https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

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.

Thanks..

May 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis_Domingos

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

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

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 :-)

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis_Domingos

You're welcome :)

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MariaHillDublin

Looking at the photos and they look yummy! Do you need the special pan for them I wonder?

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis_Domingos

Here's a video explaining the cooking process - just to make us all hungry :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAjLgUcxgKM

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MariaHillDublin

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

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sueefo

My mom has a similar pan.

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

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.

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

Could you use a griddle?

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

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.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

Reply to your reply:

Oh. You're right. Finally bothered to look at a picture of foertchen. Jumping to conclusions! OOPS.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1

I've had those - they are delicious! :) Nice of you to help track this info. for the op.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Yototas

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. :)

May 28, 2015
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