æbleskiver (Danish pancakes)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Nov 9 13:27:53 UTC 2008

The Danish pancakes known as æbleskiver (singular: æbleskive) are mentioned
in the Sunday NYT:


Not in OED or any other English dictionary I checked, though Wikipedia has
an extensive entry:


Earliest I've found in an English-language source is from 1902:

1902 Margaret Thomas _Denmark, Past and Present_ 30 It was the old fashion
on Christmas Eve to eat gruel with prunes or chestnuts, and apple beignets
called "aebleskiver."

And it's in U.S. newspapers from 1956:

1956 _Christian Science Monitor_ 14 Dec. 6 At least once during the
Christmas season we have aebleskiver.

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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