Aebleskiver / fetton ? Breakfast foods
My grandmother's parents came from the German speaking part of Schleswig around 1880. Growing up we often had what the Danish call "Aebleskiver" Basically they are spherical pancakes, made in a special cast iron pan. But we never called them aebleskiver. In fact, I didn't hear that word until I was an adult. We always called them 'fetton' -- I don't know about the spelling. But I've never met anyone outside of my family who has ever heard that word.
I'm pretty sure it isn't some kind of Americanism, because my grandmother must have gotten the name from her German parents. But I've searched for years to find out the origins of the word and never found anything. I was wondering if anyone from Schleswig, or Gemany or Denmark could shed any light on where this word may have come from. I don't know if it is dialect, or something else.
Is this what you're looking for? http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%B6rtchen
Checking the German wikipedia page for Æbleskiver led me to that (pretty similar to word you gave - Fetton vs. Förtchen)
Here's a recipe if you want to recreate those memories: http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/525921148996926/Norddeutsche-Foertchen-Poffertjes.html
Wow, thanks so much. All this time googling aebleskiver it never occurred to me to set the search language to German. I'm sure it must have originally been förtchen, simplified for American mouths :-)
Looking at the photos and they look yummy! Do you need the special pan for them I wonder?
OMG that's amazing - I have to get me one of those pans! Okay I'm a foodie but seriously who wouldn't be impressed. Thanks for that
Yes, I don't think you could make them without the pan. But you should easily be able to find one online. It looks like a frying pan, but with about seven semicircular wells to pour the batter into. Traditionally the pan is cast iron, but I bet you could find non-stick ones also now.
The thing is, the batter is quite thin. Like pancake batter really. So I don't see how you could get the balls to keep their shape. You'd just end up with pancakes made out of förtchen batter.
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Oh. You're right. Finally bothered to look at a picture of foertchen. Jumping to conclusions! OOPS.
I've had those - they are delicious! :) Nice of you to help track this info. for the op.
The Dutch call these "Poffertjes". They seem to very popular, so much so that around winter time I often cannot complete a conversation with my Dutch friends without it being mentioned at least once. :)