Thursday menu: Finnish Pancake or Pannukakku

Thursday menu: Finnish Pancake or Pannukakku

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Did you know that during Thursday in Finland, there is one traditional soup and dessert found in almost all schools and working place restaurants?

Pea soup or hernekeitto

Yes that is true, during Thursday there is this famous Finnish pancake or pannukakku and the pea soup or in local called hernekeitto. The pea soup is made from dried peas that are put overnight with water to soften. Then cooked with pork added with salt, pepper, mustard and onion. Some like it as almost puree texture.

Anyway, I didn´t make the pea soup from scratch. I just bought the ready canned and warmed it, added with water so that its not so thick texture. Why I don´t make my own? I do sometimes, once I even made a pea soup and added there the left over christmas ham and put in the freezer because it was a lot but usually I don´t. Simply because it´s so cheap to buy ready in canned and also we stayed late in the playground today, kids were hungry when we arrived home so it was quick to prepare.

My daughters love pea soup and its one of their favourites. I would say we have similar version also in the Philippines which is close enough but we used mung beans instead BUT minus the pancake.

Finnish pancake or pannukakku.

If there is the pea soup there must be always the Finnish pancake or pannukakku as dessert.

So this blog is about how to make a pancake the Finnish way. Its one of the easiest recipe I ever learned, you just mixed everything then put to the oven. Below is the recipe.


  • 100g melted butter
  • 4dl flour
  • 1.5 dl white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 8 dl fresh milk
  • chocolate chips – optional, its only kids request to have some twist

whipped cream
strawberry jam or any jam


  1. Melt the butter and let it cool
  2. Preheat the oven to 225 C
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, baking powder and salt)
  4. Add egg, butter and milk to the mixed dry ingredients
  5. Mix until all ingredients are totally combined
  6. Put to the oven tray and cook for 20-30 min
    I almost forgot to put the chocolate chips but I put it a few minutes before the pancake is cooked
  7. Prepare the whipped cream
  8. Serve the pancake with whipped cream and strawberry jam
Finnish pancake or pannukakku
Finnish pancake or pannukakku

Enjoy your Thursday Finnish pancake!

If you want to see other dessert in this blog check out here.

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