I don’t know about you, but I love breakfast food. My husband and I are kind of like Lesley Knope and Ron Swanson in that way. It’s always been our thing to make big breakfasts, often featuring something sweet (like pancakes or waffles) and bacon. While I enjoy all of the normal breakfast foods, my all-time favorite is my family’s traditional Finnish breakfast pancakes, known as platuse.
We got the recipe from my great grandmother whose parents were from Finland, and this is what we ate every Christmas morning when I was growing up and sometimes as a treat on birthdays.
So if a tasty treat akin to a small, thick crepe sounds great to you then try out this recipe, and you won’t be disappointed.
In order to make platuse you’ll need to have a silver dollar pancake pan, which you can order on Amazon or occasionally find in stores such as Target. When I bought my own I went with this one, although if you prefer you can buy one that is cast iron or even one that imprints designs into your platuse or mini pancakes.
A couple of other items that I use to make the process a lot easier are a pancake pen and a mini spatula.
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- silver dollar pancake pan
- Optional: mini spatula and pancake pen
Combine salt, flour, and sugar in a large bowl. Combine eggs, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl, and add to flour mixture. Pour the batter into the pancake pen (if using). If you do not have a pancake pen then I would suggest putting the batter into a glass Pyrex measuring cup in order to easily pour onto the pan.
Heat the pan on medium heat and melt a little bit of butter in each indentation. When the butter is completely melted fill each space with batter and let it cook until the center is somewhat firm and the edges come away from the pan. You want to be able to flip them easily without batter dripping.
Flip each platuse over and let them cook for about 30 seconds more. When the underside of the platuse have browned a bit then take them off the pan.
Re-butter the pan for the next set of platuse. It‘s normal for your first pan or two’s worth to be rather light-colored and as the pan gets hotter for them to become darker looking from the browning butter. If they begin to get too dark and burn then simply readjust the heat on your stove.
Once you have cooked all of the batter then enjoy with maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, jam, berries, or whatever else you might eat with pancakes.
This delicious Finnish breakfast is well worth the time it takes to make and isn’t any harder than crepes. So if you love breakfast food, give this a try, and you’ll be happy you did.
What is your all-time favorite breakfast food? Have you tried any from other countries?
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