This post is inspired by the painting Strawberries by Renoir below. Since strawberry season has already arrived for some parts of the country and will arrive here in another couple of months, I thought I'd share this breakfast idea that I had that brings together the lemon and strawberries in the painting. Aebleskivers with lemon curd and strawberries!
I made Microwave Lemon Curd which you can find at the bottom of my post here. This a great recipe which was first shared on a cooking forum a few years ago.
Here is my version of Renoir's still life:
If you have never made aebleskivers, they are light, fluffy pancake balls made in a special aebleskiver pan. They are traditionally filled with slices of apple sautéed in a mixture of butter and brown sugar. This is what an aebleskiver pan looks like:
Don't worry if you don't have an aebleskiver pan. You could add diced strawberries to regular pancakes, top them with a dollop of lemon curd and dust them with some sifted powdered sugar.
Here is my recipe:
Aebleskivers with Strawberries and Lemon Curd
Makes about 28 aebleskiver
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
Lemon curd - about 1/4 cup
5-6 fresh strawberries, diced
Prepare lemon curd with your favorite recipe, or the one found here. You can also find lemon curd at your grocery store.
Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Whisk egg yolks and sugar together until creamy. Sift together flour and baking powder and gradually stir flour and buttermilk, alternating with each 1/2-cup addition, into egg mixture. Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter.
Preheat aebleskiver pan over medium-high heat. Butter should sizzle on the surface. Place 1/8 tsp. butter into each well to grease, using a pastry brush to coat surface of wells entirely.
Spoon batter into each well, filling half-way using about 1-2 teaspoons of batter. Place about 1 teaspoon of lemon curd on top of the batter followed by a few diced strawberries. Then, spoon enough additional batter over to cover and fill well to the top. Allow to cook until the edges of each “pancake” begin to brown and pull away from the sides of the wells.
Flip pancakes over with two wooden skewers (or knitting needles) and cook through - about 2 minutes more.
Remove the aebleskiver to a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired) to serve. Garnish with additional lemon curd and sliced strawberries.
This would be a wonderful for breakfast, brunch or even dessert!