Other Sweet Treats

If At First You Don’t Succeed

We totally bombed with our initial aebleskivers attempt.  A complete bomb.  What should’ve been puffy popover-like Danish pancakes turned into sticky, gunky mess. The main reason this happened is because we didn’t follow directions.  We are both well-educated, intelligent young adults, yet we tend to fail when it comes to directions.  We’ll read them, but we don’t follow them.  That is usually not a problem for recipes, but it doesn’t work when you’re using a cast iron pan for the first time.  It’s just a fact.  You have to season your cast iron pan.  If you don’t season your pan, you’ll end up with a mess on your hands and in the pan.  Cleaning it up is not fun, and you may feel discouraged with the second attempt. And that’s exactly what happened.

Do you see that aebleskiver pan? The wonderful Chad at Aunt Esle’s sends us an aebleskiver starter kit, and that’s what we do! We’re sure Chad forgave us for this misstep. If you could’ve seen our faces as we stared at the marred cast iron, you would have known just how silly we felt. We knew we had to redeem ourselves with a second attempt. The pan was properly cleaned, properly seasoned and properly re-broken in. And this time, we followed the directions. It worked perfectly, and they tasted just like we remembered from the November Foodbuzz Festival. We even made a peppery jam similar to the one that was served with the aebleskivers during the afternoon Tasting Pavillion. Try, try again, they say. Try, try again.


Strawberry Balsamic Pepper Jam – Makes 1 1/2 cups
3/4 pound strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
3 ounces balsamic vinegar (We used the Napa Valley Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar with Pear from the Foodbuzz Festival.)

1.  Add all of the ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium high heat and stir until combined.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat.

2.  Once jam has cooled pour through a sieve and press through to remove all the liquid.  Make sure no peppercorns go through.

3.  Cover and chill until ready to use.


One of the best things about aebleskivers is how you can make any variation that comes to mind. They can be savory or sweet, filled or topped, dusted or dipped. You can flavor the batter with a bit of liqueur, cocoa powder, citrus zest or a little fresh juice if you want to give them your own twist. In an effort to show we could tackle aebleskivers again, we served them for a party stuffed with a mix of mashed potatoes, cilantro, cream and butter. With a fully seasoned pan, these fluffy pancake balls were two easy bites that everyone enjoyed.

This is a big thank you to the folks at Aunt Else’s who sent us the starter kit to test out ourselves.  If you’re looking for a tutorial on the best way to make your aebleskivers work, check out Aunt Else’s video on Youtube!

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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29 thoughts on “If At First You Don’t Succeed

  1. what are these yummy looking things on the left hand side of the platter? Are they mashed potato thing? mmmm…. gotta try too!

    I’m doing the Aebleskiver Starter kit Giveaway & Interview w/ Chad on 2/18 7m PT, so pls invite your readers (esp those folks here who commented and want to try at home. : )
    Details: http://wp.me/ptOaj-ll (Space limited. Sign up in advance to get call in #.)

  2. Some one ask me to help them put together a stereo shelf once and I asked “Where are the directions” they looked at me like I just asked for gold bullion… but, when it comes to cooking, I read the directions, and still in my head its like scrambling around and ends up totally different! I have seen these before on other blogs, but I must say yours look pretty darn tasty, better than I have seen…

  3. It’s so funny, I’ve seen them make those on FOOD TV, yet you never think that it’s not going to work out! I have to get me one of those pans! I think you are right, the options are endless!

  4. Love love love ableskivers! I brought my brother some on Thanksgiving I made with left over pumpkin from the pie I made and he fainted.

    So my SIL bought him a ableskivers pan for Christmas… and GUESS WHO made breakfast that morning for her brother…

    They are a timeless treat that can be savory or sweet – breakfast or snack.

    And the spoils are best served with lots of syrup and bacon while you watch Saturday morning cartoons.

    Just saying.

  5. The only reason it worked for me the first time is that I cook almost exclusively with cast iron pans. I have about six of them hanging, seasoned. But, I could just have easily made a big mess not knowing about the seasoning. You totally kicked it with the mashed potatoes stuffing and I’m going to copy your peppery jam. I’m so glad you didn’t give up.

  6. I’m sorry but that pan photo has me cracking up because I can definitely relate lol I’m glad you guys tried the 2nd time around, great success!

  7. OMG, I laughed out loud at the first pic! That’s what my baking adventures normally look like, hence, I don’t bake much! 😀

    Have a great weekend you guys!

  8. I always admire people willing to take pictures of their flops. I’m usually embarassed to write about them, let alone photograph them.

    I keep seeing those pans and am so tempted to buy one. Those little pancackes look like so much fun, but my kitchen is full to bursting right now and I’m afraid I’ll have an avalanche if I tried to fit anything else in.

  9. I think everyone has a recipe (or two, or three) that has bombed completely. Not everyone would admit it! The jam looks really tasty, as does the second attempt at the thing I can’t spell or pronounce.

  10. I bought one of those pans in Singapore and got really scared of it after a similar disaster…you guys managed to conquer after all! I shall try again! (And the jam sounds amazing!)

  11. I’ve made the mistake of not seasoning a pan myself … its a mistake you only need to make once! Congrats on the subsequent batches, they look wonderful! I’m dying to try these myself someday.

  12. so happy you tried again . They look marvelous. Now….how can I get my hands on some fo the mix for the things I cannot pronounce. 🙂
    I want to try some too. I know all about those cast iron pans. 🙂
    PS. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. If by chance you decide to make the Banana Nut Bread Cobbler you will want to take another look at my recipe. I forgot to add a couple key ingredients when I posted it. Urgh! I fixed it tho.

  13. A job well done on the second batch. I really want my own pan. That’s one the great things about cooking. You can always make them a second time.

  14. I LOVE abelskivers! My uncle used to make them for us when we were little (from scratch) and they were always such a treat. I finally got my own pan this past Christmas! The first batch was definitely tricky, but got easier with practice. We made ours with a caramel apple filling. Can’t wait to try your jam!

  15. Heh, that’s another one of the reasons I haven’t tried making my own ‘skivers yet. The second batch looks fantastic though.

  16. what an inspiring post! Although it’s still hard to believe that the two of you EVER mess up in the kitchen 🙂 glad it worked out! They look awesome!

  17. I bombed my first attempt too. Way too much burnt brown sugar. Then I decided to skip making the brown sugar ones and just made plain ones and they worked but tasted, well, really plain. I’ve got some more recipes to check out… sweet and savory, so I’m hoping for better luck on those. Looks like you guys got the hang of it!

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