Swedish pancakes

David’s brother Brian, who goes to MIT, was here for breakfast this morning before heading out to California for winter break. (We’re still crossing our fingers that his flight isn’t canceled due to the snow…) I made Swedish pancakes, using my mom’s recipe. Swedish pancakes are more like crepes than traditional pancakes.

I have memories of both of my parents surprising me with them on Saturday mornings, especially in winter. I would wake up on cold, snowy days to the smell of pancakes and lingonberries and thump happily down the stairs. Whoever was cooking would eat after the last pancake was made; everyone else ate them fresh off the griddle, as they were ready.

My mom’s Swedish pancake recipe

  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Jar of lingonberry sauce* for topping

*This can be purchased at many regular grocery stores and IKEA. If you don’t have lingonberry sauce, you could eat the pancakes with fruit and powdered sugar.

1. Whisk ingredients together. Whisk away as many lumps of flour as you can. The batter will be thin and somewhat runny.

2. Heat the griddle to 400 degrees (very hot). (Note: I don’t have an electric griddle, so I use a skillet. I turn up my gas stove to its highest setting to warm up the pan, and then cook the pancakes over medium heat.)

3. Use approximately 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. When the pancake ceases to be runny, and is light brown on the underside, flip it. The second side will take much less time to cook.

I eat my Swedish pancakes by putting a line of lingonberry sauce down the middle, rolling it up, and using my fingers to eat it. We had cantelope with our pancakes.

I eat my Swedish pancakes by putting lingonberry sauce down the middle, rolling the pancakes up, and using my fingers to eat. We had cantaloupe and hot apple cider with our pancakes today.

1 Response to “Swedish pancakes”

  1. Dan Says:

    My mom loves lingonberries, so you can imagine her excitement when an IKEA store opened here in Tampa this summer. (And the store is incredible.)