Cinnamon Bun Ebelskivers

December 19, 2010 · 20 comments · Print This Post

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My mother will be so jealous when she reads this post. She’s been talking about buying an Ebelskiver pan forever whereas I would look at the odd little thing and thoughts of disastrous outcomes danced in my head. But having recently been gifted the potentially hissy fit producing gizmo I garnered at much courage as I could muster at 7:00 AM and got to work.

The first conundrum I faced was choosing a recipe to try. There were an abundance of fruit and jelly filled versions and chocolate and caramel were also popular option, but when I found a Cinnamon Bun Ebelskiver recipe I heard an audible “ding! ding! ding!”  in my head. As an aside my research into these Danish pastries revealed that there’s a soon to be published cookbook on the filled pancakes by Kevin Crafts scheduled to be released in March of 2011. Needless to say that was instantly added to my wishlist.

The process of mixing the pancake batter is very straight forward. I was intrigued by the addition of fluffy egg whites to the recipe as this created a very light mixture. The actual pancake making was a little trial and error filled. Finding just the right temperature which would brown and not burn the puffs was a little difficult at first but eventually I got the hang of it. Surprisingly, the part I was the most anxious about, the actual flipping of the pancakes turned out to be super easy. They sell special tools for this but I just used chopsticks and it worked completely fine. To remove the fully cooked puffs from the pan I gently picked them up with a pair of rubber tipped kitchen tongs.

In the end, some of my puffs were a little over done, some were a little under done, and eventually I made some that were just right. Once you drizzle the sweet cream cheese icing over their warm tops though all is forgiven. I did end up with a lot of leftover cinnamon filling so next time I know that I need to be a bit more generous with that particular step. Also, make sure you have a crowd of hungry people in the house as this recipe makes enough puffs to feed a football team.

Cinnamon Bun Ebelskivers
Makes 35 to 40
Originally published by Williams-Sonoma

For the cinnamon filling:

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, at room temperature

For the cream cheese frosting:

3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 4 Tbs. milk

For the pancakes:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking

To make the cinnamon filling, in a bowl, still together the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and, using the back of a spoon, mash the butter into the flour mixture until all of it is absorbed into the butter, forming a paste. Set the cinnamon filling aside.

To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar, reduce the speed to low and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 3 Tbs. of the milk and beat until combined, about 1 minute. The frosting should be thick but still pourable; add more milk if needed to thin it. Transfer the frosting to a small bowl; set aside.

To make the pancakes, in a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the milk and the 4 Tbs. melted butter. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions.

Put 1/8 tsp. melted butter in each well of a filled-pancake pan. Set over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble. Pour 1 Tbs. batter into each well. Spoon 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon filling into the center of each pancake and top with 1 Tbs. batter. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Using 2 skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling.

Drizzle the pancakes with the frosting and serve immediately.

Note: Thank you to my friend Aaron and the lovely gents of Dibbsly for the early Christmas gift.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie December 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Oh I’ve been wanting one of these pans and now you tell me there’s soon to be cookbook. I have to have one now! These look so delicous. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast.


2 Kerstin December 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I’m jealous of this post – what a fun pan! That frosting on top is making my mouth water too!


3 Amanda December 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

I work at a Williams-Sonoma, and we have an amazing cookbook! It has normal breakfasty sweet ones, dessert ones, and (my favorite) savory ones. Spinach and feta? Fig and prosciutto? Wonderful. I think by far the best savory though is the Jalapeno Cornbread. Mmm…..


4 Gro December 20, 2010 at 5:02 am

I’m from Denmark and I have never seen æbleskiver (in Denmark ebelskiver is spelled with the letter “æ”, that we are so lucky to have 😉 ) served with cream cheese frosting, but it looks good. We normally serve them with some kind of jam an icing sugar, but I think I have to try your version some time 🙂


5 Kristy Beeman October 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Our keyboard here in USA do not have an ae combined key, so I guess is shortened? I just got myself one for Christmas with a cookbook. Have any ideas?


6 wummy December 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

You better bring this little pan home for Christmas so I can cook on it!!! I may need to buy one afterwards!!


7 Shannon December 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

those pans do look fun, and what a great pancake idea 🙂


8 kristen b December 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

oh man, i can’t wait til my mom starts popping these out after she opens her christmas gift!


9 shamanaccountforsale December 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

The style of cooking makes me think of the way Japanese people cook takoyaki – a famous fried dumpling in their area. Nevertheless this cinnamon bun ebelskivers would certainly be in my list of recipes for this season. They make easy breakfast for children. Thanks for sharing!


10 grace December 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

i’ve wanted an ebelskiver pan for a really long time, and this concept may just be the straw that broke the camel’s back. bravo–these are amazing!


11 Jenny December 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

Those look so delicious! Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try my hand at this.


12 Kelsi December 22, 2010 at 2:34 am

This is the ultimate Christmas morning breakfast!


13 Ronda December 31, 2010 at 2:36 am

my nana has always made this but i never have known anyone else to know what they were! haha i love them with powdered sugar and lemon juice! 😀


14 nicole January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I recieved the pan! I am sooo excited about using it! I’m planning on using it this weekend


15 Karen @ My Pantry Shelf January 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

These looks soooo good! I grew up on Abelskiver. What a great idea to cross them with cinnamon buns. My kids are going to love this.

I have two pans which helps when you are trying to serve up a group. They are a bit time consuming to make (compared with pancakes).



16 Laura February 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I still have not used my pan–and I got it over a year ago (bad me!). But this might be the inspiration I need; these look fantastic.


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