- 1 tsp yeast
- 1 cup 3/4 cup of milk, heated
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- zest of ½ lemon unsprayed or 2 tsp. lemon juice (10 ml)
- 2 1/2 cup plain flour
- 2 eggs
- butter/margarine for the pan
- ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
What to Serve with Æbleskiver
- powder sugar
- sugar or jam
- æbleskiver pan (cast iron preferable)
- 2 mixing bowls
- electric mixer
- wooden spoon
- measuring cup/spoons
- wooden skewer or knitting pin
Trivia: Did you know that æbleskive is singular and æbleskiver is plural?
- Heat the milk to approx. 100 – 110 degrees F. Stir the yeast into the milk and add the salt, sugar, grated lemon peel and cardamom. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour and add the egg yolks one at a time. Cover with a towel and let the dough rest (raise) approx. for a ½ hour.
- In another bowl, using an electric mixer beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff. This will take about 2-3 minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold fold the egg whites into the batter. Be sure to rotate the bowl a quarter at a time. Repeat adding and folding the egg whites until the egg whites have been incorporated.
- Heat the æbleskive pan over low to medium heat. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of butter or margarine into each hole of the cast iron pan.
- When the butter starts to bubble, add a spoonful of the dough into each hole. Fill the holes approx three-quarter up with dough.
- When the æbleskiver begin to stiffen, use either a wooden skewer or knitting pin to push 1/4 of the æbleskiver up to begin to brown the top.
- As soon as they get bubbly around the edge, turn them quickly over with a knitting needle. (In Denmark, the Danish cooks traditionally use a knitting needle.)
- Continue cooking and turn the ball to keep it from burning, and it creates the characteristic spherical shape of an æbleskive.
- It is important that the æbleskiver bake at moderate heat. Turn the æbleskiver several times and cook until golden brown all over.
- Remove all of the æbleskiver from the pan and generously sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Traditionally æbleskiver are served with raspberry jam, strawberry jam or sugar.
- Remove to a serving plate and serve immediately. Optionally, sprinkle confectionery sugar over the æbleskiver.
Tip:Æbleskiver can be kept warm in the oven, and they can also be frozen.
Trivia: Did you know that the Danish meaning of æbleskiver is apple slices?
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