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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oven Pancakes for Thursday--Uunipannukakku

Thursdays in Finland mean only one thing, pea soup for lunch, followed by a big piece of delicious oven pancake.  Today, my family slept late because of vacation, and at noon we had the traditional pancake.  It would have been a relaxing day, except that I woke at 5am to work on our remodeling project--every good Finnish family has to build a sauna.  Ours is finished except for the bathroom around it.  Today I worked on finishing the walls while my husband repaired a sewage drain.  As much as I hate finishing drywall, I think I got the better job!

Anyway, we didn't get the pea soup made, but the pancakes are simple and delicious.  I used the recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas' book, but tripled it in order to have enough to feed starving teenagers!

First, I beat nine eggs with my mixer until they were frothy, and preheated the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

 I then whisked in six tablespoons of sugar, 3 cups of milk, 3/4 cup of flour and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.  Cooking spray kept the pancake from sticking to the jelly roll pan that I used, but you could also smear it with butter.  The pancake was very thin when I put it in the hot oven, but puffed up as it cooked for about 15 minutes.  It had a custard-like texture.

If you don't have so many big eaters to feed, you can follow Beatrice's original recipe:  3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  She recommends baking this quantity in two 8 inch cake pans, and says that it should serve 4.  

These pancakes are perfect with strawberry jam, but today we only had blueberry jam in the cabinet.  I thawed some frozen blueberries and peaches to round out the brunch.  I hope you try this recipe soon and enjoy it as much as we do.  


  1. Those pannkaka look great! I too am an American who married a (Swedish-speaking) Finn. We were just married this past June and have been adjusting to living together and living in the U.S. We stumbled upon your blog about a week ago, and have really enjoyed it! We too have been looking for substitutes for Finnish ingredients in Western Pennsylvania, and have been pretty successful so far. We did bring an entire bag of spices from Finland, but we know they'll run out soon.

    Please take a look at our blog sometime!

    Also, we're very interested to see photos of the sauna build. Did you decide to design and build it yourself, or is it a kit that you're putting together?

    I mentioned to my wife that you can tell that there is a true Finn there since the sauna is finished first, then the rest of the bathroom.

  2. Thanks Weslie! Congratulations on your marriage, we've been married almost 17 years now. Hope it doesn't take you that long to get a sauna built...I'll post some photos of the sauna when the outside is a little better finished, we hope to be done this week. My husband ordered a kit from, but he modified it a little. The bathroom around it was an even bigger project, lots of existing problems so it had to be completely gutted and reframed. It all started as a little retiling project, and just kept growing.

  3. Pannukakku is my favorite dish...delicious with wild blueberry sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipes. We have sauna, too.

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