Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Pancake: Pönnukökur - Traditional Icelandic and Manitoba Style

It’s been a while since I posted. 
I’ve missed you, too.
We’ve been busy travelling and checking items off our bucket lists.
When you’re turning 70 - if you’re very lucky - that becomes the new norm.
We find travel to be wonderful, and I hope you’ve been having a good summer filled with great experiences, too.

I notice that the recipe for Hoito Restaurant’s Finnish Pancakes is one of  last week's top posts.
I posted that recipe in June, 2015, after we had been in Thunder Bay.
It was one of our favourite memories of our trip.

Who doesn’t love pancakes in all their many forms, flavours, textures, with all their toppings and accompaniments?

Well, the Icelandics pride themselves on Pönnukökur, their pancakes.
During the last evening of our trip to Iceland, after a delicious meal in a Reykjavík restaurant, we had a chance to sample Pönnukökur for dessert.
Our guide, Hildur, said her grandmother’s recipe was much better.
That’s saying something - everyone raved about the Pönnukökur we were enjoying.
Still, I do wonder about Grandma’s recipe. Don’t you?

In Manitoba we have a strong connection to the Scandinavian countries.
During Folklorama we have a Scandinavian Pavilion which gives a nod to each country:
Monday: Danish - sausages and tart
Tuesday: Finland - Finnish meat pies, carrot casserole and cookies
Wednesday: Iceland - Fish chowder and pönnukökur 
Thursday: Norway - Lamb Stew and krumkake
Friday: Sweden - Fish and cheese pie and rosettes
Sunday & Saturday: Roast Pork 
Each day’s menu also included meatballs, chicken and asparagus tart, cheese platter, and all the regular desserts – vinarterta, rice pudding, compote.
You never leave hungry when you eat with a Scandinavian - or a Manitoban!


Pönnukökur is usually cooked on a special Icelandic pancake pan, which is traditionally never washed or rinsed, not even with water.

The pancakes should be thin. A proper pancake is only about a millimeter thick! 
They are usually served rolled up with sugar (granulated or brown sugar and icing sugar) and rolled up, or filled with jam, folded into quarters and serve with whipped cream.
Icelandic cafés also serve them with ice cream. 

You can also stack them on a plate, sprinkling some sugar on top of each pancake.
They are good either warm or cold.

You can also bake the Manitoba Pönnukökur.
Lightly grease a griddle with butter and preheat.
Remove from heat and pour about 1/5 cup batter on it and bake.
Regrease pan lightly with butter for each pancake.

The Scandinavian Pavilions also served Janson’s Temptation and Kjotkaker.


In a bowl, whisk together  until thoroughly combined
3 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Melt in a small pot
1/2 Cup butter

Place in a large bowl
8 eggs
Whisk eggs until well beaten, then whisk in
1 Cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla 
Whisk the flour mixture into the sour cream mixture.
Stir in
4 Cups milk
the melted butter
Stir until you have a thin but smooth batter. 

Heat griddle to 350º - 400º F
Melt in griddle
1/2 teaspoon butter 
Heat over medium heat until the butter is fragrant.
Pour in enough batter to coat the skillet in a thin layer.
Allow to cook until the bottom is lightly browned, then turn the pancake over to brown the other side.
Remove to warm plates and keep warm.
Repeat, re-buttering pan now and then, until all of the batter is gone.
Fill each pönnukökur with brown sugar and icing sugar, and roll up.

                        Manitoba Style Pönnukökur

Makes about 2 dozen.

Sift together
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place in a large bowl
2 eggs
1/3 Cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup sour cream or buttermilk
Stir together.
Add sifted dry ingredients.
Mix under smooth.
Gradually stir in
2 Cups milk

Heat griddle to 350º - 400º F
Melt in griddle
1/2 teaspoon butter 
Add batter a half ladle at a time, making thin circles. 
Let brown on one side.
When bubbles appear on top, flip the pancake over. 
The colour should be golden brown on top and medium brown on bottom.  
Remove to warm plates and keep warm.
Repeat, re-buttering pan, until all of the batter is gone.

Serve hot spread with white or brown sugar and rolled up.
Or serve with blueberries and whipped cream.

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