You Have to Taste This: These Finnish Oven Pancakes Will Blow Your Mind

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.06 - 2023 10:42 AM CET

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

  • 2 eggs

  • 70 g of butter

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together the sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

  2. Add the melted butter, flour, whole milk, a pinch of salt, and baking powder to the mixture.

  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the batter onto it.

  4. Bake in an oven preheated to 200°C (392°F) for 25 minutes.

  5. Cut into squares and serve with your choice of toppings (jam, whipped cream, sugar, etc.).

See how to make the delicious dessert below.

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