Is there such a thing as oven baked pancakes? The Finnish pancakes, Pannukakku, will make you a convert, plus they are quick and easy to prep! They pair beautifully with blueberries.
Have you ever tasted oven baked pancakes? It’s a whole new world of yum! These Pannukakku Finnish pancakes may remind you of Dutch baby pancakes but they have their own twist. This Finnish pancake recipe is really an easy homemade pancakes breakfast to make and they are simpler to cook than on a griddle.
Traditionally the Pannukakku recipe is topped with fruit after it has been baked. But for my baked pancake recipe, I was inspired to add a few blueberries on top of the batter just before cooking them in the oven. A wise decision, as is the blueberry sauce for pancakes on the side.
Finnish food and Finnish recipes
Finnish cuisine is a mix of hardy country fare and fine cuisine. Not everyone can pull that off! The cornerstone ingredients of Finnish dishes are meat, fish, mushrooms, barley, oats, exotic berries, and dairy.
The meats are usually pork, beef, duck or game like reindeer. Hunting and fishing are big here. There is a lot of water to catch fresh fish in. And the woods are perfect for mushroom and berry picking.
Porridges, heavy wholemeal bread, cabbage rolls, and stews are popular in colder months. In the summer berries are added to meat and to lots of dessert recipes. Dill and chives are popular too in the warmer months, perfect for making gravlax.
Want to make a Finn mad? Take away his coffee, salty black licorice, and strong local spirits. Then run away very fast!
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Pannukakku, the Finnish pancake
The Finnish Pannukakku is unlike any other homemade pancake recipe you have ever tried. As the pancake batter recipe cooks in the oven, you will witness a quick rise. This is truly the ultimate fluffy pancake recipe. But just like a souffle, this Finnish breakfast dish will start to deflate once taken out of the oven and take on more of a crater appearance.
By the time you serve these easy homemade pancakes and enjoy your first bite, you may be taken aback by the taste and texture. They do not taste like pancakes so much. Rather, they are almost like a mix of custard, French toast, and crepe…yet thick like a pancake.
The sides are crispy and offer a more eggy flavor. The rest will be soft and tender while eaten warm. My Finnish blueberry pancake recipe is best right out of the oven. I had leftovers and the texture changed dramatically once out of the fridge. Imagine a very dense custard that has been thickened with flour. It’s not unpleasant, but right of the oven is best.
You can omit the blueberries from the oven pancake recipe if you wish and top them later with jam, fruits, or maple syrup. I personally really liked this version with blueberries.
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How to prepare pancakes, specifically oven baked pancakes
Now everyone knows how to make pancakes on the griddle or pan, so why would someone want to oven bake their pancakes in the first place? It all about the show and the resulting texture of the ultimate puffy pancake recipe.
The first important step is preheating your oven at a high temperature, with the baking dish in the oven. Once hot enough, the dish is quickly taken out, the butter poured in, followed by the batter. You will see the batter starting to set on the edges right away.
It’s time to get the dish back in the oven asap! In no time the cooking batter will puff up like a giant pillow around the edges, which will become brown and crisp. Really, stay near to oven and watch the magic show.
Finnish Pancakes (Pannukakku)
- 1 cup full fat milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Icing sugar and/or lemon zest for garnish
- In a medium bowl, whisk very well the milk, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make sure there are no lumps. Set aside to rest for 30 min.
- Melt the butter and set aside. Measure 1/4 cup of blueberries and set aside.
- Place a 9 by 13 inch baking dish (or similar size) in your oven and preheat to 425° F.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Heat on low until the blueberries are warm. Mash them a bit with a fork. Set the sauce aside.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and quickly pour in the melted butter. Brush butter up the sides of the dish and pour in the batter. Top with reserved blueberries and return to the oven as fast as you can.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set. If after 15 minutes the pancakes are already browned, cover loosely with tin foil. The pancakes with rise very high and be very puffy.
- When taken out of the oven, they will deflate. Top with lemon zest and/or icing sugar if desired. Serve the cut portions on plates and spoon the blueberry sauce on top.
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I want to make this! Like right now for breakfast! Thanks for introducing me to Finish baked pancakes…
A few people have gotten back to me and said they did make this one asap lol. I hope you do give it a try.
Much, much easier than the Dutch Babies. Love that you through everything in together and you don’t have to saute apples (or whatever) for a topping. Love this. Thanks!
Yes this recipe is so much easier than Dutch or german or regular frying pan. I already have 3 people who tried it and they all rave about the recipe.
Thank you for this amazing drooling recipe, I tried this at home yesterday and it turned out to be so delicious and amazing….. And more importantly, it has blueberries.
Keep sharing 🙂
Oh thank you Rachel, I love getting feedback when sometimes a recipe. I am so happy you loved them.
These look delicious! I love how you baked some blueberries right into the pancake.
Thanks Tara, I thought it was a nice addition on top of the blueberry sauce 🙂
This reminds me of Dutch pancake…so good with all the blueberries!
they are a bit like Dutch pancakes indeed, dare I say these are better!
This sounds lovely. I have houseguests for the month of July and this is going to be breakfast before the month is over.
Oh your guest will be very happy 🙂
How can I resist this oven pancakes…it is a breakfast dessert…looks delicious, especially loaded with blueberries…thanks for the recipe Evelyne. Have a wonderful week!
Thanks Juliana, they are truly amazing for breakfast. have a great weekend!
Oh…we’ll try these Finnish Pancakes for sure! Yes, they resemble a Dutch Baby pancake, but even better, because it’s baked! Great idea to add the blueberries on top before baking! Yum!
they are a bit like Dutch pancakes indeed, dare I say these are better!
Neat dish — love its appearance. And I’ll never turn down blueberries. Really good stuff — thanks.
Thank you John it will convert you from regular pancakes 🙂
I’m game for anything that can be described as custard, French toast, or a crepe. Especially if it also involved blueberries.
Yeah it’s a dangerous and addictive combo 🙂