Friday, 25 July 2014

Finnish Skillet Oven Pancake - Pannukakku

Finnish Oven pancake - Pannukakku (pannu = pan, kakku = cake) is a quick and nice treat to make. You can easily make a savory version as well and add some meat, mushrooms and/or veggies in it.  Almost everything goes!

This is a sweet version and made just like my grandmother made it. And for that you need an oven proof skillet. Big or small - add the batter accordingly. The skillet I am using today is my mother's old one. It has served us well for a long time and looks like it will continue to do so.

My grandmother made pancakes in a skillet and it tasted so much different than the ones people usually make in baking trays. Not sure where the taste comes from - maybe it's the skillet or maybe because she made it with love. However, my mom makes the  skillet pancake too and she manages to do the same so maybe it's the combination of skillet and love. Who knows but it sure is good!

500 grams milk  (1.1023 lb) (you can use some other liquid as well)
195 grams (0.429 lb ) all-purpose flour
appr. 200 grams (0.440 lb)  sugar
1-1,5 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla sugar

1. Add the dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Add milk and eggs.
3. Mix and let the batter rest for about 15-30 minutes.

The Moomin bowls mabe by Arabia :
The Hattifatteners and The Groke.

4. Heat the skillet on the stove and melt some butter in it. Be sure to use enough butter. Too little butter will change the taste of the skillet pancake. When the skillet is still hot pour the batter in it and bake in 200°C (400°F) for about  40-45 minutes  if you are using 24 cm skillet.

Finnish pancakes taste wonderful with fresh berries or with ice cream and berries. Whipped cream and berries are delicious too! Even honey goes well.  Enjoy this summery treat!

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