My husband is Danish on his father's side. When he and I were first married, I was introduced to ebelskivers (pronounced "able-skeevers"), which are little sphere-shaped pancakes originally from Denmark. My husband is the family "ebelskiver maker" and is frequently called upon to make them for family gatherings.
The basic recipe for ebelskivers is simple: flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, salt. Their light texture comes from beaten egg whites.
A special pan is required for making these tasty little treats. The one in the foreground, below, is cast iron and was handed down in my husband's family. My sister-in-law gave us a non-stick ebelskiver pan from Williams-Sonoma (in the background, below). It works better on our electric smooth-top range.
On this morning, my husband made a simple vanilla batter for our ebelskivers. But you can be as creative with the fillings as you'd like. Fancier sweet varieties include cherry-almond, chocolate chip and banana-rum. Savory versions include spicy corn, spinach and feta, and smoked salmon and dill. Williams-Sonoma has an ebelskiver cookbook with amazing-sounding recipes!