Traditional Danish Pancakes

Traditional Danish Pancakes

In Danish these delicious little round pancakes are called ‘æbleskiver’, and are a childhood treat for most Danes.  Made in the special pan, shown in the image below, they made all the more fun by their ‘pop in the mouth’ shape and size.  It would be easy to indulge on dozens of these if they were sitting on the counter!  Mostly they are eaten with sweet jam and icing sugar, but they could be used as a savory appetizer as well. We were treated by our cousin Kristine (more recipes coming from her soon!)…to this delicious bowl of goodies!

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Makes 30

  • 250 g white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (aka. Natron)
  • Lemon zest from 1/2 an organic lemon
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 dl. (1 2/3 cups) buttermilk
  • 3 egg whites


  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and lemon zest.
  2. In a new bowl, whip egg yolks and buttermilk.
  3. Add the dry flour mix to the egg/buttermilk mixture.
  4. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  5. While you wait, whip the egg whites and gently fold them into the mixture.
  6. Preheat the pan and put a knob of butter in each hole of the pan.
  7. Fill each hole half with the batter, and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then gently turn æbleskiverne.
  8. Serve with some good jam and icing sugar.

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