A couple of months ago, I finally bought an Ableskiver pan that had been on my mental wish list -- it's that peculiar looking round cast-iron pan with the 7 holes in them. I've wanted to buy one for so long, but I could not justify the price tag at Williams-Sonoma. I found one at Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $15.00, with a coupon that I had kept in my purse.
When I saw the post on SGCC, just a few days ago, I made up my mind that this weekend I was going to take a maiden voyage with my unopened kitchen gadget. The recipe inside the box did not appeal to me at all-- Bisquick! No way! I GOOGLED to find various recipe, but I settled on SGCC's recipe, and bravely beat my egg whites and folded them into the batter (I'm always nervous that I'll blow this step). My prep time took about 5 minutes and the batter came together very easily. I was ready to start cooking my "Ables" in less then 15 minutes.
My pan has a non-stick finish, so I just brushed a little melted unsalted butter into the pan. I filed each well about half way. They puffed up pretty fast! The first batch was showered with cinnamon sugar. I remembered that I had saved some cherry pie filling for a parfait (which I keep meaning to post) I had made, last week. So, the next batch, I filled each well less than halfway (just under 1/2 Tablespoon. I filled a tsp of filling and added more batter to the top.
These were a hit with my family. I can already see a lemon curd filling, rasberry jam, nutella-- the sky's the limit on how you can enhance these tasty balls of "Danish Ball Pancakes". It's so worth buying the pan!
adapted from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy
4 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Option from SGCC for filling:
1/2 cup Nutella
1 banana, sliced into quarters lengthwise and then into small chunks
You can simply sprinkle cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, or you can fill these with so many possibilities-- jam, lemon curd, pie filling... have fun with this!
1 tablespoon melted butter for pan
- Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, vanilla and butter.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Combine the yolk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until well blended. The batter will be a little lumpy.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the egg whites in two additions.
- Heat an aebleskiver pan over medium heat and brush each well with melted butter.
- Pour about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each well.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of Nutella and 1-2 chunks of banana to each well. Then top off each well with enough batter to fill.
- Cook about 3 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom and bubbly around the edges,
- Quickly turn each aebelskiver over, using a long wooden skewer or toothpick, trying not to puncture the balls.
- Continue cooking until golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes more.
- Transfer to a plate and repeat the process with the remaining batter.