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Got a cast iron "pancake puff" pan for Christmas. Any ideas on what to do with this thing?

kgreig Jan 10, 2010 01:32 PM

My dear Mother In Law got me a cast iron puff pancake pan for Christmas. I have absolutely no idea what to do with it, it came with no recipes either. Has anyone used this with any success and care to share a recipe or two?

I would imagine you can do more with it than just pancakes?

  1. todao Jan 10, 2010 01:41 PM

    What I believe you have is an Æbleskiver Pan.
    Æbleskiver are challenging but fun to make and when you master the process you'll WOW all of your family.
    There are countless recipes and video instructions on the Internet for using the Æbleskiver Pan, just Google "Aebleskiver Video" and/or Aebleskiver Recipe and you're on you're way to a lot of fun.
    P.S. Some folks use a fork to perform the sequence of turns for completely cooking the Æbleskiver, I use two large knitting needles to turn them.

    1. monku Jan 10, 2010 01:44 PM

      Does the pan look something like this

      Used for making Abelskievers or Ebelskiver

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      1. re: monku
        kgreig Jan 11, 2010 09:16 AM

        yep, thats the one! I wonder if you could even do some sort of mini fritatta application or something beyond the filled puffs?

        1. re: kgreig
          janetms383 Jan 18, 2010 12:55 PM

          What, your MIL doesn't like you? J/K but a strange gift if you aren't Danish and don't know what it is :-)

          1. re: janetms383
            c oliver Jan 18, 2010 04:01 PM

            I think they've become a rather trendy item. I think Williams Sonoma even carries it. I am surprised it came with no recipes however.

            1. re: c oliver
              KosherHound Jan 18, 2010 06:11 PM

              Yes, they've definitely become a trendy item, which is probably why this woman's MIL thought to get it for her; she probably assumed her foodie daughter knew all about those funny-looking pans.

              1. re: KosherHound
                kgreig Jan 25, 2010 09:15 AM

                Kosher, you hit the nail on the head! I am not Danish, but have a darling MIL who wants to get me the newest and greatest trends. Now I only have to figure out how to use it!

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        karykat Jan 10, 2010 02:02 PM

        A local woman sells her pans and mix at our local farmers market and I've had the chance to watch her make the aebleskivers and taste them. They are a little fussy to make but not hard. In fact kind of entertaining.

        You can make them plain, or with a bit of fruit inside (apple, peaches, preserves) or savory (cheese, sauteed mushrooms, onions, or other vegies, or meat), So there are a million possibilities.

        The Aunt Else's site has a good video and tips too. I think you kind of need to see it done to visualize how these things work:


        1. c oliver Jan 10, 2010 02:23 PM

          Could someone please spell this phonetically? I've heard more than one version. I have my MIL's ones but haven't gotten around to making them although they seem to be all over the place lately.

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          1. re: c oliver
            greygarious Jan 10, 2010 02:52 PM

            EH-bel-skee-ver is pretty close. I've only heard it pronounced by Germans; the Danish may differ. If you look at the Wikipedia entry, it lists a bunch of festivals and fairs that feature them.

            1. re: greygarious
              greygarious Jan 18, 2010 03:55 PM

              The guy in the Aunt Else's video says "ebble skyuhr" and the closeup of the bag fo mix is printed thusly: eb-el-sku-wyr. Hearing this pronunciation, I am thinking that the etymology is related to the English word "skewer", as this it what he used to flip the pockets over. Apple is traditional so it's likely that "aebte/ebel" is "apple".

              1. re: greygarious
                another_adam Jan 18, 2010 06:06 PM

                æble is indeed able, but the skiver part means 'slices' (singular skive)- the actual English cognate is 'shive'! :)

                1. re: another_adam
                  greygarious Jan 18, 2010 06:11 PM

                  Able or apple? The Collins English dictionary speculates that "skewer" is derived from the dialect "skiver".

                  1. re: greygarious
                    another_adam Jan 18, 2010 07:30 PM

                    oops, I meant 'apple' :)

                    The OED also has skewer ~ skiver, but it seems to have means some kind of pin (or, well, skewer). The -r part in Danish is just the plural, related to English -s. So it's just the 'skive' part that's relevant in the comparison with English. And in fact, Scandinavian sk- is English sh- (except for some reborrowings via the vikings, like skirt, etc.- and probably also skewer?), so the most straightforward cousin of Danish skive 'slice' is English 'shive'

          2. lynnlato Jan 10, 2010 02:54 PM

            Oh my, these look delicious and like karykat said - entertaining to make too. Yum! Have fun!

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              hummingbird Jan 10, 2010 06:45 PM

              Here's another video, this one from Williams Sonoma.

              I recently bought one from Stonewall kitchen, I haven't mastered the technique yet, but still what I did was edible.

              You can put all kinds of things in them, just make sure not to use too much.

              Jams, spreads, Nutella, ham and cheese are just some examples.

              Good luck and have fun. I use chop sticks to turn.

              King Arthur calls them jam puffs, another spelling you may see is aebleskiver.

              1. Condimentality Jan 17, 2010 08:59 PM

                You can make takoyaki with it.

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                1. re: Condimentality
                  ScubaSteve Jan 18, 2010 12:51 PM

                  just what i was thinking.

                  1. re: Condimentality
                    another_adam Jan 18, 2010 06:07 PM

                    Yes, this is what I was thinking, too! Æbleskiver are usually rather larger than takoyaki, so you might need to cook them extra-long to make sure they're cooked through (the takoyaki batter is maybe a bit denser than the light fluffy æbleskiver?) But definitely worth a shot!

                    1. re: another_adam
                      karykat Jan 18, 2010 06:45 PM

                      I didn't know what takoyaki is so I looked it up on wikipedia. The entry specifically notes that the takoyaki pans are cast iron and similar to the aebleskiver pans. Here it is with a picture of one:


                      1. re: karykat
                        another_adam Jan 18, 2010 07:32 PM

                        Yep, identical principle and identical cooking-by-turning technique (except a chopstick is often used for takoyaki, whereas a knitting needle is supposed to be the traditional way to rotate your aebleskiver!). But takoyaki are usually sort of walnut-sized, I guess, whereas at least the aebleskiver I grew up with were more like ping-pong ball sized or a little bigger.

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                    gwendolynmarie Jan 18, 2010 09:01 AM

                    You don't have to restrict yourself to plain pancake batter. Pumpkin and potato pancakes work, as do omelette-souffles, brownies, cake, almost any muffin batter, cornbread, and beanballs. I'm working on falafel and arancini. I've held off on trying what is essentially mini-calzones and balls of cinnamon rolls as suggested by the box as I can imagine the dough becoming quite tough.

                    Also, these pans are quite similar to those used to make kanom krok, appam, and:

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                    1. re: gwendolynmarie
                      kgreig Jan 25, 2010 09:18 AM

                      that is sort of what I was thinking! That the application can essentially be used for anything "bite-sized" whether baked or pan-fried. I think I will start off with little frittata's and maybe the asian dumplings. Wish me luck!

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