Grandma Eva’s Finnish Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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I’m so fortunate that my mom asked my grandma for her Finnish Pancake (Pannukakku) recipe.

Not only do I get to try her exact recipe, but I get to look at her handwriting, too. There’s something extra special knowing she wrote it.

Preheat the oven to 425 F right away!

I wasn’t sure if we would have time to try this over the weekend, but I had all of the ingredients on hand. (Salt not pictured.)

FIRST – Beat 2 eggs.

Ryan and I laugh, because Blakely sounds like a little Yooper. She was all about helping. These are the best memories – just doing things together!

SECOND – Gradually add the milk by 1/2 cup at a time – until you get to 2 cups total.

Grandma’s notes said to add everything gradually, so we were adding a half a cup of milk at a time and whisking.

My friend, Jenny F. shared a tip, “A lady … told me … to whip everything in the blender for a minute. I do that and it gives it a fluffy top and custard like bottom.” We were whisking by hand, so I’m going to try the blender in the future! (Update – we tried the blender! What a great tip!)

At this point, we were still following the directions closely – while Preston found it funny to hit us with a spatula. (Don’t buy your kids a lot of fancy toys. Give them boxes and pans and spatulas.)

THIRD – we added the 7/8 cup of flour and 3/4 t of salt, but the recipe said it would be “thick and smooth” so I added a little extra flour thinking it wasn’t thick enough. (Next time, I won’t change the amount of flour. It ended up being a bit thicker than I remember my grandma’s version.)

Update: We followed the recipe and added the ingredients slowly and whisked, but then, we used the blender again.

FOURTH – The recipe does call for a full stick of butter (oleo) to be melted, but I would modify the amount – one friend mentioned she does 2T of butter and another does half of the stick melted in the batter and the other in the bottom of her pan.

Here’s the full stick of butter melted in the bottom of my 9 x 13 pan.

Pour the batter over the butter (oleo).FINALLY – Bake for 20 minutes.Sprinkle with sugar.

Add jam or jelly if you’d like.

This may be an acquired taste for non-Finn friends.

Even though, grandma wouldn’t believe it.

Miss and love you, gram!

Let me know what you think!

There are many variations to the recipe, and I’ll add some more with permission.


I’ve been on the lookout to add more recipes for everyone to try.

Here are other versions:

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