Friday, September 26, 2008

Ebelskiver Pancakes

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As you may or may not know, I am slightly obsessed with Williams Sonoma and all of their wonderful cooking gadgets. A few weekends ago I went and purchased an ebelskiver pan (and an AWESOME, top of the line cheese grater, but that is a whole other story). Ebelskiver pancakes are dutch pancakes that are round, fluffy and usually stuffed with something yummy. I had seen the pan in the catalog with some apple cinnamon filled delights and I had to go buy it.

I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients, including some canned apple pie filling because I was too hungry to think about making THAT from scratch at the time. I went home and started preparing the batter . . . thinking it would be a relatively simple process. I was wrong. As it turns out, ebelskivers are so light and fluffy because the cook has to separate out the egg whites from the egg yolks and whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until they are a meringue consistency and THEN mix the delicate egg white mixture in carefully with the rest of the batter. It took me about 30 minutes to prepare the batter alone. Then, the fun part started: cooking the little things. They cooked quickly and turned easily using toothpicks ( I am super anal about NOT ruining my non-stick surfaces).

I pulled out the first batch, layered on some powdered sugar and maple syrup and gave it to my friend to try . . . dun dun dun . . . he loved them! Hooray! I made another batch and tried them myself, I was less than impressed. They were good, but I think they could have been SO much better with a filling made from scratch. So, I went online and found lots of new fillings to try: raspberry, lemon mascarpone, chocolate . . . I am excited to try out my new pan again, but with more time and a filling from scratch.

I don't think I will be able to try this weekend because I am just too busy trying to finish my painting project and heading back to Gig Harbor to meet up with friends. Once I do try again I will post how it went . . . and if it is actually good . . . maybe a recipe too!

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