Blood orange & cardamom pancakes (aebleskiver)

Blood orange & cardamom pancakes (aebleskiver)

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

A challenge

makes 24

These comforting round buttermilk pancakes are spiked with citrus and spice. A traditional Danish bake, they're called aebleskiver. It's all about hygge!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per aebleskivier

  • kcal49
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 125g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 200ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 blood orange, zested
  • 1 tbsp blood orange juice
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • icing sugar, to dust


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg yolks, orange zest and juice and butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk to create a smooth batter.

  2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add the caster sugar, whisk again, then fold into the batter.

  3. Butter an aebleskiver pan and set over a medium-high heat. Spoon 1 tbsp batter into each hole and allow to cook and set for about 1 min. Use a skewer or pointed palette knife to flip the pancakes around forty degrees, then add a bit more batter, allow to set and flip again, cooking and rotating until you have a golden puffed pancake ball. Alternatively, drop spoonfuls of batter into a buttered non-stick frying pan and cook for several mins on each side. Dust with icing sugar and serve hot.

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Rachel Wykes's picture
Rachel Wykes
17th Oct, 2018
Hi could you use a greased cake pop maker do you think?
17th Oct, 2018
Made these to accompany viewing of GBBO. But I wasn't going to buy the aebleskiver pan, so I just used the dollop-in-the-frying-pan method, hoping they would stay fairly round. Safe to say it didn't work at all, and they just spread out into little pancakes. However, the orange and cardamom taste was nice, and I'm sure it would work lovely with the right kit!
22nd Feb, 2017
If I don't have an aebleskiver pan what could I use?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Mar, 2017
This is quite a unique bit of kit but if you're not too worried about getting the shape just so then you can drop spoonfuls of batter into a buttered non-stick frying pan and cook for several mins on each side. Same great taste, slightly different shape!
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