Dec 8

Simple Cheesy Æbleskivers + A Giveaway!

in Bread, Breakfast, Danish, Product Reviews, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type

I LOVE LOVE LOVE æbleskivers (little round Danish pancake-like pastries–read more about them here). 

Aebleskivers 2

Last month I told you about my favorite food finds from the Foodbuzz Bloggers Festival, which included æbleskivers  from Aunt Else's Æbleskiver.  Chad Gillard, the president of Aunt Else's, and his wife were at the Foodbuzz bloggers festival making æbleskivers with their æbleskivers mix and promoting their cast iron aebleskiver pan.  

Aunt Else's at Foodbuzz Bloggers Festival

I was totally coveting the pan–a gorgeous heavy 9-hole cast iron pan (my own æbleskiver pan has only 7 holes).  Imagine my delight when I received an email from Chad a few weeks ago offering to send me a starter kit to review!  Um…yes?!?! 

Aebleskiver Start-up Kit

Aunt Else's was established in 2008 as a way of sharing the family æbleskiver recipe passed down by Else (Andersen) Jacobsen and Florence (Andersen) Henriksen.  The company was named in honor of Else, and the æbleskiver pan they sell is modeled after Else's own æbleskiver pan.

9-Hole Aebleskiver Pan

When I received my starter kit (the Starter Kit includes Aunt Else's 9-Hole Cast Iron Æbleskiver Pan, Aunt Else's Organic Æbleskiver Mix, a handle hot pad, and a stainless steel chopstick for turning the æbleskivers as they bake), I started out by seasoning my pan.  When it was finally ready (I'm very impatient when it comes to getting to eat my favorite treats!), I whipped a batch of cheesy æbleskivers using Aunt Else's mix and the pan.  These are so easy to make.  All you do is mix up some æbleskiver batter and make the æbleskivers, adding a 1/2-inch cube of cheddar cheese.  When they are finished cooking, I like to top them with a bit of minced parsley and some grated cheese. 

Cheesy Aebleskivers

If you've never made æbleskivers before, Aunt Else's has a fabulous how-to video that makes it oh-so-easy!

So what did I think of my Starter Kit?  The pan is definitely an upgrade from the one I've been using.  It is much heavier–a huge benefit because the pan maintains its temperature much better, making it easier to cook perfect æbleskivers.  The holes are also slightly bigger than the holes in my pan, which I loved.  And then, of course, there's the benefit of having 9-holes instead of 7!  The mix was delicious, making a wonderfully flavored batter.  I love that they use organic ingredients.

Cooking Aebleskivers

Ok, the best part is that Aunt Else's has agreed to give one of you your very own Aunt Else's Æbleskiver starter kit!  If you aren't the lucky winner, Aunt Else's has also agreed to give you a 10% discount on any purchase on www.AuntElse.comAnd, if you act fast (before the holidays) you can take advantage of free domestic shipping on any orders over $50!  To get the 10% discount, fan or follow Aunt Else's on Facebook, Twitter, Foodbuzz, or YouTube.  Then just include the fan/follow option you chose & "La Fuji Mama" in the "Add special instructions to the seller" section during the checkout process!

Aunt Else's

How to Enter:

For your first entry, please leave a comment telling me how you would eat your first batch of æbleskivers–what fillings or toppings would you use?

For Extra Entries:

Leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Follow Aunt Else's on Twitter.

2. Become a fan of Aunt Else's on Facebook.

3. Become a fan of Aunt Else's on Foodbuzz.

3. Become a fan of La Fuji Mama on Facebook.

4. Subscribe to La Fuji Mama.

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry, or your extra entries will not count!

I will keep the comments open until this Saturday, December 12th, 10 PM PST, and announce the winner (using a random number generator) on Sunday (December 13th).  This giveaway is open to the Continental US only.  GOOD LUCK!!

Update 12/12/09: Comments for the giveaway are closed, and I'll announce the giveaway winner tomorrow! (December 13, 2009) them!]

