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I’ve been reading about æbleskivers (also spelled ebelskivers) for years, but never actually made them until acquiring Nordic Ware’s (www.nordicware.com) non-stick Ebelskiver Filled Pancake Pan. The pan, equipped with indentations to produce seven (2¼-inch) spherical pancakes, releases the pancakes with ease and cleans up in seconds, making it extraordinarily fun to use, whether preparing pancakes for just a few, or a crowd. One of the recipes for æbleskivers that caught my attention was the one featured in “The Scandinavian Cookbook, by Trina Hahnemann, where they are called Christmas Donuts and are accompanied with a recipe for glögg (mulled wine). A treasured eating tradition in Scandinavia during the Christian season of advent, Christmas Donuts are typically dusted with confectioners’ sugar and served with raspberry jam, although many people also like to fill æbleskivers with fruit, chocolate and even cheese. You will note that Hahnemann’s recipe for æbleskivers contains yeast, but if you prefer to make æbleskivers without yeast, I’ve got a good recipe here for a non-yeast version from “Mary Engelbreit’s “Fan Fare Cookbook: 120 Dessert Favorites,” by Mary Engelbreit. Whichever recipe you choose to make, do invest in the pan. It may take a little practice to get your pancake balls just the way you want them, but on your way to perfect, you can eat the mistakes from now until Christmas.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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