My daughter and her boyfriend attended a beer festival this weekend in Michigan and stayed with friends. My daughter sent me a text message this morning and said “our friends are making us pannukakku for breakfast!!!” I asked her if their friends were Finnish and she said no, they had eaten this pancake when they were visiting the Upper Peninsula. And they obviously enjoyed it. I haven’t made this in years. My Mummu (grandmother) made this all the time and it was one of my favorites. We always called it kropsu. She had these special pans with a design on the bottom that she would bake the pannukakku in. We would put a little butter on it and sprinkle it with sugar or ladle on a little fruit soup that she would make. Usually from blueberries. It was even good cold; the pannukakku AND the fruit soup. So, not to be outdone by my daughter’s non-Finnish hosts, I decided we needed to have pannukakku for breakfast today as well. It is easy to make and is actually a great breakfast to serve guests. You can make a double batch and feed several people. Why haven’t I been doing this??
5 T butter
1 1/2 cups AP flour
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat your oven to 425.
Combine the flour, milk, eggs, and sugar. Use a blender or handmixer and blend or whip until the batter is frothy.
Put the butter pats in a 9×13 pan and put the pan in the hot oven to melt. The butter should be sizzling but watch carefully so it doesn’t brown.
Tilt the pan to make sure that the hot butter is evenly distributed and pour in the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes. As the pannukakku bakes it will puff up and climb the sides of the pan.
Use a knife or toothpick inserted in the center to make sure that the pancake has set up. Remove from the oven, cut and serve.
I don’t remember eating Mummu’s with syrup but that’s what we used today. A couple slices of bacon, a glass of juice and breakfast was perfect! I think the next time we have guests this is what I’ll be serving for breakfast.
I haven’t posted a Finnish recipe in quite awhile. I hope that you’ll try this.
4 thoughts on “Pannukakku or Kropsu (Finnish Pancake)”
This has become a breakfast standard for us. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
I’m so glad! Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog.
I was so disappointed in this recipe. My background is Finnish. I grew up on nissua, pasties, krupsu and lots of coffee! I thought I would try this recipe because I thought it would just make more! We can devour a 13× 9 pan in minutes. Well, it rose at least four inches above the edge of the pan. Those edges were too brown. I took a knife and cut off the top edges before serving it. When we tasted it, it was very thick and dry because it had way too much flour. In the garbage it went. My recipe calls for three eggs, a half cup of flour plus two more tablespoons. It has 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons of butter. I bake it at 400 for 15 to 20 min. I also like to sprinkles a little bit of cinnamon on the top before baking because it looks so pretty. I’m sorry for the bad review.
I’m very sorry it didn’t work for you. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me.