Pannukkau {Finnish Pancake}

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My hubby’s mom is Finnish. Her parents literally came over to America on a boat from Finland. When I met my hubby’s parents for the first time, they made Pannukakku for breakfast. It was so fun having her teach me how to make this and it was surprisingly easy. One of my favorite memories with them was the weekend I spent meeting them in Chicago. I was seriously amazed at how delicious this pancake was. It is hard to describe a finnish pancake. Basically if a crepe, a custard, a pancake and french toast had a baby, this would be it! Doesn’t that just sound amazing?? All of your favorite things rolled up into one!

My hubby’s mom would make him these pancakes every year on his birthday. So guess who just had a birthday? The hubs. But this birthday was a little more special than the rest. He turned 30!! I had to make him pannukakku of course and then completely surprised him with a getaway to a resort, snow tubing, a nixon watch, and the best tickets that I could buy to the Avalance vs Blackhawks game in Denver! Woot woot! I am a great wife like that. We had such a fun day together. I am so glad that after a year of asking his mom for the recipe to this that I finally got my hands on it! This is one delicious pancake!

A Pannukakku Finnish pancake garnished with whipped creame and two slices of strawberries with bacon on the side.

Rating: Definitely 5 stars! Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Review:  These are so excellent and easy. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand and ready to make. You can serve them up with fresh fruit on top, whip cream, syrup, or even some jam. I also served it with peppered bacon and found a new and delicious technique to make them in the oven. I will never make bacon on the stove again! This is a favorite family recipe that we will be making again and again!



5 from 2 votes
Pannukkau pancakes are so fun to make and create the best breakfast!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 people



  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter

Peppered Bacon

  • Bacon I used the yummy thick stuff
  • ground black pepper
  • brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 400. Place the butter in a 9×13 and put into the oven to melt and become slightly bubbly.
  • Whisk together (I do this in my kitchenaid) the 4 eggs until combined.
  • Add the flour, milk, salt, and sugar. Blend together until batter is thin.
  • Pull the pan out of the oven with the melted butter that is slightly bubbly.
  • Gently and slowly, pour the batter on top of the melted butter.
  • Cook for 30 minutes. When it is done, it will be golden brown around the edges and bubble up especially over the sides.

Peppered Bacon:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place the bacon laying side by side on top of the aluminum foil.
  • Bake about 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness.
  • Once done, transfer to paper towels so that the excess grease can drain.


Serves: 4

Calories427kcal (21%)Carbohydrates44g (15%)Protein14g (28%)Fat21g (32%)Saturated Fat12g (60%)Polyunsaturated Fat2gMonounsaturated Fat6gTrans Fat1gCholesterol231mg (77%)Sodium673mg (28%)Potassium307mg (9%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar20g (22%)Vitamin A867IU (17%)Calcium209mg (21%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Finnish
Keyword pannukkau
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Just wanted to say my mother was Finish and my mother also came over on the boat from Finland. I was so excited to see this recipe. My mom died in 2020 with this recipe thank you so much

  2. 5 stars
    I’m an American, living in Finland with my Finnish wife. She has made me these pancakes often. I thought I would try it myself as a surprise, to start our Vappu celebration (May Day weekend). She liked the results. She normally uses 3 eggs and less sugar. My only comment was that I should have let it cook another 5 minutes. Thanks fpr the recipe.

  3. 2022 and still using this recipe. My mom used to call it Kropsua . Now an Easter tradition. Thank you.

  4. These are amazing and taste just like the pancakes my host mom would make when I lived in Helsinki. Thank you!

  5. My husband’s mother was from Finland. I made this for my husband for Christmas morning to honor his Mom who is deceased. I used a black iron skillet to cook it. I also added a little vanilla extract and cinnamon to it. It was delicious. My topping was frozen black cherries cooked down with a little brown sugar and maple syrup and thickened with a little cornstarch at the end. Love your recipe!!!

  6. I make pannu often & my recipe is similar to yours. I appreciate your respect for your husband’s heritage; I am Finn also. Did you notice you left out what to do with the pepper and sugar for the bacon? I just sprinkled it on top before baking.

    1. It is great to learn about our heritage and eating it is even better. Thanks so much for your comment and following along with me! Yes, you can sprinkle it on top. It is a preference. Thanks so much! XOXO

  7. I have been making Pannukakku for many years. It’s definitely a family tradition and reminds me of home, one of our favorite comfort foods. Unfortunately, I lost my go-to recipe and haven’t been able to find one comparable. This one sounds similar, so I’m going to give it a try. thank you for sharing. When I make them, I add cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg to give the pannukakku a nice spiced flavor (cardamom is one of my fave spices of all time after years of eating Finnish Coffee bread). I serve them with syrup or lingonberry jam.

  8. My recipe too
    My maiden name was Jauhola. My grandparents migrated from Kemi, Finland in the late 1800s and my grandmother, Anna Niccoli, brought this recipe with her too. The only differences are baking on 425 and a teaspoon of baking powder.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. My daughter always makes this for her daughter’s birthday too.

  9. Just a warning to anyone attempting this recipe. When the butter started to bubble up, some of it hit the top of the oven and started to spark and smoke. Luckily I turned it off in time but it was very scary. Keep an eye on it!

  10. Thanks for sharing! My husband and I are both Finnish and we love to make Pannukkua!! I may have to try out your recipe… we have a different one that works really well but it calls for a whole stick of butter! I might try your recommendation 🙂 Thank!

  11. Thank you. This was soo delicious! I was a bit skeptical when i put it in the oven, but the results are amazing! It’s like a custard pie!

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