Finnish oven pancakes, known as "pannukakku" in Finland, are a delightful and unique twist on the traditional pancake. Unlike their American counterparts, these pancakes are baked in the oven, resulting in a dish that's a marvelous blend of a crepe and a custard.
Originating from the Nordic region, Finnish oven pancakes are known for their simplicity and versatility. They can be enjoyed as a sweet treat with fruit and syrup or as a savory option with cheese and herbs. What sets them apart is their texture – a smooth, custardy base, with slightly crisp edges, offering a mouth-watering contrast in each bite.
The magic of Finnish oven pancakes lies in their preparation. The batter, made from a mixture of eggs, flour, milk, and a hint of sugar and salt, is thinner than traditional pancake batter. Once prepared, the batter is poured into a hot, buttered pan and then baked in the oven. The high oven temperature causes the pancake to puff up dramatically, creating a light and airy interior with a golden-brown surface.
One of the joys of Finnish oven pancakes is their adaptability to various toppings and mix-ins. For a classic Finnish experience, serve them with a sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon, or top them with homemade jam or fresh berries. For those who prefer a savory version, adding grated cheese, diced ham, or fresh herbs can transform the dish into a hearty meal.
Below you will find the recipe and method for these irresistibly delicious Finnish pancakes.
250 g of wheat flour
100 g of sugar
1 tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of salt
½ vanilla pod
700 ml of milk
70 g of butter
Whisk together the sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
Add the melted butter, flour, whole milk, a pinch of salt, and baking powder to the mixture.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the batter onto it.
Bake in an oven preheated to 200°C (392°F) for 25 minutes.
Cut into squares and serve with your choice of toppings (jam, whipped cream, sugar, etc.).
See how to make the delicious dessert below.