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{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

by | Jun 7, 2013 | Holiday Entertaining, Recipes

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{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

Breakfast Ideas

My family has a long standing tradition of brunch making. We love having a special recipe for family get togethers and lazy Saturdays! So, I am very excited to share a delicious recipe with you today, one of our new favorite breakfast ideas, inspired by the weekend getaway my husband and I went on to a B & B called Abendblume in Leavenworth, WA where they served traditional Danish pancakes called Ebelskivers. This B & B was like staying in a European country inn — so comfy and charming, and the breakfast was DIVINE!

I don’t think I  had ever heard of these little delicious almost-but-not-really-donut-hole-like breakfast cakes before, but WOWZERS we loved ’em!

{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

We were so excited when we recently stumbled upon an Ebelskiver pan at Costco and that sealed the deal, we were going to attempt to make our own at home. The pan even came with a cookbook, so lots of recipes to try!

I love breakfasts with fun variations. You can fill these delicious pancakes with anything you like, lingonberry jam, chocolate, cream cheese, blueberries, apple filling, NUTELLA!, whatever! DELICIOUS!

{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

For our first attempt, we decided to not fill them with anything, but to use an Apple Syrup like they used at the Bed & Breakfast because it was so good! We added some tasty fresh organic blueberries and powdered sugar to make it pretty. I only had whole wheat pastry flour so ours were a little darker and grainier than I remember at the B&B, but still so so yummy! And clearly mine are not exactly round so I need to perfect my technique haha.

{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

These can be made various ways, and you can apparently even use a regular pancake mix, but you might want to separate the eggs.

Below is the special pan you use to make Ebelskiver! You can find a pan like mine HERE.

{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup


2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs (separated, you will need both the yolks and whites)
3/4 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose)
2 T sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
cooking oil

Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
Combine the 2 egg yolks, buttermilk, flour, vanilla, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and melted butter and mix until smooth. Fold in beaten egg whites.

Preheat your Ebelskiver pan on the stove top. Pour about 3/4 teaspoon of oil into each round. When the oil is hot, add a heaping tablespoon of the batter to fill each round about 3/4 full.

When the batter is bubbly around the edges, turn each pancake upside down with a fork.

Continue cooking, frequently turning, until the cakes are done all the way through and golden brown on all sides. Remove the pancakes when done and keep warm in the oven.

Cinnamon Apple Syrup

1 cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1 can of apple juice concentrate
1 tsp. lemon juice

Heat all ingredients over medium heat until desired thickness.

{Breakfast Ideas} Ebelskivers with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

Enjoy! And be sure and stay at Abendblume in Leavenworth  if you get the chance! We highly recommend it.

*Try more of our personal favorite breakfasts, Puff Pancakes, our Best Banana Bread Recipe and our favorite Easter Brunch Recipe (which is really good anytime, a spinach sausage egg dish!)


  1. Linda Stoll

    This is looking just plain DELICIOUS, Melissa … I was craving a donut or two this morning, but this takes the cake, my friend!


  2. Paige

    lurrrve ebelskivers (and pretty much all breakfast pastry carbs ever, yummy yummy) thanks for the recipe!

  3. Catherina

    My oh my!! Thanks for deciding what I will be making for my kiddies for breakfast this morning! Lol. I grew up in Denmark so Æbleskiver are quite a special thing to me and my family. My personal favorite combination is to not fill them and than dip them in rasberry jam and dust with powdered sugar. I will have to try your recipe for the syrup, it looks and sounds divine. A little tip from my great grandma Kristense Valborg Rasmussen was to turn her Æbleskiver with a knitting pin, makes it easier to get a perfectly round ball. I just use a long wooden skewer since I am no knitter!lol. Well thanks for the breakfast inspiration Melissa! And as we say in Denmark after we finish a yummy meal “Tak for mad, Melissa”! = “thank you for the food Melissa”!….;-)

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh what an awesome tip! Mine didn’t turn out perfectly round (as you can see, haha) so I’ll try a skewer next time! Thanks for sharing your story, I LOVE IT! I love that we can share all these stories and recipes from around the world!! xo

  4. Faith

    Looks oh so yummy! I don’t have the proper pan, so how would you suggest I prepare them? Do you think an egg poach pan would do? Or on the griddle like a traditional pancake – maybe thicker?

  5. Rosemary

    Thank you so much for this amazing, mouth-watering “gift” to us… I will make this Sunday morning; we are moving this weekend, but will stop to enjoy this with my family…..YUM!!!

  6. Beverly

    We love ebelskivers, too. They are so light and delicious – and fun, too. I haven’t tried them with Nutella, but it sounds yummy!

  7. Anne

    Being Danish too, I can give you another tip from a grandmother. Mine did mot use cooking oil or butter for the pan, but something called “palmin”. It is hardened coconut oil and it makes the æbleskiver very crisp on the surface. And she would never dream of filling them but served them with dusting sugar and jam, preferably strawberry but that is up to you :-)

  8. Julie

    Ebelskivers are a Christmas morning tradition in my husband’s family. I was given an ebelskiver pan and recipe book as a Christmas gift when we were first engaged and feel compelled to continue the tradition. They are so yummy, how could I not? Thank you for sharing!

  9. Lisa

    I love Ebelskivers! I found a mix at William Sonoma that I haven’t tried yet. My mom puts a dollop of jelly inside of hers. I’d like to try chocolate!

  10. Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    Okay…my stomach is growling right now. Not only do these look completely delicious, but the way you gussied them up (and the table, too) makes me want to hop on a plane right now and head on over to your house for your next Saturday brunch! ;-) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us!

  11. Stacey @ Steward Of Design

    My kids and I LOVE ebelskivers! I have made them from scratch and also from the mix from Williams-Sonoma when I am a bit lazy. They also have these special wooden turning sticks there as well. Btw, Nutella inside is amazing!!

  12. Kristen

    Oh, these look amazing!!! I must try!

  13. Lisa

    I use knitting needles to turn them. So much easier than the skewer. It does get easier to make them and pretty soon you will be filling them. One of my family’s favorite special breakfasts, this and chocolate gravy.


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