aebleskiver pancakes

Aebleskiver Danish Pancakes with Nutella

A neighbor of ours, several months ago, introduced us to Danish aebleskiver pancakes. They’re yummy!

My mom’s part-Danish, so we enjoyed hearing about our neighbor’s family and the special pancakes. She was so sweet because she sent us on our way, after filling us up, with an aebleskiver pan and cookbook.

I tried my hand at making them this morning. Here’s the recipe we used, with our modifications and a few photos. Enjoy!


2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
6 tablespoons melted butter
Nutella (~½ cup or more)


Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

Whisk eggs for about a minute, then gradually add milk and vanilla until combined.

Pour dry ingredients into the liquid mixture, a little at a time. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Finally, add melted butter and fold in.

Heat aebleskiver or frying pan on medium heat, brush with a little oil or butter.

Make sure the pan is warm enough before adding batter about ½ full. Then quickly add a small spoonful of Nutella over the batter in each hole. Add more pancake mixture over the Nutella to cover each hole.

Cook for about 1 or 2 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. On each side, you should see bubbles in the batter. Then push gently and quickly to flip the aebleskiver using a chopstick or fork. You may need a tool in each hand to get the aebleskiver turned over and situated in the hole to cook the other side. Continue cooking on the other side until golden brown.

Repeat this process until you’ve cooked all you need, or the batter’s finished.

Let cool slightly, but serve warm. Serve like pancakes. You can cover with butter, syrup, fresh fruit, dust with confectioner’s sugar, etc.

Makes about 30 aebleskiver balls.


Instead of orange zest, I reduced the milk by ~¼ cup and added that much orange juice to get 1.5 cups of milk/orange juice.

We also diced fresh strawberries and added them in the middle, along with the Nutella, and served with freshly sliced bananas.

We’ve also had these with applesauce in the middle, instead of Nutella.

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