Æbleskiver!

Imagine waking up to more, more and more snow.

Tiny flurries swirl through the air only to land one idea in your head: Æbleskivers. Imperfect, puffy, pancake-like spheres sizzle in a special pan while their chambers form and wait patiently to be flipped. Their pockets of slight sweetness hold hot steam to release within every bite. You break open a tiny, golden orb and seal the bite with a kiss of white sugar - some jam never hurts either.

It's cold outside, so coffee or hot chocolate pair perfectly with this. Dip each sugary bite into your coffee to watch each silky crater fill with wonderful bitterness. Æbleskivers are a magical morning comfort food unique to the Danish culture. They are like warm snowballs for your mouth. The cold threatens your quest for coziness but it's easily stopped with a warm Æbleskiver, a pot of hot coffee, and people to share it with. The simplicity of this meal and the moment relies on how the most basic things in life are the best things.

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Enjoy the recipe that we use in our family for your next batch of Æbleskiver.

Æbleskiver

2 cups flour

5 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 cups milk (or buttermilk)

2 eggs, separated

Heat Æbleskiver pan over medium-high heat on a burner.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sugar. Add milk and egg yolks.

Whip egg whites until soft peaks and add to bowl. Fold in with a rubber spatula until combined.

Fill each Æbleskiver hole 2/3 with batter. Cook until bubbles start to form on the edges, about 2 minutes. Flip with a fork until the other side is golden brown. Keep in a warm oven until all Æbles are made. Serve with sugar, jam, coffee, and friends.