Article first published as Pancake Puffs on Blogcritics.I'm usually not one for unitaskers... you know, those gadgets that have only one purpose? They tend to be a waste of money and take up room in my kitchen. But I've made a rare exception. I scored a cast iron Ebelskiver pan at a thrift store for $2 that I just couldn't pass up. If you're not familiar, Ebelskivers are Danish pancakes that are round and puffy instead of flat. They can be made sweet or savory, just as pancakes, but are much more light. Once I had my Ebelskiver pan in hand, I was anxious to try them out. The result? I can't imagine starting the day without this pan. My family, especially my little son loves Pancake Puffs and it's just made our mornings a little sweeter. These light and fluffy puffs of dough lend themselves to endless flavor possibilities and are perfectly delicious on its own!...
Now before I go on, Ebelskiver and pancake batter are two different things. Ebelskiver batter is much lighter, similar to popovers whereas pancake batter is a bit heavier and denser. I've been using my Ebelskiver pan with pancake batter which is perfectly fine and they still come out light and fluffy. I have yet to make true Ebelskivers with a proper batter, which involves wheat flour, buttermilk, cream, eggs and sometimes yeast. But for now, using a store-bought or homemade pancake mix works just as well. This is a pretty basic recipe but you can jazz it up by incorporating sweet and/or savory ingredients. We happen to like them plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar and dipped in warm maple syrup. Yum! Maybe I'll venture out and add some chocolate chips, fresh fruit or even dulce de leche for something sweet. And for savory ideas, how about trying them with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, sautéed veggies, etc?
(pancake mix from Alton Brown)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (check expiration date first)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to mix.
To make Pancake Puffs:
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup "Instant" Pancake Mix, recipe above or store bought brand such as Krusteaz
cooking spray for greasing the pan
Heat ebleskiver pan over medium high heat.
Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, melted butter and the buttermilk in a large bowl.
Add the pancake mix and using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don't try to work all the lumps out.
Check to see that the ebleskiver pan is hot by placing a few drops of water onto to the pan. The pan is ready if the water dances across the surface.
Lightly grease the pan with cooking spray. Gently pour in 1 tablespoon into each well of the ebelskiver pan. When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the Pancake Puff and the griddle-side of the Pancake Puff is golden, gently flip them using skewers. Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the Pancake Puffs are set.
Serve immediately and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup to dip in.