Frequently asked questions about aebleskiver.
What is aebleskiver?
They are a round pancake or waffle like item, served at any time of the day. You make them in a special formed pan and serve them with powdered sugar sprinkled on top and jam of your choice, preferable raspberry jam. It is supposed to be started many moons ago, probably at least 2-300 year ago. Read the story as I have written it.
How are they made?
You bake them on top on the stove in a special made pan called aebleskiver pan. See ordering page for a variety of pans.
Where can I get the pans?
We pride ourselves in having the largest selection of pans on the internet or any store around. Whenever a new pan come on the market, we test them and evaluate them and if they are deemed appropriate, we add them to our inventory and make them available to our customers. Just go to our ordering page.
What are they made from?
There are several recipes on my web site for your free use. I guess there are as many recipes as there are cooks. You can also get a ready made aebleskiver mix, which I made many years ago which has been very popular. You can order it right here.
What are the pans made from?
There are basically two different types of pans. The original pans were mostly made from cast iron. The last few years cast aluminum pans has come on the market and proven themselves very useful. A few were made with enamel coating, but has been outlawed in this country. The aluminum pans of today mostly comes with a non-stick coating, so the aebleskiver will not stick to the pan. A few large commercial pans were made from copper and are still in use.
How do I prepare the pan for use?
We have a page specific for beginners, teaching them how to get started. How to season the pan and make them.
Where did they originate from?
Nobody knows for sure how they got started, but I wrote a story speculating on the beginning of aebleskiver. It goes back a long time. Some have found pans that is suppose to be several hundred years old. Read it and laugh!!
Can you use the pan for anything else?
Many think the Danes use it to make meatballs in it, but that is not true. If you are in the kitchen and get attacked, it make a darn good weapon and no one walks away after being hit over the head with it!!
If anyone has an idea what else to use it for, let me know and I will be happy to add it to the site and give you credit for it!! Just drop me a note.
A good customer send me this idea for what else to do with the pan. Something I never thought of. Her name is Halima:
I put other batter in my pan and bake muffins and brownies that turn out round and perfect and so tasty. Crispy on the outside and soft and moist inside. I have put cornbread muffin batter in my pan and made round cornbread muffins for dropping into chili. I have used my pan with cake batter and made tiny round cakes that taste like donut holes, but without the unhealthy deep frying. I have used them to make Falafel and the balls are round and perfect.
Just received an aebleskiver pan and was "playing" with recipe ideas. A couple of winners are:
Stamp flour tortillas with the top of a glass to make a circular imprint. Using kitchen scissors, cut out the rounds, Spray with vegetable oil and fill with various ingredients-I used cheddar cheese and cooked sausage crumbles, as well as bacon, cheese and a little uncooked beaten egg. Cover pan with a pot lid or foil and cook until done. Let cool and garnish with sour cream. Ideas are endless for fillings for this recipe for appetizers. Just yummy.
A few submitted questions from customers:
I bought an Aebleskiver pan in Solvang twenty years ago, but it rusted about eight years ago; and, I threw it out. What could I have done with it?
Thank you for writing me. Sorry to hear your aebleskiver pan rusted and you threw it out! It could have been saved. If the pan rusts all you have to do is clean it really good and sand the rust off to the bare iron, using sand paper or steel wool, then re-season it. They never get really bad. To see how to season click here:
Go to my website: www.aebleskiver.com and see the description of pans #3 and #8. They are the ones made for the flat top stoves. Any other pan on the market might cause problems to your stove. The warranty for this type of stove specifically warns against using any other type of pot or pan, that is not flat on the bottom.
I am not saying that your stove will be ruined, just that it might. When the manufacturer of the stove says not to use any other kind, I can not tell you to go ahead and use them. Then I would be responsible.
I have not seen any other seller of pans warning people of the danger. I guess they just figure buyer beware. I do what is best for the buyer. Not necessarily what is best for me.
Now it is up to you to decide.
I got this question from one of my customers and thought my answer to her might be the same I would give to many others like her:
My daughter recently learned to make aebleskiver and would like a pan. My question is which pan would be better for her, aluminum or cast iron?
The answer I sent to her:
Since she will be using it on a gas stove she can use any of the pans on my site. Then it comes down to what she prefers. The cast iron pans #1,2,4,5 and 6 are a little tricky. You have to be careful in how you handle them, especially the cleaning up. They also need to be cured, she can just follow the instructions on my website. The #9 pan comes pre-cured, but otherwise need the same treatment as the rest of the cast iron pans. The aluminum pans #7 and #10 pans are thin in body and the heat transfers fast. She will have to be careful to regulate the heat on them. The two flat bottom pans are better, they have more body. The #8 pan is made for the induction electric stoves and are a little heavy. The #3 pan is the top of the line of pans. It works great on both gas and electric, except the magnetic induction stoves. It is also more light weight than the #8 pan.
For ease of use I recommend the #3 pan. It has a great finish that make it easy to bake and also clean up. We have it made to our specifications and use them ourselves.
I hope this will help you or her to decide. Maybe I made it harder for you? I tried not to.