Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ebelskivers

Happy New Year Everyone!  What breakfast did you make to ring in the New Year?  This morning I made a variety of Danish-style pancakes for my boys called Ebelskivers (You can buy the pan at William Sonoma).  We had a little taste test!  We did a couple of different batters and 4 different fillings.  Turns out making the batter from scratch was just as easy as buying the $10.00 can of mix sold at William Sonoma.  The Danish pancakes we made taste better and most likely were a quarter of the price.  The recipe we used is as follows:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
1 cup 2% or whole milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:

1) Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
2) In a separate bowl lightly whisk together the egg yolks, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
3) Mix the two above mixtures together until blended but still a little lumpy.
4) In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixture until soft peaks appear.  Mix the egg whites in with the egg and flour mixture.  Your ready!

Directions for use with pan:
1) Place Ebelskiver pan on medium-high heat. 
2) Place a little bit of butter in each divot on the pan. 
3) Place enough batter in each divot to reach the top and place Jam, Chocolate, Lemon Curd, Pie Filling in the center of the batter. 
4) Flip each Ebelskiver over like you would a pancake.  This can be tricky, I found using a very small spatula worked best for me.  You can buy wooden Ebelskiver flippers that resemble odd shaped chop sticks.  However, I found that these did not work very well for me.  Plus, the small spatula was cheaper and I could use this for more things in my daily living.

Favorite Fillings:

*Strawberry Jam, this is the boys all time favorite
*Apple pie filling
*Lemon Curd
*Cherry Jam
*Blueberry Jam
*Peach Pie Filling
*Chocolate


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