Aebleskiver are popping up all over the place. The shaped pans are available in just about every kitchen store, while just a few short years ago, very few consumers (US consumers, at least, as the pans are a Danish) had heard of the pancakes. Well, some people still aren’t sure on the name because those kitchen stores tend to prefer calling them “pancake puffs,” “filled pancakes” or other similar nicknames. Whatever they’re called, the fluffy pancake balls are tasty and easy to make. The only trick to them is getting them turned over in the pan so that they cook evenly and actually turn out to be little spheres, rather than slightly smushed dough balls.
The traditional way of turning aebleskiver is to use a crochet hook to snag the side of a pancake and give it a quick turn halfway through the cooking process. For most of us, a long, thin stick or skewer will work just as well. The skewer should be inserted into the top of the pancake at an angle, so it pokes through the “shell” that is already cooked against the pan. Once the skewer is in, it should be easy to give the pancake a quick turn. You’ll get an even brown all over, and won’t be able to see the tiny hole you made when turning the pancake.