Favorite Things: Filled Pancake Pan

ebelskiver, filled pancakes

Hi! Welcome to a new category on fig&fennel: Favorite Things. If you have something you’d like me to review, send a message and I’ll happily do it!

This coming weekend, something shocking, terrifying, unspeakable is happening…I am turning 30. I don’t know why this birthday is weirding me out so much. When other people say they’re 30 I think, wow! young! When other people say they’re 40 I think, wow! young! But for whatever reason, I’ve had a bit of a hard time over the last couple of months reconciling it all. But now that the week is here, I’m feeling a bit better about it. What more could I possibly have wanted by 30? (ok I can tell you, counter space). I’ve tried hard to replace my freak out feelings with gratitude, which is always easy to do with Sexy Husband treating me like I’m perfection and Picky Princess entertaining me with her 4 year old wit, and Foodie Baby’s cheeks. It also helped that my mom took me for some hardcore birthday shopping today! My mom is amazing. She is honestly the most generous person in the world. I’m sure of it. If you like her socks, she will peel them off her feet for you. SERIOUSLY GENEROUS. And fun. So we went shopping. One of the treasures she bought me is this Filled Pancake Pan! Such a super fun gift, and of course I will make SURE that the whole Village benefits from it. Filled pancakes are regular pancakes that are…filled. You can fill them with anything and they turn out to be cute little round pancakes that seem almost like a donut. Amazing. We invited neighbors over to try it out tonight and they worked perfectly and were a total hit! These little treats are traditionally from Denmark and are called Ebelskiver.

Today I filled them with: Nutella(Sexy Husband’s second love), blueberries, apples cranberries and cinnamon, cheddar tomatoes and basil, goat cheese and dill. So everyone picked whichever kinds they wanted and we had our fill. I think they would be amazing with lemon curd, chocolate, ham and cheese, really the options are endless!

I followed the recipe that came with the pan and they were light and eggy. Next time I’ll experiment a bit with different flours and fillings. But if you are a regular breakfast/brunch connoisseur, or know someone who is, consider this as a great gift! We got this one from Williams Sonoma as you can see HERE.

Essentially, you heat the pan, pour in a tbs of batter. Plunk a tsp of filling in the middle, top with another tbs of batter, and then use a chopstick to flip it over to brown the other side. So easy and fun.

Happy Breakfast!

batter, then filling, then batter

here they've been flipped and puffed

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 20:25:53

    Ok. I think my roommate might be annoyed if I bring one more gadget home but I may have to get this. One day. I (heart) Pancakes!


  2. Stine
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 21:29:59

    Oops. If you post my comment, could you post it with my first name only?Sorry. Hope it is no problem. Thanks.


    • figandfennel
      Nov 30, 2010 @ 22:08:15

      Welcome! Glad you found me! I will DEFINITELY try it with powdered sugar and marmalade!

      “How funny is that. I just discovered your blog this week and I love your healthy recipes and your postive attitude, so I am now a happy recipient of your newsletter, thank you. I am also a fellow foodie. So I relate to most of what you say. I even have a picky princess and a foodie baby – and a foodie teenager. Anyway, I am also Danish. And I have eaten aebleskiver all my life. But only around christmas. It is very much a holiday food for us. And we only eat it one way. The sweet version with powdered sugar and marmelade. The adventurous eaters may add a little lemon zest or cardamomme to the dough. I was surprised and inspired by all your creative suggestions. I may even try one, because of course I have my aeblekiver pan in the pantry.”


  3. kjanzen
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 10:41:21

    This is SO fun! I have never heard of anything like this. I can just imagine all the possibilities that you will come up with for this little device!


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  5. Kristy-Anne
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 16:14:02

    How come I am danish and fully didn’t know you were danish, and yet I have never had these pancakes? HOW COME. I relate way to more dane side than my Ukrainian side. Cabbage rolls, sausage, and perogys? Nope. Cheese and pastry… hello!

    I want one of these… so fun! YUM!


  6. figandfennel
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 16:36:08

    Do I say in there I’m Danish? I’m not. I must have lied. ha! but how did I not know YOU are Danish? but I agree…cheese and pastry? holla!


  7. Stine
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 18:32:23

    I’m the Danish one. Not a pastry, a real person 🙂 and I thought I would tell you a little more about those delicious treats. The recipe dates back hundreds of years – before stoves. It was essentially a fritter with a sliced apple inside. The word ‘aebleskiver’ literally means sliced apples. The batter contained flour, beer, yeast, egg, cardamomme and water. It was a special holiday treat back then, when cookies were none existent. Imagine that!


  8. Camill
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 09:09:16

    I love these! Its funny actually, my family is making them right now!! We are filling them with all kinds of fruits, and chocolate, and really yummy things!



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