Puff Pancake Nests and Easter Pancake Eggs

Regardless of whether you have a large family coming over for Easter lunch, or you are a foodie determined to give every holiday the attention it deserves food wise, you will find this article more than useful. Not only will you see great pancake recipe ideas, but also decoration ideas and a bit of history.

Dutch Pancake Recipe

Dutch Pancakes with Berries

Since I am sure you rolled your eyes while reading the history part, let us get it out of the way and say a thing or two about the Dutch baby pancake.

First things first, you have to know that this pancake is not Dutch. It is, in fact, a German pancake whose name was mispronounced from the word Deutsch, which is German for “German” J.  This sweet popover served for breakfast is one of the best pancake recipes I have ever set to prepare.

Prepare this pancake in a metal pan or a cast iron one. Depending on the pan’s size they can vary in size too. You can get the cute small pans to get a smaller pancake or the regular one for a regular pancake. These are usually served from the pan so maybe a larger one would be the best option. For my Easter breakfast, only the largest pan will do.

What will you need:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the butter in the pan and place in the oven. Get your food processor and combine all the ingredients making sure you have preheated the milk in the microwave for around 30 seconds.  Blend on medium-high speed until smooth. If you don’t own a blender, you can whisk everything together until the mixture is light yellow for around 2 minutes. Once the butter is melted, swirl it around the pan to coat completely. Use the remaining butter in the pancake batter and whisk a little bit more. Pour the batter into the pan and let it cook for 20 to 25 minutes. The final result should be a pancake puffed in the center and golden brown along the edges.

Although a Dutch baby is usually served with a squeeze of lemon, butter, powdered sugar, and various fruit toppings, the Easter pancake version would be topped with pancakes. How do you say? Read along and you will see.

Danish Pancake Recipe

Dutch Pancakes

The Danish pancakes, (Æbleskiver) or aebleskiver in English, are pancake puffs fried in a special pan which gives them a unique spherical shape. If you try to get the ingredients based on the name, you will go wrong since it translates into “apple slices”, and while the traditional recipes called for apple slices to be added as a filling, nowadays this part is omitted. But, wait a minute. Did you think you can omit the history lesson? Not on my watch! I am kidding J. But it is good to know for example, that if you go in Denmark in the day around Christmas, and on Christmas morning, these pancakes will be on the menu. In fact, if you are of Danish origin you might find it strange that I am suggesting the aebleskiver for Easter and not Christmas. Don’t worry, I have my facts straight., but later on you will see why I decided on preparing these for Easter.

What makes the “appleskives” a great idea for an Easter meal is they are egg-shaped.  The downside is you will have to buy a special made of cast iron that contains several hemispherical indentations. You can try using a muffin tin although I cannot guarantee the outcome will be the same since these pancakes are baked on the stove top. To ensure they have a nice elliptical shape, you will have to turn them with a fork or a knitting needle. (the latter is the way they do it in Denmark).

As for the filling, you have a total freedom, you can go for a fruit jam, Nutella, honey, or even fruits of your choice.

To prepare the batter for the aebleskiver you will need to beat two egg whites with an electric mixer and set them aside. Then, proceed to mix 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, half a teaspoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. Tadd the following wet ingredient to the dry ones: 2 egg yolks, 2 cups of buttermilk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Heat the pan and add vegetable oil to fry the aebleskiver. Pour 2 tablespoons of the batter per pancake and when they start getting bubbly turn them.

The Final Easter Pancake Result

Food Colors for Pancakes

Now, if the title didn’t give you a hint here’s what I am expecting the final outcome to be. The large Dutch pancake is going to be the nest, and these small Danish pancakes are going to represent the eggs. A pretty fun breakfast you must admit. 🙂

Here’s another very interesting idea. Since Easter is characterized by many colors you can easily dye the “eggs” into any color you like. Get several bowls and pour equal amounts of the batter in each of them. Add two drops of food coloring in each one and proceed to fry them as instructed.

You can make things in “the nest” even more interesting if you add chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies and if you buy some colorful licorice it will be great. (Twizzlers would work fine)

If you don’t think this idea fits your needs, or you don’t think you can get a hold of this pan, then feel free to browse among the many different pancake recipes online. If you can’t find a pancake recipe there, you won’t find it anywhere!