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Ebelskivers: The Next Big Food Trend?

16 May 2011 2,078 views 17 Comments

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.

David measures out his ingredients

David measures out his ingredients

Check out David’s attention to detail and focus on mise en place. It’s a sight to behold, is it not?!

Mise en Place is So Important!

Mise en Place is So Important!

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.

Sealing with batter after filling with jam

Sealing with batter after filling with jam

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.

Knowing when to flip is key

Knowing when to flip is key

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!

A gorgeous finished product (maple nut)

A gorgeous finished product (maple nut)

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!

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  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    I have never even heard of these until now, but they look and sound amazing!

  • huebscher

    my grandma's most favorite part of visiting solvang (the danish village in the movie “sideways”) are the ebelskiver kitchens, with lace curtains and split doors (top-half open for business).  jam-filled are the bomb.

  • http://twitter.com/GrubbusAllOver Eli Castro

    Looks fantastic. As for me, I'm on a self-imposed W-S single-use gadget moratorium in the kitchen. If it's a trend  it'll be a trend I (happily) eat somewhere else.As for me, I'm on a self-imposed W-S single-use gadget moratorium in the kitchen. If it's a trend  it'll be a trend I (happily) eat somewhere else.

  • huebscher

    my grandma's most favorite part of visiting solvang (the danish village in the movie “sideways”) are the ebelskiver kitchens, with lace curtains and split doors (top-half open for business).  jam-filled are the bomb.

  • http://twitter.com/GrubbusAllOver Eli Castro

    Looks fantastic. As for me, I'm on a self-imposed W-S single-use gadget moratorium in the kitchen. If it's a trend  it'll be a trend I (happily) eat somewhere else.As for me, I'm on a self-imposed W-S single-use gadget moratorium in the kitchen. If it's a trend  it'll be a trend I (happily) eat somewhere else.

  • KP

    Man, they sure look tasty! But they totally need a new name. Skivvies shouldn't come to mind when choosing a menu item to munch. Besides, most folks here would not really care about the name accuracy if a more delicious name was used [we Texans already call things kolaches (sic) that aren't kolaches, because "kolache" is somehow a friendlier word than "klobasnek"].

  • KP

    Man, they sure look tasty! But they totally need a new name. Skivvies shouldn't come to mind when choosing a menu item to munch. Besides, most folks here would not really care about the name accuracy if a more delicious name was used [we Texans already call things kolaches (sic) that aren't kolaches, because "kolache" is somehow a friendlier word than "klobasnek"].

  • jodibart

    They were really delicious! And fun to taste all of David's combinations.

  • jodibart

    Ooh – there is a place in California that serves these? I wish I knew that when I went wine tasting there last year!

  • jodibart

    Eli – I think that's actually a good policy. What do you think about a neighborhood Ebelskiver and other single-use gadget share? That would be difficult to coordinate but very cool to do. Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe I'll ask if anyone on my neighborhood listserv has one!

  • jodibart

    Maybe we should rename them Ebels? That seems easy enough – no? And yes, I think it was a good move to call klobasnek's kolaches. Much simpler.

  • jodibart

    Ok, there is definitely some sort of “balls” trend happening in Austin. Check out this review of Arancini: http://www.texasmonthly.com/bl

  • jodibart

    Ok, there is definitely some sort of “balls” trend happening in Austin. Check out this review of Arancini: http://www.texasmonthly.com/bl

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  • Neal K

    This is an great find, thanks for sharing.  It reminds me of appelflap in Holland.  Those saved my life once.  Can't wait to give them a try.

  • Neal K

    This is an great find, thanks for sharing.  It reminds me of appelflap in Holland.  Those saved my life once.  Can't wait to give them a try.

  • Neal K

    This is an great find, thanks for sharing.  It reminds me of appelflap in Holland.  Those saved my life once.  Can't wait to give them a try.