She got me their ebelskiver pan and a rolled omelette pan to be exact, both of which make the best breakfast food. I was super pumped for both but the decision on which to use first was pretty clear...
Æbleskiver are adorable Danish pancakes, or the perfect pancake/popover hybrid. These babies are the fluffiest, most airy, and delicious puff balls I've ever eaten, and the fact that you can fill them with whatever you're heart desires is just magical.
The process is quite simple and only calls for one other "specialty" item (after you have the pan): skewers. Williams-Sonoma sells a set of two skewers for a whopping $13, so I opted for a pack of 80 for $1.50 at Target. After pouring a teaspoon of batter into the buttered wells, I added a teaspoon of a diced apples cooked with cinnamon sugar and pecans, followed by another teaspoon of batter. Then each was flipped using skewers and cooked till golden-brown.
They're then topped with whatever you like. Maple syrup and powdered sugar were my preferred choice. I've since made them with apricot preserves, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate hazelnut spread. All equally delicious, though the cinnamon sugar ones were like mini cinnamon rolls!
Now, omelettes have always been the worst for me. My fillings would inevitably fall out while attempting to flip or, almost always, would fall apart while plating. This pan helped make the perfect omelette. Every. Single. Time. The pan has a helpful divider and comes with a handy spatula to help with the rolling action, too.
Perfectly rolled with all of the fillings intact... until you dig in! You know me and my love for cooking gadgets. Now to go make some brunch.