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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!


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5 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Pannukkau pancakes are so fun to make and create the best breakfast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people



Peppered Bacon


  • 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.


Calories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 14gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 673mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 867IUCalcium: 209mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Finnish
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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    1. Thank you for your question! I have never had leftovers to freeze! But, I believe this would be fine to freeze. Just make sure you store it in an airtight container!

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for nearly a DECADE now! It’s a staple comfort meal, a quick breakfast, and a fun dessert for nights I need to use up some milk and eggs. Such a delicious light flavor and fun texture (almost like those “magic cakes” that bake up into different layers). 10/10, five stars out of five, will make this one forever.

  2. 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

  3. 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.