I’ve been wanting to make ebelskivers for a very long time. They are round, pillowy spheres of fried dough that basically melt in your mouth. Num! So, I rounded up my favorite Gkid, you know the one, my new ebelskiver pan and some ligonberry jam and away we went. Pancakes are a big deal for the Norse. We don’t say a lot of sweet stuff, but we will feed you sweet food to prove our love. The number and type of pancakes we put out is amazing, but this one is extra special. The beaten egg whites make this batter extra fluffy, so the pancakes are extra light. The perfect way to say I love you.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 eggs, separated (yolks and whites)
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for cooking
filling or toppings for the pancakes
In a bowl big enough to hold all the above ingredients with room to whisk, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the milk and 4 tablespoons of the melted butter. Add this mixture into the flour mixture until blended together. Don’t worry if the batter looks lumpy. Using a hand held mixer, beat the egg whites on the highest speed until they become stiff but you do not want dry peaks to form, about 3 minutes. Then fold the egg whites into the flour mixture.
Put the pan on the stove over medium heat, brush each depression with butter and heat until the butter begins bubbling. Add 2 tablespoons of batter to each depression of the pan. You cook until the bottoms of the round pancakes are golden brown and a little crispy. This should take about 4 minutes. Using a couple of wooden skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until the other side is golden brown. Remove the 7 ebelskivers from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter until all the batter is cooked.
You can also make stuffed ebelskivers. Only put 1 tablespoon of batter in each depression, then 1 teaspoon of filling like jam, fresh fruit or chocolate, and top with 1 tablespoon more batter, then cook the same way. Are these cool or what?!
* From the Recipe Box:
What better way to tell someone you love them then by making them pancakes.
The Gkid and I used skewers, a large spoon and a fork to try turning the ebelskivers. First of all, don’t fill them too full. I liked the spoon best, but it’s a personal preference. I kept a small bowl of melted butter and a brush handy to keep the depressions well lubricated between pancakes.
I served them with sour cream and lingonberry jam because that’s what Norwegians do. The Gkid liked them with maple syrup and peanut butter. Give them a try and let me know what you think. They are fun and different.
and remember: Sometimes when you meet someone you just click. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I sure believe in the click. Big kiss, Lynn