with this food and I think perhaps that is why I like them so much! You can fill the pancakes with fruit, chocolate, jelly, peanut butter, cheese ... serve for breakfast, appetizers, dinner or dessert- if you can think of a yummy filling, do it!
Now that I have brought you up to speed with what we made, lets check out how we made them.
I begin by making a traditional pancake batter. In a bowl mix together 1 c of flour, 1 c of milk, 1 tbsp of sugar, 2 tbsp of oil, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1 egg. Take your ebelskiver pan and coat it well with oil. If you are in search of a great pan, I have a nonstick ebelskiver pan and turning tools from Williams-Sonoma and I love them. I highly recommend the turning tools, but toothpicks can also be used.
Once the pan has warmed up, fill each bowl with 1/2 tbsp of batter.
Quickly place your add-ins in the batter. The batter bakes quickly, so make sure you have all your add-ins ready. Braydon's favorite is chocolate chips, so we made chocolate our first batch.
After you place the add-ins in the batter, top with another 1/2 tbsp of batter.
Notice that the batter should be at the rim of the bowl after all the batter and add-ins have been made. Watch closely to see bubbles forming on the ebelskiver, this is the indicator for you to flip.
When your ebelskiver looks like this, grab your flipping tool of choice and begin to carefully turn the pancake over.
Continue to flip all the pancakes.
Keep watch, and in about 3 minutes the bottom side of the ebelskiver should be ready to remove from the pan. You are looking for your pancakes to be a nice golden brown color.
When ready, grab your turning tool again to remove the ebelskivers from the pan. I prefer my turning tool, instead of a fork or tooth pick. When you use a fork, the pan becomes scratched, and when you use toothpicks, hole are created in the pancake and the filling is likely to spill out. Granted, if this is what you have, make the most of it. When removing the ebelskiver, use your turning tool to hold the pancake and place in a bowl for later serving.
At this point, you have completed a batch. The recipe for the batter allows for 3 batches to be made. Get creative with whatever you have on hand in the kitchen. Cole loves peanut butter and jelly, so the second batch was made for Cole.
I purposely put in more jelly, anticipating it to pour out of the pancake because I love the way it caramelizes, so yummy!
For our last batch, we put peanut butter with chocolate chips for a candy bar taste. Today is our Costco day, meaning we are running low on what we would have like to fill the ebelskivers with- my favorite filling is caramel and Jeremy's is lemon curd, both are incredible!
Once all the batter has been used, and the ebelskivers have been filled and completed, put them in a bowl for serving. These are only half of them, after each corresponding batch, the boys began eating.
Be creative with you dipping choices as well- today we had whipped cream with nutmeg, syrup and powdered sugar.
What a yummy morning in the kitchen. This is a great way to cater to what each person would like to have, without having to create separate meals to please each member of the family -the kids love being a part of adding in too!