Friday, September 25, 2009

My Favorite Pancakes

I'm 50% Swedish. My dad is 100%. My mom says she got in his family because she had blonde hair and blue eyes.

My grandma, Elfie, was a great cook. She passed some of her skills on to both my mom and my dad. One recipe my mom still makes is Swedish Pancakes.

Most Saturday mornings, mom would make our family pancakes. If you heard the word pancake in our house, it was in reference to Swedish pancakes. I don't think we ever ate a normal pancake in our home.

When Drew and I would go home to visit when we were newlyweds, she would make those pancakes. We looked forward to it. Sitting at the dining room table in our pajamas eating as many pancakes as our bellies would hold.

It took me a few years to try to make them. And then took me a few tries to get the hang of making them.

Now, we eat them monthly. I like serving them for dinner.

I was so disappointed when I discovered Sage didn't like them. We thought he was not our child. Maybe he had gotten mixed up with another baby at the hospital. He is Swedish. He should like them. They are in his blood. He was adamant that he didn't like them.

But, last night. Last night! He declared he likes them. He likes them! He ate one. Levi ate one. Kolby ate three. I ate three. Drew ate four.

When Sage said he likes them now, I raised my hands in triumph. Levi copied.
We all celebrated.

I finally captured Levi's funny face! I thought it was cute that he had a piece of Swedish pancake on his nose. I didn't expect him to think it was so funny!

Here's the family recipe:

Swedish Pancakes

4 eggs well beaten
4T sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter (about 6 tablespoons)

Beat in order given (use a hand mixer). Bake on a hot griddle. (We've always used a round cast iron griddle) Spoon a laddle full onto griddle. Tip and turn the griddle so the batter spreads out all over. Use a flat spatula to flip it over. When it is done, roll it up. Serve hot with syrup. It's not necessary to grease the griddle.

(For dinner last night, I tripled the recipe)

What's your favorite family recipe?


  1. I love Swedish pancakes! I always ask for them for my birthday breakfast, so for a long time I got to eat them once a year. Now that I'm the cook I make them more often, but still not as often as I'd like. They are the best ever.

  2. The first picture is so funny!! And YES Levi's funny face! I've seen it before, so funny!

    Whoa way too many uses of 'funny' in this comment.

  3. Sounds good. Scott used to make Swedish pancakes too. We should start that again and try out your recipe.
    We make homemade pizza pretty much every week. When it's nice out, we cook it on the grill. Pretty tasty. Usually we put pepperoni no it and maybe onion and green pepper on Scott's half. In the summer we do tomato basil. Here's the crust recipe:
    3/4 cup warm water
    1 Tb sugar
    1 tsp yeast
    2 1/4 cups bread flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 Tb olive oil

    Mix the first 3 and let sit for a few minutes. Stir into the rest of the ingredients and kneed (in mixer) for several minutes. Let rise for an hour. Roll it out, put on toppings and bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Cute pics!

    I do have a question, though...what is the difference between Swedish pancakes and say, regular pancakes out of the Betty Crocker cookbook? Are they sweeter?

    My dad's side of the family (German and Bohemian) have a recipe for German potato salad that is made for every gathering. It rocks. It's an acquired taste, though. Think vinegar, vinegar, vinegar.

    My mom's side of the family (Puritans, literally) have a recipe for sugar cookies that also rocks. It's the frosting. Almond extract is used heavily.

  5. Y'all are such a fun family. My dad makes this thing called a German pancake. I wonder if it's similar.

  6. Those sound so yummy... we might have to try them next weekend! Or come over to your house the next time! ;)

    I don't think that we have any "cultural" recipes but my Grandma's cookies and pot roast are my FAVORITE!

  7. my family is swedish too- and i totally grew up eating those! we called them skinny pancakes... i LOVED rolling them up when i was little...oh, what am i saying?? i still do! :)



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