Agnes’ Danish Christmas “Æbleskiver”

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My Grandmother Agnes’ recipe for traditional Danish ‘Æbleskiver’. These are usually cooked on a round pan with dips in it (see illustration). ‘Æbleskiver’ can be translated to ‘apple pieces’ and refers to the piece of apple that is traditionally added to the center of the doughy while it bakes. The texture and recipe of ‘Æbleskiver’ can be compared to waffles or pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 175g sugar
  • 50g yeast
  • 875g flour
  • 1L milk
  • 1tsp Cardamom
  • Some lemon peel
  • 300g melted margarine

Process

  1. Mix the fresh yeast with a bit of sugar and a bit of warm milk
  2. Warm the milk with the margarine till it melts
  3. Mix the egg yolks with the sugar
  4. Mix the flour and the cardamom and lemon peel
  5. Mix the flour and milk mixtures little by little
  6. Mix the yeast in with the rest
  7. Leave in the fridge for around 2 hours
  8. Take out and whisk the egg whites and spoon carefully into the mixture
  9. Cook in a ‘æbleskive’ pan which is basically a pan with dips in it