For the uninitiated, an Aebelskiver is essentially a pancake ball of Nordic/Danish origin prepared in a specially-cast iron pan and traditionally served with either powdered sugar or fruit preserves.
That may make one wonder what in the world an “Aebelskabel” is, as in Alice’s Aebelskabels, a food truck that has been offering Danish aebelskivers to diners in the Columbus area since the summer of 2015.
One need only read the family story of food truck owner Hilary Meilen, which is conveniently posted alongside the truck’s ordering window, to learn of the colorful story behind the spelling. The tale details her grandmother (and the food truck’s namesake) Alice’s journey to the west coast during the earlier part of the 20th century and her marriage into a Danish family in the Solvang, California area (the self-proclaimed “Danish Capital of America.”) The “Aebelskabel” turns out to be her family’s phonetic mispronunciation of this Danish staple.
Regardless of pronunciation or spelling, Alice’s expands on the traditional preparations (generally the sweeter variations) by offering specialty savory renditions such as prosciutto and swiss, pizza, and pepper jack. Side garnishes such as powdered sugar, maple syrup and fruit preserves are available as well, either sprinkled on top of the aebelskivers or off to the side per your preference.
Uniform to all preparations was the pancake ball itself. Using a longtime family recipe, Hilary makes your aebelskivers to order. These lovely golden-brown spheroids provide a nicely crispy exterior and an airy pillow of fried dough blanketing whatever fillings you might have ordered stuffed within. The best bet here is to go with your mood (sweet or savory) and you’ll more likely than not get something quite enjoyable.
(Note: originally posted in the “The 614ortyniner” blog.)