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12/16/2009

Recipe: Ebelskiver!  »

When drooling through my (food) pornographic William’s Sonoma catalog, something caught my eye. I knew I had to have it. That something was an ebelskiver filled-pancake pan. Did I blow $40 on a specialty item I would rarely use? HELL YES I DID. And it was SO fucking worth it.

What are ebelskiver, you wonder? Well, they’re pancake puffs filled with compote, essentially. The pretty puppies you see above were filled with an apple-pie-filling-esque compote. They tasted even better than they looked, if you were wondering. In my opinion, ebelskiver = perfect wintery snack. I used the classic pancake recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance a la Isa Moskowitz’s genius.

As for the compote, here’s a little recipe for ya:

  • one or two Granny Smith apples (or other tart and firm apples, such as Pink Ladies), peeled, and cubed super tiny, maybe half the diameter of a dime or even smaller than that
  • pinch of nutmeg, or more if you’re a huge fan
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar or maple syrup
  • some lemon juice for acidity
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, let sit for five to 10 minutes for the juices to distribute.

The way I deal with ebelskiver is I put one tsp. of Earth Balance into each well of the heated pan, followed by one Tbsp. of batter, topped with one tsp. of filling, and again topped with one Tbsp. of batter. You can use two toothpicks as mini-tongs to help you flip and shape the ebelskiver, it’s quite easy to get the hang of!! Also, test around with other fillings; if you’re adventurous you can whip up a bananas foster recipe (The Joy of Vegan Baking has an amazing recipe for this) and mash the shit out of it until its creamy and filling-like. Or if you’re lazy use some jam you have lying around. Or chocolate ganache; the possibilities are fucking endless and ebelskiver are fucking amazing and that’s why I’m not justifying my impulse buy to you, ok!?!?

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