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My Spanish isn’t what it never used to be, but guess who has two thumbs and just celebrated a 25th birthday.

->this gal<-, that’s who!

I received so many wonderful gifts from my closest pals, and I include among them the gift of everyone’s presence at my karaoke bash, which is all I really wanted anyway. But SOME people (yes, I am talking about you, Erin) are apparently way the hell too cool and just had to go out and make my birthday extra-special—and I guess I can’t complain because you guys,




Absurdly awesome birthday gift.Absurdly awesome birthday gift.

Are you frickin kidding?! Totally adorable, funky, completely vintage and all mine. So I prefer family items because what’s vintage really without a good story, right? OH WELL HEY IT CAME WITH ONE OF THOSE TOO.

Absurdly awesome birthday gift.

This lovely oven proof cassarole [sic] was a Christmas gift from Billy to his Nana Mary Nicotera in 1971. Nana cherished it and never used it except to display on the kitchen counter. A lovely family heirloom which could be used as a cookie jar.

Billy purchased it at a fine quality gift shop in Marblehead. Unfortunately the ID card of the manufacturer went astray but it is of fine quality.
Bea Cannata
Billy’s mom 4/15/78

I can’t even believe that I have come to own a 40-year-old piece that may or may not have ever been used, but if it has, it certainly doesn’t show. So until I find a suitable cherry-popping recipe, I will cherish it and admire the class it brings to my kitchen counter.

Thank you, Erin, for sharing the most fantastic taste of anyone I know.

So this is completely unrelated to my birthday, other than I made it the morning of receiving The Great Gift. Finnish pancakes! There’s not too much in the way of ingredients, but they all pull their weight in a crescendo of souffle-like tastiness.

finnish pancakes

Man, that ingredient set is as white as Rhode Island.

In the mix.

I love the egg yolk peeking out from under there. Hello, little egg yolk!

What makes pancakes Finnish is, apparently, that they are pancaked in the oven rather than the stove top. This is a great way to serve a large number of people piping hot pancakes all at once.

PSA: Finnish pancakes are baked, not pan-fried.

Nice edges, *catcall*

Serving suggestions (2).


Sugar high.

Serve with love.

Finnish Pancakes
Courtesy of Massachusetts Poultry Association, Inc.
Buy lots of eggs!!!

4 tbsp butter, melted
4 eggs
2 c milk
1/2 c flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 450o, and pour the melted butter into a 9″x16″ baking pan.

Beat eggs until foamy but not whippy, until well-blended. Beat with milk, flour, sugar and salt. Pour into pan with butter and bake 20-23 minutes.

Serve any way you like! Serving suggestions pictured include powdered sugar & cinnamon and real Massachusetts maple syrup.



nutrition summary: (for 1 of 8 servings, made with fat free egg substitute & skim milk) 115 calories, 6g fat, <1g fiber; 3 weight watchers points

  1. Jason Said,

    Hey, I am an american living in Finland and saw your picture in foodgawker and had to come take a look! :) These look good and look just like the ones made here in Finland. I just thought I’d mention that usually in Finland people put jam on their pancakes (pannukakku in Finnish). Or sometimes just cinnamon and sugar.

  2. Estefania Casablanca Said,

    I was one of the lucky test subjects for the endeavor. LET ME TELL YOU! If you were not there, it’s your loss. I put thinly-sliced Granny Smith apple with cinnamon and sugar on mine. Although, by itself, the pancake was absolutely divine. I had seconds. Paired with good company and a cuppa joe, it was an amazing brunch.

  3. Val Said,

    Those look so good. I’ve always known them as puff pancakes, served with butter, powdered sugar & fresh lemon juice. The topping variety is really endless – but the pancake is always wonderful. Thanks for reminding me of this tasty & easy dish. ;o}

  4. Evelina Said,

    Hello! I’m from Sweden and I really don’t exactly know how I found your blog, but I love it!!
    Anyway, I like that you call the panncake above Finnish, not that I know it’s true history, but as you may know Sweden and Finland are neighbouring countries so we kind of have the same culture. Well!! What I ment to say is that I think all of Scandinavia makes this sort of panncake, in Sweden we just call it “ugnspannkaka” wich sort of means “oven pancake”.
    Have you tried making traditional swedish pancakes??

