Buttermilk Ebleskivers (Danish Pancakes)

You'll need a special ebleskiver pan to make these light and fluffy pancake balls. The original name of these is aebleskiver, meaning apple slices, which were once used for the filling. Today's Danish cooks use jam and other fillings in this popular dessert.

brunch spread of Buttermilk Ebleskivers (Danish Pancakes), bacon, fruit, and cups of syrup and jam
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
4 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
24 mins
21 ebleskivers


  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted

  • Desired filling such as seedless raspberry or strawberry jam (or your favorite jam or jelly), apple butter, chocolate-hazelnut spread, caramel-flavor ice cream topping, lemon or orange curd, or canned pudding

  • Desired sauce such as hot fudge sauce, caramel-flavor ice cream topping, maple syrup, blueberry syrup, or other fruit syrup

  • Chopped pecans; chopped fresh strawberries; or fresh blueberries, blackberries, and/or raspberries (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a rimmed baking pan with a wire rack. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. In a large bowl stir together next six ingredients (through salt). In a small bowl combine egg yolks, buttermilk, and 2 Tbsp. of the melted butter. Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine.

  2. In a medium bowl beat egg whites with a mixer on medium to high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold about 1/3 cup of the beaten whites into the batter, then fold remaining whites into batter.

  3. Brush the wells of an ebleskiver pan with remaining 1 Tbsp. melted butter. Set pan over medium heat. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. of the batter into each prepared well. Spoon about 1 tsp. of the desired filling onto the center of batter in each well, then top with another 1 Tbsp. of the batter.

  4. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until edges are set and bottoms are lightly browned and crisp. Using two spoons or short wooden skewers, carefully turn ebleskivers. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more or until bottoms are lightly browned and crisp. Transfer to prepared baking pan. Keep warm in oven while preparing remaining ebleskivers.

  5. To serve, top with desired sauce and, if you like, pecans or berries. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

49 Calories
2g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 21
Calories 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 32mg 1%
Folate, total 13.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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