visit to Flour Haven Bakery, I could not get pannukakku out of my head. I found a few recipes that I pinned to my "Recipes to try - jennybakes" board in Pinterest for the next opportunity I had to bake for people (this is where I store all the recipes I'm just waiting for a chance to make!) My group in the library had a retreat, and I decided to bring breakfast. I knew it had to be pannukakku.
When searching for a recipe, it was important to me that the recipe was not merely another oven pancake like the recipe I used to have in rotation from the Betty Crocker cookbook with its equal amounts of egg, flour, and milk. It is tasty, but the pannukakku I had tasted was more custardy than that.
I found a recipe from Whiterock that looked perfect. It is an adaptation from a recipe she got from her friend in the U.P. of Michigan, where I imagine there are a lot of Finnish people. In her family, they call it Bunny Cake, which is a slight tweak on the pronunciation of pannukakku (bun-a-guck-ooh, according to that blogger.)
I made it exactly as written, although I took too long and the first stick of butter burned in the oven. After cleaning out the pan, I melted another stick in the microwave and put about a third of it into the pan, adding 2/3 of it to the batter. Other than that, the recipe that follows is exactly what I did, adding raspberry jam and powdered sugar.
Pannukakku (Finnish Pancake)
1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups whole milk
In a 9x13 inch baking pan, melt the butter in the oven while it preheats
to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, with electric mixer, beat eggs until blended
and frothy. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until sugar is dissolved. In a
separate bowl, stir salt into flour. Alternately add flour mixture and
milk to egg mixture, mixing well between each addition. Add
approximately 2/3 of the melted butter and mix in. Pour batter over the
remaining butter in the pan.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. Serve warm.
While I was pining after pannukakku, I found this silly animated video with a pannukakku song. Enjoy! And let me know what you think after making this delicious breakfast. Seriously, my mouth is watering for more.