Not to be missed. Anyone visiting Solvang mus sample Abelskiver (this is the way the spell it there, though in Danish it is Æbleskiver and is usually rendered into English as ebleskiver or aebleskiver). Nearly all the restaurants in Solvang bake their own and they vary a good deal.
Æbleskiver (Danish, meaning apple slices) are traditional Danish pastries, somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes. Æbleskiver are cooked in a special Æbleskiver pan, a cast-iron pan with several hemi-spherical indentations in the bottom of the pan. Batter is poured into the indentations and as it begins to cook it is flipped with a skewer to give the cakes their characteristic round shape. They are often cooked with bits of apple (Æble) or applesauce inside. Æbleskiver are not sweet themselves but are traditionally sprinkled with powdered sugar, accompanied with strawberry jam, and served with gløgg.
2 c. buttermilk
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
Beat egg yolks; add sugar, salt and milk. Add the remaining ingredients that have been sifted together. Last, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Place small amount of liquid shortening in each cup of muffin pan. Fill 2/3 full. Cook in 350 degree oven until bubbly; turn carefully and finish baking other side. Optional, may put a dab of applesauce in the middle of each.