I found this great pan in the local kitchen store and thought Tom would like it for Christmas. What a success it has been. Essentially, the Danish aebleskiver pan makes round, puffy pancakes which you top with any of the usual toppings you'd use for pancakes or crepes - maple syrup, butter, confectioners sugar, lemon juice, chocolate, jam, on and on. You can use any pancake recipe, and tonight we're using one from At Grandmother's Table carrying on the Scandinavian theme.
Grandma's Finnish Pancakes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
The notes from the book say:
These light, thin pancakes are the Finnish version of crepes suzette. They are quick to make, and most cooks have the ingredients on hand. This recipe makes 4-5 pancakes. To make 15-20 pancakes, increase both the milk and flour to 1 1/2 cups, but keep all other ingredients the same.
We did make the larger amount, and this worked just great. We ended up with 3 batches, 21 little aebleskivers.
Now, onto this nifty new kitchen pan. You grease the individual cups, pour in the batter, and then you do something different and interesting. Some people use a skewer or even a knitting needle, but not having either, we used one of the forked ends of a little knife. You kind of lift up the batter to make an edge, and then you move it around in the cup a bit, while it is cooking at medium heat. Because if I were reading this, I wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about, here is a you tube that shows you just what to do. Pancakes have never been so much fun!