Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ebelskivers and the Keebler Elves

Ebelskivers, Able Skeeblers... And how do you say spherical pancakes in Danish?

Yes, I know we're done blogging about Christmas, but I'm reliving a memory here... just deal with it. I remember my mom making "Able Skeeblers" for breakfast on Christmas mornings. In my memory we had them every year... In reality, maybe once or twice... Regardless, they obviously made an impression. I wondered at the unique moniker of these tasty, round treats--I recall thinking that the creators (those Skeeblers) must be related to the Keebler Elves. Distant relatives, you can be sure, and not nearly as famous, but obviously just as creative in the kitchen.

Now that I'm (older and) wiser, I recognize that these little dumplings (yes, technically they are dumplings and/or doughnuts--I checked!) are in fact Ebelskivers, and yes, I do know that elves are not involved in their making. Just the same, I was really excited to find an Ebelskiver pan at the store today! I didn't even hesitate to buy it--and I can't wait to make them for my kidsters.

Here's the one teeny tiny problem. The thing that makes these little goodies so dang tasty is the filling. While the "normal" person would have limitless choices for suitable filling, I have an issue. (OK--I have lots of issues--but let's just stick to the subject at hand...)

Here's the issue: I hate (abhor, distaste, find icky) anything involving cooked fruit. Most people fill these morsels with compote, jam or jelly--ew! I need some tantalizing suggestions that don't involve fruited fillings. I'm thinking of creamy custards, melted chocolate, sweetened creams... I suppose I could treat them like beignets and just powder them in confectioners sugar... And how about making them into savory little nibbles? I could fill them with melted cheeses and ham.

Hmmm. I'll have to give this some thought. What are your Suggestions???


Nadia said...

Oooohhh, I love ebelskivers. Good old fashioned Scandanavian ancestory.... While I like the jam fillings, the BEST is Nutella. Just a quick little dab on top and it sinks to the middle as they cook. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and you're good to go. Yum, yum, yum!

Olivia said...

Cream cheese would be good. But come on! What's wrong with applesauce? That's what my mom would use and we loved it. How about lemon custard? Or I guess you could try cinnamon sugar, sorta like cinnamon rolls.

Bebe said...

Seriously Olivia--did you not read the part about hating cooked fruit? Applesauce is the quintessential cooked fruit--all mushy and yuck! Good thing I still love ya!

But Nadia--awesome idea with the Nutella. And I always have that in the pantry! I may try that out tomorrow! Thanks

Bebe said...

For anyone who is keeping track, mini chocolate chips were a hit with the kids, but the requested sprinkles just melted into a mess. But oh, they were yummy!

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