Finnish Pancake Recipe (Pannukakku)

finnish pancake pannukakkuThis Finnish Pancake Recipe (Pannukakku) is a tradition passed down through many generations of Finns. Pancakes are a delicious breakfast or brunch food and use simple everyday ingredients. Pannukakku is an in-oven pancake cooked in an oven-safe pan or skillet. Comes out hot and fluffy and is well paired with a topping of berry syrup. Scrumptious!  I think this recipe is so popular among Finns because it is very filling breakfast, perfect for sustaining the cold winters.  This would also be divine with a cup of coffee, and the Finns love their coffee! This Finnish Pancake Recipe is also a good dessert dish, so you can feel free to serve it with ice cream or chocolate syrup on the top.  Also you may consider making a brown sugar glaze for it, if you want to eat it like cake.  I have eaten Pannukakku ever since childhood and it’s one of my favorite traditional Finnish foods.

Also this recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you are feeding. Perfect for serving at a brunch event on the weekends. Pannukakku is versatile so be sure if you want something extra sweet add on the whipped cream or nutella!

Finnish Pancake


Finnish Pancake Recipe (Pannukakku)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 2 pancakes

Finnish Pancake Recipe (Pannukakku)

This recipe for Finnish Pancakes is absolutely delicious! A wonderful finnish tradition to share with your friends and family or serve at a weekend brunch or party.


For Pancake Batter:
1 1/2 cups milk
6 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter
For Jam Topping:
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Top as desired with 1 cup cream, whipped until stiff peaks form (alternatively you can also use store bought whipped cream)


  1. Preheat oven to 450º.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract, stirring with a whisk until creamy. Mix in flour salt, baking powder to the egg mixture.
  3. Let batter rest in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. After the mixture is rested, melt butter and use pastry brush to brush the inside of a pan.
  5. Add extra butter to the batter.
  6. For this recipe you can use an oven-safe skillet or a ceramic or aluminum cake pan. I prefer using the skillet because the pancake will be fluffier on the top.
    * It should also be noted that if your skillet is not large enough, then the batter will rise up and out of the top of it (similar to a bowl-shape). This doesn't affect the taste of the pancake at all, but it may look a little messier.
    *If you would like a more uniform or flatter shape, use a 13 X 9 inch glass or aluminum pan to bake.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown on the top.
  8. Slice pancake, serve with maple syrup or cooked berries or jam.
  9. Topping Recipe:
  10. Combine berries, water and sugar in a small saucepan and boil until cooked.
  11. Serve on top of pancakes.


Pannukakku is an in-oven pancake. You can serve with a variety of toppings such as maple syrup, berries or nutella.

Did you know there are 37 types of wild berries that grow in Finland?


I also love traditional stove top pancakes! See Paula Deen’s recipe tips here!

Also really like this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce, which would be excellent on top of Pannukakku.

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11 thoughts on “Finnish Pancake Recipe (Pannukakku)

  1. Kate

    I am so excited to try out this recipe! Seems so yummy! But just one question, what do you do with whipped cream? Incorporate it into the batter or is it for later– on top of that yummy pancake?

    1. Amanda Post author

      Hi kate, Yes the whipped cream is used as the topping! You can also top with syrup, jam, melted chocolate, berries, chocolate chips, bananas, or any other toppings you like! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Gina

    Made this for just 3 people and have leftovers. I assume this will be good reheated but any other suggestions for using the portions left? And what about a chocolate version? Or is that not a thing to even consider?

  3. Rosemarie

    My father was born in Finland but was considered a Finn/Swede. My Mom who was not Finnish learned to make many dishes from his mother, my grandmother. I never got this recipe but had this every single Christmas.
    Now I can finally make it.

  4. Dave Morehouse

    My wife is 100% Finn and we have made pannukakkua all our lives. This recipe holds its own and tastes very traditional. Well done. 5 stars

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