Friday, 2 January 2009

Vegan Aebleskiver!!!!

vegan aebleskiver

This recipe has taken many attempts to perfect and I am so glad it has finally worked out as I'm not sure I could live without my aebleskiver. Here is the link to my old blog describing what they are and step by step photos on how to cook them.

They are traditionally made by mixing 3 egg yolks into the batter and then whisking the egg whites to stiff peaks and folding in. Clearly something difficult to 'veganize'. I have in the past just used a regular pancake recipe for these which turns out fine as well but unfortunately my vegan pancake recipe would not work. They turned out heavy and really gummy, tasted fine, but wrong texture altogether. Various attempts to change this resulted in the balls really sticking to the pan....

Then I found a recipe online for vegan yogurt pancakes and the photo of the batter looked nice and thick, just like the egg white whipped one is, so tried that. It tasted perfect but stuck the worst of all as the recipe actually didn't call for any fat. As my original recipe called for quite a bit of melted butter in the batter I combined the two recipes, the yogurt pancake one and my original aebleskiver recipe and this one is perfect! Absolutely perfect.... the yogurt gives them that buttermilk taste they really should have and they turn out crisp on the outside and light and fluffy inside and don't stick!! So happy with these...

Just a note on the milk, rice or oat milk won't work. You need a vegan milk that is higher in fat and protein, I have made these with unsweetened soy milk and sweetened almond milk. Both work well, as would sweetened soy milk. I think the almond milk was nicest as it gives the faintest hint of almond which is lovely.

Makes 2 pans of aebleskiver (14 balls):

160g plain flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 heaped tsp salt
4 tsp caster sugar
150g plain, unsweetened soy yogurt
100ml soy or almond milk (can be sweetened or unsweetened)
90g vegan margarine, melted (I use 'Pure' sunflower)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
vegetable oil for the pan

Mix the dry ingredients together. Whisk the yogurt, milk and vanilla together then slowly whisk in the melted margarine until fully incorporated. Pour this into the dry ingredients the fold in with a rubber spatula until no more flour shows. The batter will be very thick and lumpy, it may even look slightly curdled if using soy milk - that's ok. Heat your aebleskiver pan till hot then turn down to the lowest heat. Brush the holes with vegetable oil then spoon in the batter till level with the top. Unlike my past recipe where I used the knitting needle to turn them, I found these easier to turn with a very small teaspoon, just use it to loosen the edges then scoop under and flip them up, first onto their side then fully over. Cook until golden all over and a toothpick comes out clean. Keep warm in the oven while you make the next pan.

Serve with margarine and warmed maple syrup over top, and of course the applesauce and sugar!!

** I have also used this recipe to make blueberry pancakes, I increased the milk to 100ml, butter the frying pan, spoon on some batter, you'll have to spread it out a bit. Dot the top of the pancake with blueberries (don't add the blueberries to the batter), cook till golden underneath then flip over. Serve with margarine and warmed maple syrup.**

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for this awesome variation! My family has eaten Aebelskivers for Christmas breakfast since the dawn of time... I am going to combine my family's recipe with yours to create an aebelskiver my bedsta would be proud of!

    U rock. :)

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  2. Welcome!!! and thanks so much for your comment. I initially just had this blog private but it was finally getting this recipe right that made me make it public. I thought there must be other vegans or people with egg/dairy allergies with Danish backgrounds out there who would like it!

    It's funny how we all developed the tradition of having these for Christmas breakfast. I'm just glad I can carry it on too!

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  3. that is funny! in denmark we also eat æbleskiver at christmas time, and since i became a vegan i haven't been able to have these! thanks so much!!

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  4. Aebelskivers are one of my very favorite breakfast treats but haven't been able to make them in a while. Not necessarily in need of a vegan recipe, but looking to remove dairy where we have an allergy. I do miss the fluffiness that the egg whites provide, but thank you for helping me find a way to get one step closer to getting it right. Next stop - modifications for a gluten free version for another family member limitation.

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    1. Did you ever get these figured out gluten free? I would soooo love the recipe!

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  5. Thanks for the comment Christina! Aebleskiver are the best aren't they? They were one of the first things I had to veganize!! Hope you can get it working gluten free too!! :)

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  6. Thanks heaps, my Famor gave me her aebleskiver pan when i visited her over chistmas.

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  7. thank you for putting this together! My baby daughter has a dairy and milk allergy and being of Danish heritage it would be sad for her to miss out on this family tradition!

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  8. My pleasure! Thanks for the comment, hope they work out for you! ♥

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  9. Oh my those are delicious. I hadn't had these since X-mas when I was a child. This vegan version really hits the spot! My husband no longer refers to them as 'pancake puffs'. These don't taste like pancakes at all! My favorite is to put banana in them. Yummy Yummy!

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  10. Hey this is amazing! I'm not a vegan person but having some vegan friends over for dinner so I decided to try out this recipe... just to learn that they are actually somehow better than the original...

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  11. So cool! Thanks for the comment, so glad to hear you liked them :-)

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  12. æbleskiver ! brings the memmory of when me & dad had them in the biting cold outside in Tivoli, pitched black Copenhagen - but full of the starships & other citylights ~ luvly luvly

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  13. yum yum i try to make it it's really good thanks for the recipe ... i alter your recipe to my taste but love ur blog
    check out my vegan blog :http://mariebreska.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thank you so much for this recipe!! My mother-in-law is Danish and making Aebleskiver has been a long-standing tradition at our house. My family recently converted to a vegan diet and I tried many vegan Aebleskiver recipes that failed miserably...until I found yours. Thank you for helping us keep up our family tradition!!

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    1. So glad you like the recipe Nancy! It's a Christmas morning tradition for us and I'm all set to make mine in the morning :-) Thanks so much for the comment and Merry Christmas to you all!

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  15. A Danish co-worker just brought some into the office, so I immediately went searching for a vegan recipe and you came to the rescue. Thanks!

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    1. haha, awesome! Hope you like them :-)

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