While most days some cut vegetables or a granola bar will do the trick, sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different for an after school snack. Today we’ll talk about two scandanavian snacks that are certain to be crowd pleasers: Pletts and Aebleskivers. What are Pletts? What are Aebleskivers? I’m glad you asked!
What is a Plett?
A plett is essentially a Swedish pancake. That’s a bit of a simplification though as they are very small (about 2.5″ in diameter) and have more of the weight and texture of a crepe than that of a pancake. This makes them an ideal snack although you can certainly serve them for breakfast as well. It is made in a cast iron plett pan which makes sure they’re all the same size and right thickness. Traditionally served with Lingonberry sauce, which aside from ordering online you can also pick up at your local IKEA. That said other toppings such as jam, syrup or powdered sugar will certainly keep the kids happy.
So what is an Aebleskiver?
Actually it should be spelled Æbleskiver and this one hails from Denmark. Like the Plett it is cooked using a special cast iron pan and is made from batter, but where it differs is it’s more like a fried ball. This means it’s not quite as healthy as a Plett but is sure to bring smiles and seem like a real treat. The other difference is that an Aebleskiver is made with apples.
So now that you know the difference and hopefully have decided on one, how do you make them? We’ve looked at some different recipes and tried to find ones that are authentic but not too difficult to make. IF you’re not used to cooking with cast iron, make sure you follow the instructions to “season” your cast iron pan. A properly seasoned cast iron pan will last a lifetime.
After checking with many different sources, this seems like the most authentic recipe:
1 cup flour
1+1/2 cup half+half (or 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup cream)
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
blend thoroughly. Ladle into hot, well buttered plett pan. Use a spatula to turn plett to cook both sides.
Served best with Lingonberry sauce.
We again checked several sources and although there are several variations, this seems to be the most consistent:
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional: chopped apple
Separate the eggs and whip the whites until stiff (small peaks will start forming), and set aside. Mix the yolks, buttermilk and all the other ingredients together, then fold in the egg whites.
Heat the Aebleskiver pan, making sure to butter each of the bowls, then ladle the batter into each bowl. When it becomes firm around the edges, add the chopped apple in the middle if desired, then turn them using a fork to cook the other sides.
As you can see Aebleskivers are a bit more complicated and require more ingredients. Both are fun though and either can be served with a variety of toppings from powdered sugar to jam or syrup! Try them out and let us know which one was the family favorite!