    Sorry for quite bad english, I just realized I haven’t written in english since I was in high school (22 yrs now)!!

  5. Pearl Said,

    Wow! You are so talented! Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? I love your blog :)

  6. Kelsey Said,

    When I get back from Korea and have access to an oven again, I will definitely have to try these.

  7. Mara @ What's For Dinner? Said,

    WOW thats one cool little shroomy casserole dish!
    Im passing this post onto my friend who’s Finnish and would LOVE the recipe!

  8. Leigh Said,

    Being of Finnish heritage on my mother’s side, this recipe got my attention pretty quickly! And the mushroom dish…too adorable! Is that vintage Pyrex?

    Will be trying this recipe.

  9. dawn Said,

    Oh cool, what a wild dish (the actual bowl and the recipe). Love it, never tried this recipe before.

  10. Muneeba Said,

    Happy belated b’day! Nice to have friends who know you SO well to get exactly what you’d secretly hoped for but never articulated! As for this recipe … yeah, definitely a keeper – can see many future brunches made easier because of this.

  11. ranearia Said,

    Happy Belated Birthday!
    This sounds very yummy and ingredients is something that is easy on hand!

  12. stephchows Said,

    happy birthday!! That vintage pot is amazing!!! What a great find :) And the pancakes look scrumptious to boot! 😀

  13. Michelle Said,

    This looks so yummy. And happy birthday to you, too!

  14. One Particular Kitchen Said,

    OOOOOH!!! I am SO making these next time my Finnish mother in law comes to town. Love it!

  15. Debby Said,

    I just posted my heirloom German pancakes, but I really like this version a lot. Your beautiful photos have inspired me to try baking this for breakfast. Thanks!

  16. Chuck Said,

    Happy Birthday!! You are very lucky to have friends like this. The pancakes are stunning. Love your blog will be back!

  17. lisaiscooking Said,

    Those pancakes look amazing. I have to try this!

  18. Esi Said,

    Happy birthday! Glad it was a great one. I want pancakes now.

  19. Irene Said,

    I love these golden pancakes (as well as the idea of popping them into the oven, how awesome). The casserole dish is very beautiful! I have a few items from my grandmother that I love – one is an orange pot with white polka dots. :)

  20. Karen @ Mignardise Said,

    I swear my mother had a dish just like that. It may have been Corningware.
    I love the pancake recipe – it looks so easy. I’d be smothering it in maple syrup from Maine.

  21. raych Said,

    Must. Needs. Eat.

    *noms fist*

  22. Kitchen M Said,

    Great photos and the pancake looks incredible! I’ve got to try this next weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe and happy belated birthday!

  23. Natalie Said,

    Love the casserole dish! I’m kind of obsessed with dishes and plates.. my husband seems to think we have to many, but how could that be possible? :)

  24. kickpleat Said,

    cutest dish ever. and i’d eat that pancake in a minute!

  25. naomi Said,

    happy birthday fellow Pisces! I’m all sorts of jealous about that dish. awesome! that Finnish pancake looks amazing…I’m always making crepes with jam but I keep coming across these oven baked pancakes lately…I think it’s a sign.

  26. justine Said,

    I love the clean white-ness of the pictures

  27. Claudia Said,

    Great idea to bake pancakes for a party. Great pictures!

  28. kayce. Said,

    that is the. best. casserole. dish. EVER. :) happy belated birthday!

  29. PamJ Said,

    I now know what I am having for lunch YUMMMM they look good… stumbled upon your blog today and glad I did :)
    Love the dish and the crisp white background too!

  30. Kate Said,

    Happy (late) birthday!

