December 12, 2016

12. Ebelskivers for the Holidays


Ebelskivers for the Holidays on Bake Chocolate Cake
This past weekend I was at a Holiday Market and they were serving Ebelskivers.  It was freezing outside but the smell of the Ebelskivers filled the air and people were lined up waiting to have this delicious treat.

The smell of the pancakes cooking on a cold winter's day reminded me how much I love Ebelskivers and I decided that they definitely needed to be a part of our Countdown to Christmas.

If you have not had an Ebelskiver, they are similar to pancakes but they can also be filled with a variety of fillings.  The most important part of making Ebelskivers is the pan.  I found mine at Costco.  It is made by Nordic Ware and it has a great non-stick surface.

There are some really brilliant food artists now who are using farm-fresh ingredients to make delicious jams.  Some of my favorite combinations include pear/vanilla bean, strawberry/basil, spicy mango, peach/thyme and chokecherry.  Find your favorite combination!  They are delicious served with Ebelskivers.

Ebelskivers

Basic Batter:
3 large eggs, separated.  Beat egg whites until stiff
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Ebelskiver pan on Bake Chocolate Cake
Butter in pan
2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons melted butter (for the pan)

In a bowl mix egg yolks, sugar and salt.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the egg yolks.  Stir until smooth.

Gently fold in the beaten egg whites.

Heat Ebelskiver pan over stove until hot.  Test by dropping a few drops of water on the pan to sizzle.

Brush the pan with butter.  Pour batter into the pan (about 2/3 full)

Cook until the bubbles on top begin to pop.

Using chopsticks or a wooden skewer, turn over each Ebelskiver.

The easiest way to flip them over is to gently push a wooden skewer into the side of the Ebelskiver and then gently push so that the pancake flips over.

Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes or until brown. If desired, dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar before serving.

In the Mood for Chocolate?
After the batter has cooked for about a minute, add 10 chocolate chips to each cup. Gently push the chocolate chips into the batter until they are covered and continue to cook as instructed above.

This is such a great holiday treat!  Gather friends and family around the table and enjoy!