When I mention my trip to Solvang, the first thing that people bring up is Aebleskiver. They don’t always remember the name, but they do remember how good they are.
Aebleskiver are similar to pancakes, but they are not ‘flat as a pancake.’ An Aebleskiver is a round pancake ball that is a little smaller than a tennis ball. They can be enjoyed anytime, but are often served for breakfast with jam and powdered sugar. The ingredients are simple and once you learn the technique, they are as easy to make as other types of pancakes.
During the annual Danish Days festival in Solvang, a big tent is set up in the street and thousands of Aebleskiver are served to locals and tourists. You can get them year round inside The Solvang Restaurant or at their take out window.
At Danish Days, I was able to watch the masters at work. Many of these Solvang residents are descendants of the original Danes who settled in the city 5 generations ago. For the event, they set up an assembly line to cook the pancakes in cast iron Aebleskiver pans using metal knitting needles to turn them as they cook from the outside in.
Courtesy of The Solvang Restaurant
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t soda
2 T sugar
4 T melted butter
Separate the eggs. Mix egg yolks and all the other ingredients together at one time and beat until smooth.
Allow batter to set for 30 minutes to let baking powder work. Beat the whites stiff and fold in last.
Heat aebleskiver pan. Put 1 tsp. salad oil in each hole and fill completely with batter.
Let bake until slightly crusty on bottom. Turn slightly with a knitting needle or skewer.
Continue cooking, turning the ball to keep it from burning, until the knitting needle comes out clean when stuck in the center.
Serve aebleskiver hot with powdered sugar, jam, and jelly.
Check out these step by step how-to photos that demonstrate the technique: