Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Finnish Breakfast

I think breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It might have something to with the fact that I usually don't have to think real hard to decide what to make. During the work week I eat two waffles every morning (they must be Eggos, no other will do). That's been my habit ever since I was a little kid. I even remember the day that my mom stopped cutting up my waffles for me and made me do it myself. I know, it's strange, I can't help it. It's a serious tragedy if we are out of waffles. My husband knows better than to eat the last one. So there's a little bit of my quirky side for you.

Anyway, I had promised to share my great aunt's Finnish Pancake - Pannu Kakku (sounds something like PAN-nu KOK-ku, but I'm no expert even though I am half Finnish) recipe we made this weekend. She had given me the recipe as part of my wedding shower gift over a year and a half ago so it was about time I made this.

Pannu Kakku
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)

1 Cup Flour

2 large eggs
2 T sugar
1/4 Cup butter

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Add butter to 9 x 13 pan and melt in oven. Mix other ingredients together and pour into pan. Bake until puffy and brown (about 25 minutes). Sprinkle some sugar on top. Serve with fruit topping, cinnamon sugar, syrup, whatever you think is tasty on a pancake!

She writes that my grandma and great grandma used to make this with fresh milk from the farm. Isn't it fun to look at some of the old recipes and pictures and imagine them back in the day? This is a really easy breakfast meal. And especially tasty with fresh fruit. I think it would be delicious with some baked cinnamon apples from the Apple Festival that we try to get to every year. Let me know what you serve with it if you decide to try it out.


  1. I used to make this all of the time. I married a picky man who won't eat anything new so it has been awhile. It is great topped with jam and sugar. I still have the recipe from the ethnic cookbook. I might have to crack out the recipe and see if my girls will eat it. I used to love watching it bubble up in the oven.

  2. yum!! I love breakfast too. I cant wait to try the recipe. Thank you! Did you know Duluth has a new resturant that just opened that is Finnish? I hear its good!

  3. Do you know where it is or the name? Sounds like something we should check out!

  4. Oh dear! Does that make me a bad mommy?! For shame....making you cut up your own waffle!!

  5. I think I may make this Friday morning (on my day off) for Henry and me before hitting some garage sales!


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