You’d think that I would have started this post with, “Holy balls!” You would be right. Most days. But when you make Æbleskivers - Filled Pancake Balls – on a Sunday, my holy day, it just doesn’t sound right. That’s why I like to call them holy pancakes.
If you’ve never heard of Æbleskivers you’re probably thinking, what in the world are those lovely balls of deliciousness? They’re pancakes, in the shape of spheres. And, you can fill them.
Now that your mind is blown, let’s just dig right into these light and fluffy Danish pancakes and get to the core of these beauties.
The Breakfast King and I were feeling very round when we woke up Sunday morning. Not round in form, but round in feeling. Our moods were gentle and rolling, like perfectly round pancakes, so we filled our pancakes with round fruit. Blueberries and raspberries.
The wonderful thing about filled pancakes is that you can fill them with anything you like. You can fill them with fruit, like the Breakfast King and I did, or you can fill them with chocolate chips, or jam, or nuts, or nut butter; the possibilities are endless.
You can also opt out of a filling, but where’s the fun in that?
To make these you’re going to need an Aebleskiver pan. You’re also going to need a long toothpick or skewer to turn the pancake balls. Once you have those things, you’ll be ready to start cooking.
The batter is just pancake batter, only slightly thicker than what you’d make for disc shaped pancakes. Make the batter and heat the pan to approximately 350°. We used a laser thermometer to check the temperature. It’s the best thing ever. It’s a multi-purpose tool, as it can be used as a dog toy. My dogs love chasing the red dot around the kitchen floor. You just have to make sure not to point it at their eyes.
When the pan is hot and ready to roll—pun intended—pour the batter into the individual round sections until almost filled, and drop the filling into the center of the balls. When the edges are puffy and dry and the batter is bubbling in the center, take a long toothpick or skewer and pierce the center and turn the balls over. If they stick just run the toothpick along the sides to release the pancake.
Here's a video to show you how to flip them. My home video didn't turn out so I had to resort to YouTube.
When both halves of the Æbleskivers are golden brown and firm to the touch they’re ready. You can eat them with maple syrup or fruit preserves. I love dipping mine in preserves.
If you have kids, they’re going to LOVE making Æbleskivers - Filled Pancake Balls. My kids did, and they still do, even though they’re young adults. Memories make for the best food.
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Have you ever had, or heard of Æbleskivers?
What would your favorite pancake filling be?
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What you'll need to make these delicious Æbleskivers - Filled Pancake Balls:
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Æbelskivers - Filled Pancake Balls (Vegan)
- Dry ingredients:
- 2 cups of unbleached flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 pinch of finely ground sea salt
- Wet ingredients:
- 1 ripe banana – pureed
- 1 flax egg – 1 Tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water mixed well let sit for ten minutes
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil divided
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice – don’t skip this ingredient you need it to activate the baking powder
- 1 and ¾ of a cup of almond milk
- Filling of your choice
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Puree the banana in a large mixing bowl and add one tablespoon of coconut oil along with the rest of the wet ingredients. Mix together until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined and moistened. Don’t overmix. The batter should be thicker than normal pancake batter – not runny.
- Heat the Æbelskiver pan on medium heat and lightly grease the pan with the remaining coconut oil. When the pan is approximately 350° (if you don’t have a kitchen thermometer you can add a drop of the batter into the pan, if it bubbles the pan is ready) pour the batter in the individual sections of the pan until almost filled. Add the filling to the center of each pancake.
- When the edges of the batter is puffy and dry and the center is bubbling pierce the center with a long toothpick or skewer and flip. The pancakes are ready when both sides are golden brown and they’re firm to the touch.
- Serve with maple syrup, preserves, and/or powdered sugar.
Hi, The word æbleskiver is actually already plural. There is no need to put an "s" on the end. A single one would be æbleskive, but who would ever eat just one?
Linda & Alex says
Hey Lisa, Thank you so much for the note! We'll be sure to go in and edit that : ) Totally agree though, you definitely can't eat just one!
Hello! Your wet ingredients list states "3 T. of liquefied coconut oil" and your Instructions state, "(#2) . . . and add on T. of coconut oil and the rest of the wet . . . ." I'm confused about this apparent discrepancy in how much coconut oil to use. Please advise. Thank you for veganizing this Danish recipe 😀
Linda Meyer says
Hi JoEllen! Great question. Add one tablespoon of the melted coconut oil to the batter, along with the vanilla, lemon juice, and almond milk. The rest of the oil is for greasing the pan to prevent sticking. I'll make that more clear on the recipe card. Happy New Year!
Emma Hansen says
I'm a Danish trying-to-be vegan, and let me just say that these look wonderful! We've grown up eating these for Christmas my entire life, so I'm excited that I can now have a vegan version! 🙂
(Btw they're called "Æbleskiver" - "æble" meaning apple and skiver meaning "slices" 🙂 )
Linda Meyer says
Hi Emma! I'm so happy you found our site and our vegan Æbleskiver (thank you for the correction) recipe. 🙂 I've found that almost everything can be made vegan. Let me know if you have any recipe requests.
Oh wow, I love these! I have never come across them before, but now I NEED one of those pans - my kids would love these for breakfast. I think my husband may have something to say about yet another addition to the kitchen though 🙂
Linda Meyer says
LOL! I understand your husband's concern. I have to store pans in my oven because I don't have room in my cabinets. 😉 But yes, this is a must have. It's for the kids!
Healthier Steps says
I totally love these balls, I have never seen this pan and I want one, I'm already thinking of other great balls I would make with these pan!
Linda Meyer says
Thanks, isn't the pan awesome? I know, I'm planning out some savory balls for the future.
Ha, I LOVE your .gif! 🙂 Never heard of these but they're so cute and sound delish! I totally want these with that chia jam I just made.
Linda Meyer says
Haha! I thought it described my expression perfectly. It would be great with your chia jam! 🙂