Grandmother’s Ebleskiver (alternate spelling is Aebleskiver) pan is on the closet shelf of a bedroom long since abandoned by my son. This is the prime spot as the pan is one of great sentimentality and I can’t bear it being slammed against the other pans in my kitchen.

This is funny because it looks quite sorry with a pocked surface and browned top which happens when pans are oiled and left too long on the burner. It could be remedied but I think our Grandmother would have objected to that. Her house was spotless but that pan escaped the suffering of good Danish scrubbing.

Antique Ebleskiver Pan

Grandmother, or Nana as we called her, was born in 1902 in Elsinore, Utah. She was the tenth child of Danish immigrants Hans Peter and Emma Madsen Hansen. Elsinore is a tiny, quaint town in Sevier County, Utah off Highway 89. Our mother was born there as well.

Every few years I’ll whiz by while on the interstate and a profound sadness will envelope me as I consider the history there and those that have passed on before me. Fortunately, I soon break that spell by yelling out a family mantra that surfaces every time we hear the name of the town. “I snore you snore, we all snore in Elsinore!”

A Danish Family Tradition

Nana on horseback in Yellowstone Park.

Nana loved a cup of strong coffee with cream and sugar and a plate of fresh-baked Ebleskiver. These are a traditional Danish treat – a small, round fluffy pancake baked in a special pan.  They are best served right out of the pan with sugar and jam.

It takes a little practice to get them looking presentable but no one will care about appearance once they take a bite!

The Ebelskiver pan is unusual but readily available in most Scandinavian specialty shops or online. So get the family together and create your own new tradition!

Danish Ebleskiver (Aebleskiver)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups buttermilk


Separate the egg whites and beat with an electric mixer until are stiff and peaked, set aside. In a large bowl add the egg yolks (stir together) then add the sugar and the melted butter (cool a little before blending to avoid cooking the eggs). Add the flour and remaining dry ingredients and stir well. Next, gently fold in the egg whites.

Heat the pan until medium hot and add 1/4 t. of butter or margarine into each cup of the pan. Using a tablespoon add the batter to 2/3 full. When you see the edges get a little dry and the batter bubbles (like a pancake would) take a fork or knitting needle on the edge of each one and gently turn them over. The inside batter will come out on the turned side and a nice round little treat will form. Continue cooking until nicely brown and done. You can rotate them if necessary for even browning.

Dust with powdered sugar if you like and serve with jam, syrup or cinnamon sugar for dipping!

It takes a little time to get the hang of it but even the ugly ones taste good! You may need to adjust your pan heat if they brown too fast. Practice makes perfect.

These are a Christmas tradition in my home and we serve them for breakfast with scrambled eggs and hot coffee!


There are a variety of pans to choose from.  I personally like a heavier cast-iron pan to get even browning.  I found this Ebleskiver (Aebleskiver) Pan on Amazon.  They have many other styles and prices to fit most budgets.   

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28 Responses to Nana’s Danish Ebleskivers

  1. Jill says:

    I haven’t heard of these before – but they sound and look delicious! Do you know if there’s a way of making them without the special pan? I’ll have to have a look around to see if I can find one like it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Jill! Thanks for coming by. They are yummy!! I cannot think of a way to make them without the pan. You could look at second hand stores and just scrub it good. There are less expensive ones on amazon – like $19.99 I think. I hope it works for you!! Let us know and share you pics! All the best ~ Denise

  2. Winnie says:

    These look fantastic! Just looking at them and I’m hungry 🙂
    There is something special about childhood food memories… 🙂

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Winnie! You are so right about food and childhood memories. I do miss those carefree days of youth! Thanks for you nice comment.

  3. Rosemary says:

    They look delicious.

  4. Rita May says:

    I have an ebleskivers pan and have made these cuties a few times. I’ll try your recipe the next time I make them, probably this weekend.Pinned it too!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Rita May. Let me know how they turn our for you! Post your pics!
      Very best wishes for success,

  5. These look wonderful! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays!

  6. Catherine says:

    Dear Denise, What a beautiful story. These look wonderful, I can only imagine how heavenly they are in the morning. Found you through Two Cup Tuesday and now following. Blessings, Catherine

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hello Catherine! What a lovely comment and I appreciate it so much. Thanks for the follow, we always return the love.

  7. Rosey says:

    A most uniqe and excellent share!

  8. PaulaMS says:

    I have never heard of these but they sure look delish.

    I found you on the Wonderful Wednesday Hop

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Paula! So glad you came to visit us at BeBetsy – We appreciate you comment! All the best ~ Denise

  9. Marie says:

    I love stories that include recipes and family. It’s such a great feeling when you can make something that previous generations have made and enjoyed throughout the decades. The Ebleskivers look so delicious and fun to eat! I happen to have one of those pans so I’ll pin this post and hope to make them soon!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Thank your Marie – you read the entire post?! 🙂 That makes me happy. Thank you for your wonderful words and for coming by. Best of luck with your Ebleskivers and upload a picture! Remember – they don’t have to look great to taste good.
      All the best ~ Denise

  10. What a great story! These look delicious too 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays..have a good weekend!

  11. Nicole says:

    Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!

  12. something new to try!!! yum. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo

  13. Nancy W says:

    We have a good friend that made these for us last summer. Going to pin your recipe to try myself! Thank you so much for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you again this Thursday!

  14. Becca says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

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