Aebleskivers are a traditional Christmastime treat in their native Denmark.
This holiday season, shoppers can find them at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d’Alene.
The seasonal food booth is run by Ron Nelson, 51, who received his first aebleskiver skillet – along with a box of batter mix – from his mother some 20 years ago. Ten years after that, she gave him a recipe for making aebleskivers from scratch, and he began adapting it.
Nelson started selling his aebleskivers – “apple slices” in Danish – last summer at the Kootenai County Farmers Market.
“It was supposed to be a hobby,” said the Moscow native who moved to Coeur d’Alene from California a year and a half ago. He’s owner and president of POS Systems Inc., which installs touch-screen systems for restaurants throughout the United States.
This autumn, he created a recipe for pumpkin aebleskivers, served with cream cheese frosting and topped with caramel, and took his booth to Green Bluff. This winter marks the first time he’s sold his aebleskivers at the mall.
The family-run booth also sells soups, chili and cornbread aebleskivers.
In Denmark, the golf-ball-sized pancakes are typically served with powdered sugar or jam.
Nelson’s stand is open every day during regular mall hours through Dec. 31, except for Christmas Day.