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Pannukakku, the ‘Finnish Pancake’

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Pannukakku is a Finnish dish that is often referred to as a “Finnish pancake.” It is a very simple mixture of eggs, milk, flour, and sugar, but it is a more delightful treat than what one might expect from its commonplace ingredients.

This recipe is inspired by the pannukakku of the Suomi—a restaurant in Houghton, Michigan—although it is not the Suomi’s recipe. It is the result of testing many recipes and tweaking the ingredients.

Perhaps the most difficult part of this recipe is pronouncing it. According to some of the Keweenaw locals of Finnish descent, it is pronounced “BAH-noo-gock-goo,” with the stress on the first syllable and short, “g” sounds – the “B” sound may indicate a “P” with no puff of air. Listen to the Finnish pronunciation, here.

Pannukakku Recipe

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Set the oven temperature to 425 degrees.

Use a wire whisk or a fork to beat the eggs until they are fluffy. Add the milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Add the flour and mix. There will be little lumps of flour in the batter.

Do not beat into submission! Do not use an electric mixer! Do not pass go or collect $100! Over-mixing will make the pannukakku too dense. Also, do not rest the batter.

Put 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in an 8–11-inch pan and place in the oven, even if the oven isn’t heated to 425. Melt the butter completely without burning. This should take about five minutes.

When the butter has melted, remove the pan from the oven and tilt it to coat the bottom of the pan with the butter. Leave the excess butter in the pan.

Pour the batter into the pan—the hot edges of the pan will immediately begin cooking the outer part of the pannukakku—and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

The batter will rise above the edges of the pan and will be a golden color when finished. Remove from the oven and rest for three minutes. The pannukakku will settle. Unlike other pannukakku recipes, the edges of this pannukakku will not be much higher than the middle.

Cut into six pieces. Serve with jelly, jam, or preserves.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1/6 of the Pannukakku

Weight Watchers POINTS: 4
The Zone blocks: 1

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7 Responses to "Pannukakku, the ‘Finnish Pancake’"

  1. Sara Wilda says:

    I had the Suomi’s Pannukakku just this morning before leaving Houghton, MI. Now, back in Appleton, WI, I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  2. Joona Palaste says:

    I saw a link to this blog on Wikipedia. I speak Finnish natively, so I wanted to tell you that the pronunciation “BAH-noo-gock-goo” you give in this post is very much wrong. In Finnish, “p” and “k” are pronounced just like in English, not like “b” and “g”. A better pronunciation would be “PAH-noo-kock-koo”.

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  3. Mike Louck says:

    I lived in Finland for three years and I agree with Joona Palaste’s pronunciation of Pannukakku. Pannukakku is quick and easy to make and the taste is great. It has been fourteen years since I lived in Finland and I still make the wonderful tasting pan cake two or three times each month.

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  4. Heidi says:

    I disagree with the pronunciation…
    the a in kakku is NOT like O in ‘gock’! it’s like a U in duck… all of the As are the same sound in pannukakku…
    the P is kind of in between a B and a P… more like a sound made with the lips not the vocal chords….
    the G is in between a g and a k… again a sound, but in the back of the throat NOT with voice from the vocal chords and lungs…
    the U is like the sound of the oo in ‘book’ it’s a short sound…

    I hope this has helped :D
    oh and remember if there is one letter it’s a short sound…. double letter (the Ns and Ks eg) it is a longer sound, because Finnish is 100% phonetic ;)

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  5. Diane Ursu says:

    All, please keep in mind that the pronunciation is not the point of this article, nor did I claim that this is the pronunciation from Finland. It is the pronunciation used in a certain region in the United States, and it has a couple of different pronunciations in that region.

    Also note that if you really want to know what Finnish pronunciation is, I provided a link to an audio file, and that link has been there since the creation of this article, so this debate has been pointless. No more comments regarding pronunciation will be approved. If you have comments regarding this recipe, such as how to improve it, those are welcome.

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  6. melissa says:

    Who cares how its pronounced? Its delicious :D

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  7. Robert says:

    My family has lived in Hancock (were the true Finns are :P ) for generations and we actually have the recipe and yours is close! Mmmm, just thunking abkut it makes me want to whip up a batch. :)

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