A cast iron Aebleskiver pan is the cutest thing. It is used to make pretty little Danish pancakes or Aebleskivers, traditionally stuffed with apples.

I wanted one to make savory appams, a south Indian dish made of lentil-rice batter. My long-time Danish friend is currently slumming it out in South India; he hates the food! The idea of making appams in an aebelskiver pan did not appeal to him at all. Ah, well, what does he know.

This is the quick version made of semolina, yogurt and spices, and here are the step-by-step instructions.

The first batch did not turn out well. Cooking appey involves flipping them over when half done, since the batter is still wet on the top, it takes some practice. Silver lining- regardless of any flipping oops moments, the cakes cook perfectly.

The second batch was much better.

They were Yum!

The similarities between different world cuisines/cooking utensils is fascinating. I imagine something originating at one point and then diverging in two directions; or traveling from one place to another and getting modified along the way. The Mexican tortilla and the Indian roti, the Chinese wok and the Indian would be so much fun to trace the genealogy of food and things related.

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10 Responses to Appam-skivers

  1. Karen Lynn says:

    I bet the first batch tasted as good as the second! :))

  2. Purplesque says:

    It did..I barely had time to take pictures in a roughshod way..we wanted to eat them while they were piping hot!

  3. dewitte says:

    That looks like something for poaching eggs, but I like what you are using it for a lot better. Those look yummy.

  4. Emjay says:

    To me this also looks like something for poaching eggs! – but then we all know how much time I spend in the kitchen!Looks good as usual!

  5. Purplesque says:

    Thank you..:) another addition to the breakfast 'rescue' list.

  6. Purplesque says:

    Judging by that divine meal the astro-dweeb whipped up, why should you have to?! Thank you! 🙂

  7. Olivia says:

    That IS the cutest thing ever! I never heard of it! now I will not rest until I find one for myself!

  8. Purplesque says:

    🙂 It is on Amazon. And I believe you can put any kind of pancake/waffle batter in it!

  9. Drude says:

    Yummm, Æbleskiver???? – what? Indian style??? Never tried those.I didn't know anything like this existed ANYwhere else in the world (than Denmark).. Use a knitting needle (or a thin wooden skewer for barbeque/shaslik sort of things) to flip them. You tip out the still liquid content as you turn them… and then fold what was the bottom over as a lid… one fluid movement.Then wriggle the needle out. I've always wondered how people got the idea to make what's basically pancakes in this particular shape which requires a whole special pan just for that???Was it some medieval marketing scheme?Somebody went over to the smith and said… I just got this idea that it would be really cool to make spheric pancakes… how about you invent a special pan for it? you could patent the pan and when it catches on every household will need to buy two pans one flat and one with aebleskive wells so you'd get twice the business…

  10. Purplesque says:

    Lmao..Medieval marketing scheme… imagine that!I did not know about Aebelskivers or appams..but now I can make both in my pan! Thanks for the flipping tips..I'm getting better at it.

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