Man-Day Post: The Man Cooks Aebleskivers

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It’s time for another Man-Day post brought to you by Jensguy!

I just polished off the last of the holiday Tamales.  I have to say, one of the best things about my wife is that she brought a wonderful Mexican food tradition with her, and she can cook all of the recipes.  And she is smoking hot.

This is possibly the reason Taye Diggs, recently at loose ends, has started to follow Jennifer on Twitter.  Yep, she is a wonderful woman, Taye, but she is taken.

Why in the world would I be worried?

Anyway, food.  So my ancestry is primarily Danish, and I didn’t come with any culinary tradition.  So we have had to work on it as a family.

So what food are the Danish famous for?

Well obviously the Danish:

And probably a lot of fish dishes we are never going to cook.

However, at a community event a few years ago our family actually encountered a Danish food booth and experienced Aebleskivers (there are many spelling variations) for the first time, and we have now sought to reclaim that portion of our family heritage.

The best way to describe them is a variation of fluffy, airy buttermilk pancakes cooked as tiny spheres, covered in powdered sugar, and topped with Jennifer’s Homemade Jam.

Well, a cross between that and manna from heaven.

Traditionally they are cooked in a cast iron pan, specifically made for cooking Aebleskivers.

But I cheat.

Best $17 that I ever spent.

Here is the recipe that I use.  It is pretty common:

3 eggs, separate whites and beat until stiff
2 c. buttermilk
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. melted butter

Combine flour, sugar, salt, soda, and baking powder in a mixing bowl, then add buttermilk egg yolks to the dry ingredients, fold in the egg whites.  This recipe is primarily for the cake pop machine version.  If you own an Aebleskiver pan, I suspect you know what to do with it.

Keep in mind that they are best eaten right off the grill, which doesn’t turn out to be too much of a problem because your family will be lined up waiting for them.  They are like Krispy Kreme doughnuts with a fraction of the guilt.  There was a particular problem in our home as Jennifer resorted to stealing Aebleskivers directly from the childrens’ plates rather than waiting her turn.

Kind of like this:

Yep.  They are REALLY good!

 




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    1. Yep, if you have the pan or cake pop thing, they are actually pretty easy. There was that one time, however that the entire town was sold out of buttermilk for some reason. we had to call 6 grocery stores to find a pint of the stuff. Not sure what that was about. . .

    1. Yep, highly recommended. The Jam is much harder to make, but not TOO hard. Making the Jam will also make you look like a hero to your family because who makes jam anymore?

    1. Heh, it turns out Taye followed about 32,000 people. Wonder how that went down and how those people were selected?

    1. Most definitely Jen is a hottie. I have friends that have the actual ebelskiver pan, and they look down on me and the cake pop thing. I can produce abelskivers two to three times faster than they can and with 4 kids and an abelskiver junkie wife, that time difference is essential.

    1. As I mentioned he was cornered about his Twitter activity and fessed up that he had followed about 32,000 people. It worked because he was on TV talking about his twitter account. Good move if you ask me. . .

    1. Yep, pair these with a nice hot mug of hot chocolate and you will have one happy family. Plus, cultural awareness. . .

    1. Yep, if you have the device, there really isn’t a reason NOT to have these this very weekend. Let us know how it goes.

    1. Yep, and here in Tucson you can get Tamales in different flavors. There is the normal Tamale with beef and red sauce (Jen and I nailed that mixture this year.) and also the popular variant of cheese and green chile where you add a little sweet to the corn “massa.” We make those, but others make turkey tamales and other such stuff. Bonus, I think I discoved an extra bag of “green corn” tamales in the freezer, so the holidays get an extension!

    1. Yeah, aebelskivers are a bit intensive, but they make far more sense than cake pops, so you might as well get some use out of your cake pop maker. . .

  1. “Jen is a totally hottie!”

    Well, yeah!

    Technically, with the second contraption, you are supposed to make cake pops with it. I have never really seen the point in cake pops, but the machine turns out wonderful aebelskivers without my having to turn them with a toothpick in the type of pan you are SUPPOSED to be using. I also hear that aebelskivers are the perfect compliment to Diet Coke. . .

  2. These aebelskivers look the business. Ball like buttermilk pancakes slathered in homemade jam…What’s not to like?…Anyone got a spare cake pops grilly thing?
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    1. Those spare cake pops thingies are real easy to get, and if you troll second hand stores I’ll bet you could find one, because cake pops aren’t really practical and the designers haven’t yet considered rebranding them as Aebelskiver makers. . .

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