There’s something undeniably heartwarming about a family recipe passed down through generations. For my family, that treasure comes in the form of Swedish Pancakes. These thin, delightful pancakes aren’t just breakfast; they’re a tale of tradition, family, and the magic of a well-seasoned cast iron pan. Old, young or in between, this breakfast has always been and will always remain a knockout! It’s impossible not to love these.

The Secret of the Cast Iron Pan

My great grandma Mimi always said the key to the perfect Swedish Pancake is the cast iron pan – and more specifically, how you care for it. According to her, the secret was never to wash it with soap, but to gently wipe it with a hand towel instead. Over time, this seasoned pan becomes a legacy, making each pancake with richer, more nuanced flavors. Truly they become better with time, due to this amazing pan.

A photo of a filled Swedish pancake cut

Why We’re Obsessed with Swedish Pancakes

  1. The Thin, Delicate Texture: Unlike traditional pancakes or even crepes, Swedish Pancakes are uniquely delicate and light, with a slight chewiness that’s simply irresistible. Swedish pancakes end up slightly thicker than a traditional crepe & much thinner than a pancake.
  2. Versatility in Toppings: Whether it’s a sprinkle of sugar, a dollop of your favorite spread, or a handful of fresh fruit, these pancakes are a canvas for your culinary creativity.
  3. The Flavor Enhancement Over Time: Thanks to our cherished cast iron pan, each batch of pancakes gets better, absorbing the essence and memories of countless delicious breakfasts.

How to Make the Perfect Swedish Pancake

The process is as simple as it is satisfying. Starting with a blend of milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, a dash of fine sea salt, and flour, the batter comes together in a blender. Then, the art of cooking them on a well-heated skillet begins, each pancake cooked to golden perfection and served with a choice of toppings….Or plain to sustain you as you cook for the family.

How Do You Achieve the Perfect Thinness?

The trick lies in the wrist. Pour the batter and then rotate the pan in a large circle motion. It spreads the batter thinly and evenly, creating that signature delicate texture.

A photo of Swedish pancake batter
A photo of Swedish pancake batter
A photo of Swedish pancake batter
A photo of Swedish pancake batter

When Do You Know it’s Time to Flip the Pancake?

You’ll notice the pancake start to appear more dull. Bubbles will appear all over and the edges will start to curl a little. Thats when you know its time to flip. The back side cooks a lot quicker. About 15-30 seconds after the flip and your pancake is done!

A Swedish pancake cooking
A Swedish pancake cooking

Can You Make the Batter Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! You can blend the batter and store it in the fridge overnight. It’s a great time-saver for a quick yet fancy breakfast.

What Are the Best Toppings for Swedish Pancakes?

In our family, the more the merrier! We love rolling them up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, jams, fresh fruits, and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. My husband and boys all love to have one with peanut butter and maple syrup. Might sound odd, but they swear by it. Each combination offers a new flavor experience. I’m anxious to hear what toppings you decide to go with.

How Do You Keep the Pancakes Warm?

We usually keep them covered on a plate (in between a top and a bottom plate). They retain their warmth quite well, especially if you’re cooking in batches for a big family breakfast.

A photo of a filled Swedish pancake

3 Tips for Making Swedish Pancakes

  • Preheat the Pan: Let the skillet heat up properly for a perfectly cooked surface.
  • Gentle Flipping: Use a metal spatula for a quick and smooth flip.
  • Consistent Heat: Maintain a medium heat for even cooking without burning.

Equipment Essentials

Why you will LOVE Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes are more than just a meal; they’re a legacy of flavor, love, and family tradition. Every bite is a reminder of cozy mornings, laughter around the breakfast table, and the wisdom of great grandma Mimi. So next time you’re thinking of a special breakfast, remember these thin, delightful pancakes and the joy they bring. Happy cooking! 

a photo of a cut Swedish pancake

Recipes You May Enjoy

Swedish Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 15 pancakes
These delicious thin pancakes are one of the top 10 breakfast foods. Roll the pancake up with sugar, spread or fruit and top with maple syrup.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 dash fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • In a blender start with adding milk (liquids must be at the bottom). Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Blend for 30 seconds
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat on a stove top. Allow the pan to heat up (5-10 minutes)
  • Spray the pan with Pam or other non stick spray
  • Pour about 2/3 cup of batter on the skillet as you rotate the pan in a large circle motion. This will spread the batter all over the pan.
  • Cook for about 2-5 minutes until you see some curling on the edges of the pancake and the center looks set
  • Use a metal spatula to flip the pancake
  • Cook the other side of the pancake for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  • Remove and place on a plate, cover to keep warm
  • Repeat these steps until all the pancake batter is used
  • Serve with fruit, spread and maple syrup

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 3g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0.003g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 28mg Potassium: 75mg Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 100IU Calcium: 47mg Iron: 1mg

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