Ebelskivers go by a lot of different names. They are called Danish Pancakes in some english speaking countries or Poffertjes in Holland. Although the Danish and Dutch versions are normally not filled they look and taste the same.
Although this recipe is Gluten Free, you can easily make them with regular flour. Just replace the gluten free flour and xantham gum with 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour.
You do need a special Ebelskiver pan to make this delicious filled pancakes. Check out Amazon or Williams of Sonoma for deals.
Normally these little pancakes are made for dessert or fairs. Dredged with a little icing sugar and a bit of butter and off you go. But you can fill them with your favorite jam or chocolate chips. But it doesn't have to stop there. Try it with a savory filling like cheese, maybe some olive tapenade and goats cheese or a cube of your favorite cheese and chutney. Just make sure you omit the sugar from the recipe.
2 cups / 11 oz Gluten Free flour
2 teaspoons /0.3 oz Xantham Gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon / 0.4 oz sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 cups / 17 floz milk or milk alternative
4 tablespoons butter, melted and extra for buttering
Filling of your choice, like chocolate chips, jam or cheese
In a large bowl, sieve the flour, xantham gum, salt and sugar together.
In another bowl whisk the egg yolks, milk and melted butter together.
With a stand up mixer or handheld mixer whip the egg whites till stiff so peaks form and stay up.
Mix the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.
With a spatula fold the egg whites into the flour / milk mixture, gently so not to deflate the egg whites too much.
In the meantime heat the ebelskiver pan over a low-medium heat till heated.
Add a tiny bit of butter or oil to grease each well.
With a spoon, spoon a tablespoon of the batter in each well.
Top with 4 chocolate chips, a 1/2 teaspoon of jam or your filling choice. But make it small, it doesn't look like a lot but when it's melted it will be.
Use a spoon to spoon some batter over the top, make sure that the filling is all covered otherwise it will leak out when it's softens.
After a couple of minutes, turn one of the little pancakes over, I use a chop stick. If nicely browned, turn the rest over. You might have to turn down the heat.
Grease each well before adding the batter.
These little pancakes can be made ahead and heated through when needed.