Pannukakku (Finnish oven baked pancake)

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February 12, 2013 by Bloke In A Kitchen

Pancake Day is here, and as much as I love the traditional pancakes with lemon and sugar, I wanted to try something new.  My daughter Amelie loves helping out in the kitchen whenever she can, but frying pans, hot butter, bubbling batter and 4 year olds don’t really mix too well.  (Next year, I’ll be braver and see how she gets on flipping and tossing pancakes in the air).

So, I searched the internet for pancake recipes from around the world (there’s loads!), but this traditional oven baked pancake from Finland really stood out.  There’s a few more ingredients Amelie could help weigh and stir, and eggs to crack.

Pannukakku is a wonderful comfort food, especially with some ice-cream and warm bramble jam.

Ingredients

6 large free range eggs

350ml milk

50g caster sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Grated zest of 1 lemon

225g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Lots of blueberries!

50g butter

Method

Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla sugar until creamy. Stir in grated lemon zest.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder and stir well into egg mixture. Add as many blueberries as you want!  Allow batter to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450º. When the pancake batter has rested, place butter in a large oven-proof dish. Place dish in the oven and allow the butter to melt, without browning. Once your butter has melted, remove dish from oven, and use a pastry brush to coat surface and sides of dish evenly with the melted butter.

Pour pancake batter into the hot, buttered pan and return to oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden.

Serve hot, with ice cream, warmed jam, or whipped cream.

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