What is an Ebelskiver pan and how do I use one?

The other day we were preparing editorial content for a writer that asked us to tell her about unique grill accessories. So we started brainstorming and came up with a few neat accessories, including pizza stones, Korean barbecue plates, and woks. Finally, we discovered an accessory that puzzled some of us and caused a discussion of “what is that?”:

An ebelskiver pan (also worded æbleskiver or aebleskiver). Heard of it before? Well, neither had some of us, who took the liberty of doing some research about this mysterious-looking pan. Could it cook mini-cupcakes, pot pies, meat? Who knows. Read further to find out what ebelskivers are and how to cook them.

First things first

Here’s what an ebelskiver pan looks like.

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For us bakers, this contraption looks like a cupcake maker for a grill, right? (which in itself sounds a bit strange, yet cool)

Close, but it is actually a Danish pancake maker that cooks delicious treats that look like this:

ebelskivers at their best

The origin of this Danish treat is not exact in terms of date, but ebelskivers have definitely been a popular Danish breakfast food for centuries. Their name literally translates to “sliced apples” because many Danish recipes call for an apple filling, making them an apple-filled pancake.

The pan is easy to get, and Weber sells ebelskiver grill plates. Below is a description about the pan, taken directly from their website,

“The Weber Original™ Gourmet BBQ System™ Ebelskiver, with its distinctive sphere shaped cups, is designed to create traditional Danish pancakes. For an extra delightful breakfast or brunch, stuff the pancakes with sweet or savory fillings.”

Now that that’s out of the way

Now that we have established what ebelskivers are, we can talk about how to make them. Here is one resource on how to cook them, which usually involves a process similar to making American waffles. After looking through a few websites, we determined that the ingredients typically include (but are not limited to):

  •  egg whites, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, confectioner’s sugar, baking soda, salt, egg yolks,  butter, milk, and sometimes fruit for fillings (especially apples)

Cooking ebelskivers is relatively simple and the mix in the pan looks like cooking a waffle in a waffle-maker. After ingredients are mixed (great time for your KitchenAid mixer), one pours them into the pan and simply flips them when ready. Filling ebelskivers like traditional recipes do is slightly more complex and can be broken down here.

Some ebelskiver pans have two sides to simplify flipping while others need to be flipped manually. Afterwards, sprinkling a little confectioner’s sugar on your ebelskivers to top off this delightful, Danish treat. Ebelskiver pans start off around $30, depending on what type of pan it is, what it is made out of, and what intended cooking use it is for. They are sold for both ranges and even grills (which is how we stumbled onto them in the first place).

Have you cooked Ebelskivers? We would love to hear about your Ebelskiver-ing experiences.

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  1. Pingback: Grilling accessories you don’t want to forget this summer, part I | H&H Appliance Center's Blog

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