    Is a Finnish pancake the same thing as a ‘German’ pancake? Maybe it’s just a region thing, not sure. I know that I like a German pancake every once in a while, but the husband just can’t get into them – too eggy for him, “more like a fat crepe,” he says. Guess we’ll just stick to ‘regular’ pancakes – but yours are still lovely!

  31. lo Said,

    Too, too, fun. I love the dish!!
    And those Finnish pancakes… delish. I’m NOMMING like crazy over here.

  32. Kevin Said,

    Those pancakes look good!

  33. rowdykatie Said,

    Ohmigod, I made this tonight and it’s so good and so easy.

  34. ansella Said,

    Awwww….. happy belated birthday for you dear “hugz’

    keep up the good work okay ^^
    ‘still droolin from the last post’

  35. [eatingclub] vancouver || js Said,

    The casserole is beautiful! And the pancakes — wow! They’re heavenly!

  36. Amanda Said,

    That looks marvelous and so simple too.

  37. kahmiel Said,

    these remind me a whole lot of german pancakes that my mom would make for me as a child. i lived in germany for a bit as a toddler so i can only assume that she learned to make them there. :)

  38. Laura a Said,

    “Man, that ingredient set is as white as Rhode Island.”
    Haha sure…make fun of the littlest state >.< :p

  39. RecipeGirl Said,

    First of all, hope you had a happy bday. And that treasure that you got… wonderful piece. I’d love that too. (We’re also karaoke afficionados!)

    Finnish pancakes… I expected them to be similar to Swedish pancakes. Perhaps they are- very eggy and thin. Love that they’re cooked in a pan.

  40. Miyoka Said,

    I just popped these in the oven… when I poured the egg mixture into the pan the butter sorta floated to the surface so I’m crossing my fingers that it didn’t badly affect the recipe!

  41. MandyA. Said,

    I’ve never seen Finnish pancakes anywhere but my mom’s kitchen! Weird! Yours look just like hers! Its the same exact recipe! Can you tell I’m excited? They’re so good! Nobody’s ever heard of them- but they’re so yummy and puffy!

  42. Bianca Said,

    Hi! Stumbled across your site via the Al Dente Amazon blog. The casserole looks a bit like Arabia of Finland. They made enamel bowls with a similar mushroom design. Great blog :)

  43. Meghan Said,

    I just made this as a late night snack, and oh man, delicious. Everyone loved it.

  44. Lennongirl Said,

    Thanks so much – this was awesome! And coming from someone who doesn’t normally make breakfast-type dishes (I’m pretty lazy in the mornings…), that’s saying a lot! I will DEFINITELY make this again, it’s so quick & easy (and not to mention damn tasty!)

  45. JM Said,

    I am 100% Finnish, and grew up in Northern Michigan (a heavily Scandinavian populated area). This is called “Pannakakku” lit. “Pan Cake”. The finn pronunciation would sound more like pan-eh-guk-gu. My mother made this all the time when I was growing up. We actually ate it more for brinner (breakfast-dinner) then just for breakfast. Everyone in my family always sprinkles granulated sugar on top while it’s still warm. It’s also really good with a side of thick-cut bacon. Great website.
    ps Happy belated birthday
    pps I had my 26th birthday on March 11th.

  46. Pepper Said,

    High Altitude adjustments?
    Hey there! Stumbled Upon this great site and will make these tomorrow for in-laws coming to visit! Any high altitude adjustments/suggestions for the mile high city? Great pics!

  47. Brittany Said,

    Dear Aleta,

    I had a woeful time trying to make this recipe at my boyfriend’s house. The combination of not knowing where anything is in his kitchen, not having the right size pan, and never having made this recipe before seems to have resulted in a pwning harder than that of Godzilla and Mothra teaming up against Japan.

    The day started off pretty nice. I scribbled the recipe down on a piece of paper and took off to boyfriend’s house. I’m pretty sure what some of the things I did wrong are, but I’m going to detail what I did to make sure I didn’t screw anything else up too. (Quite possible.)

