Swedish pancakes

Swedish pancakes (served with sausage)
Swedish pancakes (served with sausage)

I was first introduced to this family recipe by Michael when we started dating, and it’s really good. He’s previously posted it on his website, so, without further ado, I’m just going to share his description and recipe for these delicious pancakes:

“Swedish people love their Swedish pancakes. Being that I am an ethnic Swede (though not full blooded), I also love Swedish pancakes. Personally, I hate normal pancakes more than almost anything in the whole world, but I really like Swedish pancakes. Despite what people will tell you, Swedish pancakes are not difficult to make. For Swedish pancakes, you will need the following ingredients.”

Swedish pancakes
(Makes 7-8 pancakes)
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza

  • 2 cups milk (475 mL)
  • 4 Tbsp butter (60 g)
  • 1 cup flour, sifted (110 g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp salt (5 mL)
  • 4 eggs, beaten

IMPORTANT: DON’T MIX ANYTHING YET! As the old adage says, “haste makes waste.”

Put the butter and the milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the butter has melted. Let cool slightly. While whisking, slowly pour the milk mixture into a large bowl with the flour, baking powder, salt, and eggs. Mix the batter with a whisk until it is smooth.

Heat a greased 9-inch (~23 cm) frying pan on the stove at medium to medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/2 cup (120 mL) of batter into the pan (you can swirl the pan a bit to evenly distribute the batter). Fry the first side of the pancake until the top no longer has the consistency of batter. Flip the pancake over and fry the other side.

Place jam, syrup, or powdered sugar on top of the pancake, and roll it up using a fork. Enjoy.

Silly superstition: The first pancake is always ruined. I am sure that there is a good convincing scientific explanation for it, but I have yet to see it. Being someone who is not superstitious in the least, I was very skeptical of this “the first pancake is always ruined” claim. However, now that I have cooked Swedish pancakes myself, I have realize that it is very plausible, if not actually true.

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