A little Christmas game. Are you ready !?
How many “appleskives” (look at the picture) did I made last week !?
Æbleskiver also called “appleskives” are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. The name literally means apple slices in Danish, although apples are not usually an ingredient in pressent-day versions. Somewhat similar in texture to European pancakes crossed with a popover or Yorkshire pudding, æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover.
In Denmark, æbleskiver, are common at Christmas and over the days leading up to it. In December they are often served with gløgg, Scandinavian mulled wine. In Norway, warm waffles have much of the same function as æbleskiver in Denmark.
They are also often sold at charity markets, local sports gatherings and similar or served at Children’s birthday parties, due to their popularity and easy preparation. Voluntary associations can gain profit from preparing them from the pre-fried frozen stage and selling them, usually three at a time with the usual condiments.
In North America, there are serveral annual events that celebrate æbleskiver and Danish culture, with churches and museums holding “Æbleskiver Suppers” and similar events.
The batter for æbleskiver usually includes wheat flour, which is mixed with buttermilk, milk or cream, eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt. Some recipes also include fat (usually butter), cardamom and lemon zest to improve taste, and a leavening agent, most often baking powder, but sometimes yeast to aerate the batter.
Æbleskiver are not sweet themselves but are traditionally served dipped in raspberry, strawberry, black currant or blackberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Bon appetite…