    First, we melted the 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. To liquid. It was unsalted. Not sure if that affects it. Then we poured it in the baking dish. I suspect this may have been our first mistake, because if solidified before we got anything in there.

    I’m also pretty sure using an 8×8 glass dish was our second mistake. We didn’t have any other size and I’m pretty sure the fact that it was glass and not metal might have done something.

    I was a little unclear about what “beat the eggs until foamy and not whippy meant”. I cracked all 4 eggs in a bowl and beat them like I was making scrambled eggs until a few bubbles were on the surface. This seemed to take a while since I was using a fork. :/

    Then we added the 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 salt and mixed it, then poured it in the dish and put it in the preheated oven at 450 degrees.

    Here is where I realized we did something terribly, terribly wrong. It took forever to cook. FOREVER. It was in the over for over an hour and was still not quite done but the top was beginning to burn. It was extremely eggy and soggy. It was almost like the other ingredients weren’t even in it and we had just cracked a ton of eggs in the dish and baked them. It expanded an incredible amount. It was about four or five inches thick when it came out.

    We left it on the counter to cool and it deflated. Yes, deflated. It was about 2 inches thick when we came back and I wouldn’t let boyfriend eat it even though he said it didn’t taste that bad because I was afraid he would get salmonella trying to make me feel better.

    Our attempt at this was a general failure all around. What can we do differently if we try again?

  48. Michelle Said,

    It’s so nice to see pancakes other than the French and American versions. These Scandinavian pancakes look scrumptious!

  49. Phoebe Said,

    I just made these for brunch and they are sooo easy and delicious!!

    I served them layered with golden syrup, fresh sliced strawberries and banana, whipped cream and a balsamic and citrus juice syrup. Three children with empty plates and big smiles testifies to their yumminess! Thanks for a new addition to our brunch repertoire :)

  50. Phoebe Said,

    eta:to Brittany, with the size of your dish, maybe try halving the recipe? I also warmed my tin before adding the butter so that it stayed liquid.

  51. Ilkka Said,

    It’s nice to see an authentic Finnish recipe for once in the web and on stumbleupon. That said, I’m Finnish myself and even living in Finland. + I think I’ve seen some kind of bowl in our kitchen with the same pattern. Of course for baking :)

  52. Kati Said,


    I’m also from Finland and found this on FoodGawker. My mother always used to make these pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes, replacing some of the flour with the mash. They make for even more fluffy pancakes. Serve with freshly whipped cream and sweet rasberry jam, and milk to drink.

    Certain childhood memories just don’t disappear… <3

  53. boooo Said,

    this is so fucking gay

  54. Jen Said,

    This recipe also works with a gluten free flour blend that I made. I tried it this morning for breakfast and it hit the spot! Thanks for the recipe!

  55. Michele Said,

    I’ve been making this exact recipe, procured directly from the Massachusetts Poultry Association representatives at the Eastern States Expo Fair in Massachusetts, for > 20 years. It’s one of my favorite recipes. Your photos make it look really beautiful.

    I have 2 tips:
    1. You can halve or quarter the ingredients if you reduce the pan size. I use a 9×11 glass baking pan for 8 eggs, an 8×8 glass pan for 4 eggs, and a breadloaf pan for 2 eggs. Reduce the cooking time a little bit, too.

    2. It’s great topped with maple syrup. It tastes a lot like French toast.

  56. Elizabeth Said,


    I stumbled across your blog, and realized that this is the same as what my mom would make our family! Except we called it krubswa (sp?). I always ate mine with butter, syrup, and homemade blueberry or raspberry jam. And it’s delicious! It is still my favorite breakfast!

  57. Maghan Said,

    These are so good that a lot of countries claim them. I’ve known them as Dutch babies, German pancakes and now Finnish pancakes. Whatever the name is, they’re delicious!

