Today, I am sharing a yummy Norwegian Pancakes Recipe, in other words a pannekaker recipe. I am realizing as I write this, that we are kind of obsessed with pancakes. We have a few favorites that I have shared before, Pumpkin Pancakes, Birthday Pancakes, Amish Friendship Bread Pancakes and coming soon, Dairy-free Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes.
What are Norwegian Pancakes?
First, let’s touch on what Norwegian Pancakes are. Norwegian Pancakes or Pannekaker more closely resemble a crepe, just a little thicker. Like many of the recipes, I have been sharing recently, both here and on Instagram, are inspired by our new homeschooling journey. This year, I am homeschooling my boys due to their school being closed because of the pandemic.
Why Norwegian Pancakes?
This recipe was part of our curriculum for the Michaelmas celebration. You can learn more about Michaelmas here. In short Michaelmas tames the dragon and traditionally dragon stories and baked goods are part of the curriculum. We read a sweet story about a hungry dragon that lives in Norway, who is out foraging for cloudberries, when he meets a young boy who needs fire for warmth and their stove to make pannekaker.
This turned out to be a fun activity because my father in law has family in Norway and he shared all about the dragon story with them and told them about our newest obsession, cloudberries. I thought it would be fun to order some cloudberry seeds and grow them in our garden but apparently they can only grow in Norway (ha) but you can get Cloudberry jam at IKEA, except during the pandemic, of course!
Did we love them?
Now to the good stuff, these pancakes were phenomenal! Holy goodness! They were very easy to make and cook. Huge hit with my family. I was able to find lingonberry jam at Ikea and it was perfect with our Norwegian pancakes. In today’s Instagram post I shared a reel using hazel nut chocolate spread (think Nutella) and bananas, another winning combo. In other words, you can not go wrong with this Norwegian Pancakes Recipe! To that end, I hope you try them with your kids. However, if you do make sure you let me know how it goes!
This recipe is accompanies the Hungry Dragon story I shared above.
You will need: a mixing bowl, a frying pan (an iron skillet works great), a spatula
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar (we omitted)
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
!/4 teaspoon cardamom Optional
butter or margarine for frying
1. In the bowl, mix flour, salt, and sugar. Add the milk a little at a time while stirring. When you have used all the milk add the vanilla, cardamom, and eggs. Stir until the batter is even (without lumps) I use a hand blender and it works great.
2. Let the batter sit for 20 minutes. Then warm the frying pan and add a little melted butter or margarine.
3. POUR 1/4 cups of batter into the frying pan. Tip the frying pan from side to side to even out the batter.
4. Flip the pancake with a spatula and fry until brown. Store the pancakes between two plates to keep warm until you have used up all the batter.
5. Top the pancakes with berries or strawberry jam, sugar and butter, we love syrup, or whatever you prefer.
6. Roll up the pancakes with the toppings inside. Enjoy!
* The Source of this and and many other wonderful “Waldorf” style stories and delicious recipes, we highly recommend: The Sleepy Baker: A Collection of Stories and Recipes for Children