Icelandic pancakes, known in Iceland as "Pönnukökur" are a real treat! Such a treat, in fact, that these are eaten more often for dessert than for breakfast.
More like French crepes than the traditional pancake, they may have come from French sailors who came to Iceland to fish.
Cooks in Iceland say the secret to success is in the special pan called a pönnukökupanna (literally “pancake pan”) - Icelanders never wash their pancake pan - they build up the seasoning by simply wiping after use with a towel. Since you probably don’t have a pönnukökupanna, feel free to use your favorite pancake pan.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 and 1/4 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter
- Optional: I teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, or a tablespoon of brewed coffee
HOW TO MAKE:
MIX THE BATTER:
- Melt the butter, either in your pancake pan or the microwave.
- Combine the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Add about a cup and a half of the milk while whisking until there are no clumps left.
- Next, add the eggs, vanilla extract and the rest of the milk into the bowl while continuing to whisk. The batter should be very thin.
- Add the butter to mixture while whisking.
- The batter should be about as thick as cream – if it’s too thick, add more milk.
COOK THE PANCAKES:
- You might choose to leave the batter for about a half-hour before cooking – this will make the pancakes lighter.
- Grease your pan, and let it heat up at medium heat. Make sure the pan is hot before you start to pour.
- Pour the batter to make a very thin layer – it will help to rotate the pan as you pour the batter to make an even layer.
- Cook till the bottom is golden brown (about a minute or so), then flip the pancake over to cook the other side (from 30 seconds to a minute).
ADD THE TOPPINGS:
- Rhubarb jam is a traditional Icelandic topping, along with freshly whipped cream.
- Granulated sugar is another simple traditional topping.
- If you can find it in your local grocery, you might try Skyr, a traditional yoghurt-style product that is made with distinctive cultures - it's thicker and creamier than yoghurt, and Icelanders have been enjoying it for centuries.