  58. Katja Said,

    Hm. Not what I expected. My mom just passed so I’ve been trying to recreate some of her dishes, including Finnish pancakes. She made hers on the stove. They were thin and crepe like. We’d smear some syrup or jam on it, roll it up and eat it in sections. It was like one long roll up. Allergic to eggs, so I’m going to try replacing them with banana.

  59. Randy Said,

    @ Katja:
    There are two very different kinds of “pancakes” to be found in Finland. “Pannukakku” is the name for the oven-baked souffle-like pancake….it’s name literally translates as pan-cake…since it resembles a cake. The other crepe-like pancake that is cooked on the stovetop is called “lettu” which translates loosely as “plate”. If you do a google search on ” finnish lettu recipe” you should find it. Both types are typically served with fruit preserves and/or a drizzle of cream, and not syrup, as American’s tend to eat pancakes.
    If you can find lingonberry or cloudberry preserves at a gourmet grocery or IKEA, try them with these recipes… will be authentically Finnish!

  60. Megan Said,

    I’ve made this recipe several times-my mom even requested the recipe from me. Delicious! Thanks for putting this up here =D

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  62. Annie Said,

    Wow, I saw the name Finnish Pancakes and had to see if they were anything like the Norwegian Pancakes passed down in my family. Not quite! But I love the idea of puffy pancakes baked in an oven–I shall definitely have to try to make these soon!

  63. Loriann Said,

    We call this Krupsua…. that is the traditional “old” name for them. Many speaking modern Finnish call them Pannakakku. We serve them on Sundays for breakfast. Some people pour maple syrup on them, or sometimes jam. They are different from Finnish pancakes, which are very thin crepe-like pancakes. We also have these for breakfasts, and put butter and maple syrup on them. Krupsua is made in the oven, pancakes made in a griddle on the stove. As for the Krupsua recipe, if you melt the butter and cool it, before you add in, it will not separate as much. We often make them in pie pans, make sure to not overfill, at it rises quite a bit.

  64. Alex McCoy (Sanni) Said,

    I grew up on this. My mother was full-blooded Finnish. She made half this recipe most of the time. She preheated a cast-iron frying pan in the oven, while melting the butter at the same time. I love jam on it! We call it Pannakakku.

  65. vodkaslur Said,

    Just made this, it was gross if i’m honest, just tasted like a sweet omlette :/

  66. Merry Said,

    Was interesting to see someone (#63) call these oven pancakes ‘Krupsua’. My husbands grandparents came over to the USA when they were 3 and 5, this was back in the early 1900’s. The recipe I have from Grandma was almost the same as this one.(and we have always called it Krupsua) Her recipe had 3 eggs instead of 4. This has always been a family favorite. When they lived with us when they were in their late 80’s every Sunday evening we would have Krupsua for supper and Grandpa always had to say the Lord’s Prayer in Finnish before he would eat. He loved his Krupsua. Another pancake from the old country (Dutch) is Flenjes or Crepes which we also make often.

  67. Aly Said,

    I think the cassserole dish is by IIttala, a Finnish china and glass company. They also made a deep white and black enamel bowl, my Mom had one during the 60’s amd 70’s/ Hope this helps you out! Love the asserole, very MCM.

  68. Kate Said,

    I agree with vodkaslur (#65), this tasted to me like a sweet omelette. It did not cook properly, even after 40 minutes. I should have went with my gut and heated the pan in the oven with the butter, so that the batter began to cook immediately, instead of pouring it into a cold pan. It rose like a souffle, and browned on the top (much more than pictured), but was soggy, and uncooked in the middle (like scrambled eggs).

    I am not new to baking, cooking, or using my own (new) oven so I’m just putting this recipe to rest and making a dutch baby in my cast iron pan.

  69. Cheryl Naasko Said,

    This is Finnish pannukukku; best served with tart fresh raspberry sauce. It is very eggy and not like a regular floury pancake. You should heat the pan first with the melted butter for best results.

  70. Eila Said,

    Mushroom dish is by Arabia china from Finland, desing is called Tatti ( a big mushroom) and the ssigner is Ester Tomula.

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