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Pannu Kakku, the Finnish Oven Pancake

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Pannu Kakku, the Finnish Oven Pancake

On the way to planning for a friend’s third annual birthday dinner, an idea came to create dishes based on breakfast. That idea was abandoned shortly thereafter and it’s a good thing. What ended up appearing at the dinner party was perfect and, while considering desserts, the birthday girl forwarded a link to a 2004 Food.com recipe for Finnish Oven Pancakes. She still thought it was going to be a meal of breakfasts. Though it wasn’t, this strange Oven Pancake lingered on the To Do list.

According to a brief description, this treat goes with sausages, fruit toppings, syrup and coffee. The ingredients are simple, the baking: A breeze; and who knew just how flippin’ sweet this thing would be!
A favorite topping was Michigan Red Tart Cherry Preserves (pictured) Smucker’s “Orchard’s Finest” line. The other flavors offered were Northwoods Blueberry and Pacific Mountain Strawberry Preserves both also mouthful names and Smucker’s preserves. The next day, the leftover Pannu Kakku paired with syrup and coffee for breakfast. Excellent – firmer, more flavorful and just as fun a sight to behold. And those edges…. Delicious!

Pannu Kakku, the Finnish Oven Pancake

Offsetting the sweetness with sausage or sour cherry can be a real win. Here fruit preserves grace what's left of the first Pannu Kakku made. Later incarnations were less flat thanks to a technique that calls for patience in letting it cool down.

Pannu Kakku – Finnish Oven Pancake
4 Beaten Eggs
4 Cups Milk
½ Cups Sugar
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
4 Tablespoons (½ Stick) Softened Butter (Unsalted)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Sea Salt
Powdered Sugar aside for dusting

It’s a lot of wet batter – have a BIG bowl

  • Pre-heat to 400-degrees
  • Grease your 9×13 tray
  • Pour and put

You’re done in 40 minutes – top starts to golden.

Pannu Kakku, the Finnish Oven Pancake

With the aluminium tray, the edges of the pancake baked at lightning speed and developed an edge that everyone was after. Getting this consistency throughout is a lifelong effort! The middle was soft with fantastic flavor.

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