Update 12/13/09: The winner has been chosen–Congrats Molly!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise December 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Yum!! Aebleskivers, I like mine with jam!!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Yum… I have been meaning to get one of these pans. I love your cheese idea.  I think they'd been good with some herbed cheese or brie on the inside… sprinkled with fresh herbs! I'd love to try them with Nutella, too.


Monica J. December 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm

YUM. I would love to eat some with strawberries and whipped cream. Not very inventive, but delicious! ha ha


Monica J. December 8, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I'm a facebook fan! =)


Zakka Life December 8, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I would make them with pears and cinnamon.  I bet you could make takoyaki balls with that pan.  Just an idea.


The Foodie Forkful December 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Wow – I've never ever had Aebleskivers before, so I'm not sure how I'd have them! I'd be open to suggestions.  :)


Sally December 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I have never heard of Aebleskivers until today and my mouth is watering at the very thought! I do love pancakes – ultimate comfort food – hmmm what could I put in them – some brie and cranberry sauce – that might be nice – all melty and yummy – or sweet ones – banana perhaps with some maple syrup drizzled – or banana and nutella….oh my! I want to win so I can attempt to cook some myself!!! Whatever happens – thank you for the introduction!


Terra C December 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I'm thinking I'd throw in some sauteed apples and cinnamon! OH YUM!!!


Maureen December 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Because I love chocolate and so does my family it would be chocolate chips and perhaps a bit of toffe chips in them as well.


Irina December 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I read about aebleskivers for the first time in one of your earlier posts… then I remembered that William Sonoma is marketing a "filled pancake" pan that looks sooo similar…clever little trick on their part – do not have to use the "foreign" word aebleskivers!!!  :)  Such a clever idea of yours to do the savory ones – I wonder if you can also put herbs in the batter?  As a breakfast aficionado, I would like to stuff them with some blueberries or some sweetened sour cherries (I have some frozen, waiting for a perfect dish).  For the blueberries I would add some lemon zest to the batter…  I love pancakes with yogurt or simply with the maple syrop, so that would be it for me.  Thank you for posting about these – I can not wait to try them!!!  Love your blog in general, esp. the left over parts!  My dad NEVER would eat leftovers EVER but somehow I turned out the left over lover.  Sometimes I get lucky and transform them into something really different, sometimes it is just left overs…but it feels good to be prudent :)  sorry for the long post…


we are never full December 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

ok, i love the idea of these!! the filling possibilities are endless. i may add some delicious cabrales cheese and dried cranberries. maybe chorizo? possible stuff w/ pate?  AHHH ME WANTS.


mags December 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm

My favorite "skivers" are like pumpkin rolls. Pumpkin pancake batter with a cream cheese center. YUM!


Sara J. December 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Ooh! I have such a sweet tooth, so I think I'd go with chocolate chips and powdered sugar. 


Sara J. December 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I'm also a fan on facebook. 


amy December 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I would make my abelskiver filled with rasberries and topped with melted milk  chocolate…I'm also a fan/following 3/5 listed : )


keldeska December 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

ho damn you US people you are so lucky i dream about a pan like this but it's nearly impossible to find in France sniff sniff well I enjoyed the photos like always thanks for sharing^^


keldeska December 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

sorry for the second com but i was wondering if you could make takoyaki in this pan? or is it too big?thanks^^


Fuji Mama (Rachael) December 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Keldeska– Yes, you can use this pan to make takoyaki! Traditional takoyaki pans have smaller holes, so using this pan will produce larger than normal takoyaki. However, one of my favorite places to get takoyaki in Tokyo makes HUGE takoyaki…so this definitely isn’t a problem!


LeeYong December 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I most surely fill them with chocolate… and a light dusting of pwder sugar. Oh yeah! That would be great right about now!


Vicki December 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I've got a round 7-hole pan, and I'm ashamed to say I've never used it. I keep meaning to make takoyaki with it! If I went traditional, though, I'd probably go with jam. And how cool would a stainless steel chopstick be?


