Blood orange & cardamom pancakes (aebleskiver)

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

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • A challenge

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 49
  • fat 2g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 5g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 125g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 blood orange, zested
  • 1 tbsp blood orange juice
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • icing sugar, to dust


Aebleskiver pan

If you want to get an aebleskiver/ ebleskiver pan then they're available from Nordic Ware on 



  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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