Lately, my husband and I have been doing our weekly date on Thursday mornings. Somewhat unconventional I realize, but it saves us the babysitter trouble, our three-year-old is in preschool and neither of us has to teach at that time. It has actually been wonderful and we can’t wait for Thursday to come around each week.
This past Thursday we decided to go to breakfast at a local place called Suomi Cafe. The picture says Suomi Restaurant, but I have never heard anybody refer to it as anything but a cafe. Go figure.
Anyway, in case you’re wondering, Suomi means Finland. I live in Houghton, Michigan, and this town/area is basically little Finland. When my fourth grader did her Heritage Day at school the teacher mentioned that it was a stretch to find any other ancestry but Finnish for about half the class. I’ve begun to really learn what makes a Finnish surname, as well as plenty of first names. And now I have tried some Finnish food (besides the pulla my two good college friends always made at Christmas time) (they served their LDS missions in Finland) and have lots of plans to try more.
We ordered the normal eggs and sausage but we added Finnish French Toast (funny name, eh?) and Pannukakku. Which, if you haven’t already figured it out, is a type of pancake.
It is a pancake unlike anything you have ever had. Absolutely to die for! We were in heaven.
So much so, that for Friday night (just a day later), my husband found himself a recipe and made us breakfast for dinner. Eggs, sausage and Pannukakku. I’d have taken a picture of the custardy, mouth-watering goodness, but we ate it much too quickly to think of getting the camera out.
But here is the recipe (courtesy Allrecipes.com). I know the ingredients make it look pretty ordinary, but it isn’t. It is decadent. Really.
We ate it with raspberry or blackberry jam (locally made) on top. But you can use syrup or whatever you like.
Updated 6/2015: Now that we have been gluten-free for several years, we still use this recipe and just substitute rice flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour for the all-purpose flour and it works out wonderfully! It has become our traditional Christmas morning breakfast!
Finnish Pannukakku Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Melt the butter in a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the beaten eggs and milk; mix well. Tilt the baking pan to coat all of the sides with butter, then pour the excess butter into the batter, and mix until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve hot.