I'm not sure of when I first ran into the concept. It's not a common one in Dean's family. Traditions run more Norwegian lefse, herring, and the very occasional lutefisk. (Dean bought me a lefse roller from the Sons of Norway sale a few weeks ago...so stay tuned for that adventure.)
Anyway, I ran across aebleskiver on the Internet, and fell in love with the idea of round pancakes.
I annoyed a fellow blogger I follow with details of her pan.
I placed the pan on my Garage Sale list.
I scoured the Sons of Norway sale and the All-City Garage Sale.
I followed the term on Ebay.
Finally I just made a jump and bid on a pan. I paid more in shipping (6lb!) then for the pan itself.
Here I'm buttering the pan. That's strawberry jam with the spoon sticking out of it.
There are many recipes on the Internet, but they're fairly similar. Very close to a buttermilk pancake recipe. A few of the boys felt the first one we tried was too eggy, so I dropped the eggs down from 4 to 2 the next time and it was perfect.
Whip the egg whites until stiff. Mix the rest and then carefully fold in whites at the end.
It actually didn't take as long to make them as I thought. And don't expect perfectly round. Mine never were (more football or egg shaped). Once the pan is properly heated they cook fairly quickly. I would butter, pour, add filling and then check for turning. Usually they were ready. I would do a 1/3 or 1/2 turn then wait for the full turn. Every time it started to brown I would flip it over a little more. Usually 2-3 turns were all it needed to come around full circle. I used a wooden chopstick.
And they were good! We tried many different fillings;
dipped in butter with rolled in cinnamon/sugar
applesauce with cinnamon/sugar
I think the jam and blueberries were the best. The dried cranberries weren't very good and the applesauce made it hard to see if they were done inside (although when they were it was good).
A definite hit. Dean was most impressed and even called his Danish grandmother about it.
Of course, now I'm on the hook for lefse.