Ebelskivers: The Next Big Food Trend?
A couple months ago, I had never heard of an ebelskiver; since then, I’ve watched them being made, eaten them, and borrowed a cookbook devoted to these round, tiny, filled treats. AEbleskivers, as they are spelled in Denmark, have really made their mark in the U.S. thanks to stores like Williams-Sonoma, that sell the pans needed to make these little guys.
Adam’s Uncle David introduced us to ebelskivers, on our visit to Santa Fe back in early March. David made us both sweet and savory ebelskivers for brunch, but the ones that really made an impression were the sweet ones.
Check out David’s attention to detail and focus on mise en place. It’s a sight to behold, is it not?!
Now back to the sweet ebelskivers. I can’t remember all of the different flavors we had, but was transfixed by David’s process of filling and then covering each round. He used a restaurant squeeze bottle with the tip cut off to allow more batter to flow into the pan. These look like blackberry jam flavored bites.
A pair of chopsticks come in handy when it’s time to flip the ebelskivers and according to the mouth-watering and very helpful Ebelskivers cookbook, you can also use wooden skewers or even knitting needles to easily flip the pancakes.
David really won my heart when he made these pecan maple ebelskivers. With real maple syrup of course! But the most delicious version he made had jam and marzipan (almond paste) inside. They were heavenly!
David kept trying to convince Adam and I to open an ebelskivers food trailer in Austin — and I must admit it’s a great idea. I’ve never had ebelskivers in Austin but we did visit Love Balls Bus that serves takoyaki, a savory ball from Japan that is very similar in look to the ebelskiver. For sweet balls, we do have cake balls here — as well as crimps — the new tiny pies being sold by the Pie Society — a business started by two friends of mine who sell tiny balls of sweet and savory pie bites!
I must admit that I don’t think Adam and I are looking to get into the food truck business anytime soon…but we may need to add an ebelskivers pan and cookbook to our gift wish list!Tags: crimps, danish, ebelskiver, gift, love balls, maple syrup, pancakes, pie society, williams-sonoma