Apple æbleskiver

Apple æbleskiver

Scandinavian Christmas
Lars Ranek

My aunt Sarah was from the small island of Ærø, where my father was born and my grandfather lived all his life. She was the only member of my family that made these æbleskiver, which are like light doughnuts with a nice sour surprise in the centre. I’m afraid you’ll need a special pan, but you can buy it easily online.


Quantity Ingredient
40g fresh yeast
800ml lukewarm whole milk
600g plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 vanilla pods
3 tablespoons caster sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 apples
100-150g salted butter

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
icing sugar
raspberry jam


  1. Dissolve the yeast in the milk in a large bowl. In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and cardamom. Slit the vanilla pods lengthways, scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife and add them to the dry ingredients with the sugar. Whisk the eggs yolks into the milk mixture. Add the dry ingredients and beat to make a dough. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold them into the dough. Leave to stand for 40 minutes.
  2. Peel and core the apples and cut into 1cm cubes. Heat the æbleskiver pan over a medium heat. Put a little butter in each indentation and, when it has melted, pour in some of the batter. Place a piece of apple in each and cook for three to five minutes, or until golden underneath, then turn the doughnuts over. Continue frying for about four to five minutes or until golden, then remove from the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately with raspberry jam.
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