Fuji Nana December 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm

LeeYong, I'm with you.  Chocolate all the way, and maybe chocolate shavings on top, and of course served with hot cocoa.


Deanna December 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Oh I think just with any kind of jam would be wonderful!  I buy a lefse made by an Aunt something or other that is out of this world too!  Hee!


sunny December 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm

i've never heard of these before but they look delicious! I'll take a wild guess and go with nutella…can't really go wrong there :)


Eileen December 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Well, well, well . . . I'm thinking that just baking them per the mix and then rolling them in powdered sugar would do it for me! I, too, love that metal chop stick!


Cheryl W December 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I have never heard of  AEBLESKIVERs before, but this idea is genius.  I can think of a million way to dress these up but my hubsand's favorite breakfast gave me a great idea. I would insert some cooked sausage link chunks and then pour organic maple syrup over the top of the hot finished AEBLESKIVERs. Yummy good breakfast.


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Baking is my Zen December 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I've never tried these. But they look sooo good. Pancakes are my fav breakfast food. I will give these a try soon. Wonderful post. Enjoyed the video.


Katherine December 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Most definitely chocolate… can I eat these with ice cream?


Fuji Mama (Rachael) December 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Katherine—Yes! They’d be yummy with some ice cream!


Katherine December 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I subscribe to La Fuji Mama!


Cheryl W December 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I subscribe to La Fuji Mama


Sharon S December 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Just became a fan on Facebook!


Sharon S December 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I received an aebleskiver pan a few months ago and have been making them occasionally for the family in the AM, but really love the Aunt Else's resource. That YouTube video is pure genius and I had no idea you didn't have to separate the eggs. That makes the preparation so much easier!
Our favorite fillings at this time of year are apple butter, pumpkin butter, or lingonberry jam. Very delicious!
And my kids are nut  – allergic, but I imagine these would be absolute HEAVEN filled with Nutella. I can almost taste it now. Mmmmmm.


Sharon S December 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm

We love these filled with pumpkin butter, apple butter or lingonberry jam.
My children are nut allergic, but my husband and I thought Nutella would make a tremendously good filling. Maybe sometime when the kiddies are sleeping at a friend's house!


Sharon S December 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Became a fan of Aunt Else's on Face book.


Nastassia December 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I've seen these yummy treats around, but have never made one at home! if I had this nifty pan I would make them with a sweet apple cinnamon filling- not boring but classic!


Nastassia December 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm

now i'm a aunt else's follower on twitter! i can't believe i missed these at the Foodbuzz fest! damn!


Oanh S December 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

 I would fill them with chocolate and dust with powdered sugar!


Mike December 9, 2009 at 2:25 am

Horray!  Maybe I now have a use for my old Takoyaki pan.
I think they'd taste great with some red bean paste or curry, like little manju.


Carole December 9, 2009 at 4:18 am

I've yet to have an Aebleskivers, but I think I'd make sweet ones–probably with blueberries or cranberries.


Glenda December 9, 2009 at 5:58 am

Since I'd never had one before I think I start simple and top them with butter or powdered sugar and then work my way up from there.


Arlene Gunter December 9, 2009 at 7:06 am

Don't know how to pronounce them,  but know I'd eat them with carmelized apples and creme fraiche


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

You know what's funny? I had never even heard of thee until i went to the PW book signing wit hMichelle of Big Black Dogs. She was looking for the pan when we stopped in to Williams Sonoma. I would probably make something sweet with a cream filling MMMMM


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

Following on twitter!


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:21 am

Became a fan on facebook!


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:21 am

Already your fan on facebook :) 


Amanda December 9, 2009 at 7:22 am

Already a subscriber of your fabulous blog! :) 


Katrina December 9, 2009 at 8:02 am

I just became your fan on FB!


Katrina December 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

I have never tried those ebelskivers and have always wanted to.  I'm sure my first ones would involve something chocolate! ;)


Jennifer December 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

I would fill mine with nutella!


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