Friday, December 12, 2008

Oven Pancake

When I started this blog it was going to be very serious and professional-like, as distinguished from my personal blog which is fairly silly and low-key. Then I started noticing which blogs I keep going back to: the ones with personality. The serious and professional ones? Not so much. I decided to lighten up.

Even so, it feels a little strange, putting a recipe on this blog. (Do I feel strange about recipes on other book blogs? Why, no. I've gotten great recipes from Books and Cooks and others. Maw Books even asks authors for their favorite recipes when she interviews them. I love that!)

Anyway, I just discovered a new blog, B&b ex libris--she mentioned Powells on another blog and my ears (eyes?) perked up. Turns out she's down in Corvallis, a couple hours away from me. Anyhow, she's having a contest to give away Katie Brown Celebrates and in order to enter I need to post one of my favorite recipes.

This is one of my family's favorite breakfasts. We call it Pannu Kakku, because we used to make a Finnish recipe of that name, but we lost the recipe or returned the book to the library or something. We found similar recipe in a church cookbook, but it's called Dutch Babies and we've since adapted it so it's probably not authentically Finnish at all at this point but we still call it Pannu Kakku because it sounds cooler than Oven Pancake and Babies baked in the oven? That's just gross.

I stole the picture off the internet, but this is the same dish we cook ours in. Turns out Pannukakku is one word.

1 Tbs. butter (this is way less than the original recipe calls for)
5 eggs or equivalent in Eggbeaters
1 1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 fresh lemon, sliced into wedges
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Melt butter in two 2-quart pans in a 425 degree oven.
Meanwhile, put eggs in a blender and blend for 1 minute on high. Slowly pour in milk, then flour, and blend 30 seconds. Pour batter into hot pan and bake 20-25 minutes, until it looks like that picture except without so much butter pooled in the top. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over the top and powdered sugar.

Serves 4 hungry people.


  1. oh, YUM!!! That looks so good, SO GOOD! We sometimes eat something similar...called a Dutch Baby ( I know the title is horrid) but it looks a lot like this and the ingredients are really similar (if not the same) as well.

    I think I am going to make this for breakfast tomorrow. I have a bad urge to make it right now, but I should wait, right? yes, I should.

    Thanks so much for visiting, and it is SO cool that you are in P-town!!

  2. I like personality (and recipes) with my book reviews! I have a question about the recipe. Why are there two pans in the oven?


  3. Bethany, I hope you read Karen's question or figure it out for yourself before you make it! LOL

    Karen, First of all, HI!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just thinking about you (we're going to the beach cottage in Manzanita in early February--want to come?)

    Second of all: My recipe calls for a 4-quart pan, but I don't have one so I divide the batter between two 2-quart ones.

  4. Yum! My mom made this occasionally when I was a kid. I haven't thought a Dutch Pancake (our term...we avoided the whole baby problem) in years.

  5. Just stumbled upon you.

    OMG - I am LOVING that picture of pens.

  6. I love finding recipes to try out, and this one looks really easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. This looks so good, does it bake up like a soufle?

    Visit Kathy at, she posts a lot of yummy recipes (and great book reviews!)

  8. Of course I want to come to Manzanita! We stayed at a beautiful house there one year with my parents and brother when Ryan was about a year old. My friends who do the Oregon coast trip every year are in the planning stages. Fitting it in my schedule is more difficult this time, but I'm thinking about it . . . Will you be around on Martin Luther's Day weekend?

  9. Thanks, Jessi! It's super easy and so good with lemon. Bethany made one with berries and said it was delicious that way, too.

    Dawn, yep, it does exactly that--puffs up like a souffle but I think it's a bit denser than a souffle? I haven't had souffle in ages.

    BermudaOnion is one of the first few blogs I read when I log onto my reader. I'd forgotten about Kathy's recipes, though, she must be due to post another one soon.

    Karen, yes, we'll be home that weekend as far as I know. Are you coming our direction? Gosh, how we'd love to see you and any combination of L's.

  10. That looks so good! I've always wanted to make something like this but have never gotten around to it. Yum!

  11. Mmmmmm...I'm not a big breakfast person, but that looks like something I could handle...and eat throughout the rest of the day!

  12. I think I might try this for breakfast XMAS day. THANK YOU! and have a joyful holiday, Care