Behold the contender: Aebleskiver (Danish Pancakes)!
Aebleskiver are little puffed pancakes often filled with a variety of delicious fillings. The recipe makes about 30 pancakes and I made 10 with milk chocolate ganache, 10 with blackberry jam (store-bought), and 10 plain. (Get the original recipe from Williams-Sonoma, and mine here!)
These pancakes are delicious, but they were kind of a pain to make. My biggest issues were with keeping the filling from leaking out of the pancakes and turning them. Maybe I need a set of these?
(picture from http://jessicaburns.com/2011/11/aebleskivers/)
Probably not, though. I think the keys to perfect aebleskiver are:
1. making sure you put enough butter in each well (see all that buttah?)
- make sure you keep the fillings nice and cold – the warmer they are, the soupier they are, the more likely they’ll leak out of the pancakes and mess up the pan
- use a swirling motion to fill the pan – when you 1st put the batter in, if you swirl from outside in, you’ll create a little well for the filling; then, when you cover the filling up, swirl from outside in again to create a filling-leak-proof pancake barrier
I noticed that the batter looked really yellow in comparison to other pancake batters, I think because of the buttermilk. I thought the plain pancakes were the best – the ganache ones may have been better with dark chocolate, and the jam ones were a bit too sweet for me. The plain ones, though, were like the glorious child of fried dough and pancakes in bite-sized puffs.
I had the same pancake-testers try both the aebleskiver and poffertjes and they came out tied, so I guess I’m the official tie-breaker. I’m struggling a little I think the poffertjes win the easier-prep battle, while the aebleskiver win the taste battle. Ultimately, taste has got to win…
4.25 out of 5 stackies: