June 10, 2010

Åland's Pancake

Åland Islands are those tiny islands situated between Finland and Sweden in the Baltic Sea. It's an area that I associate with summer cycling trips, predominantly Swedish speaking people and ticks. But there is something good coming out of these islands too and that is undoubtedly their famous pancake.

Who ever came up with the idea of combining porridge and pancake was clearly a genius, and let me just make it clear that Åland Islands are indeed an autonomous part of Finland, not Sweden, so perhaps it's safe to assume that the pancake genius might have been Finnish?

Åland's Pancake

500ml milk
45g semolina

4 eggs
80g sugar
500ml milk
100g plain flour
1,5 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp cardamom
pinch of salt

First make the semolina porridge by warming the milk in a pot and gradually adding the semolina while whisking continuously. Let simmer for about 15 minutes stirring continuously. Leave to cool completely.

Whisk eggs and sugar until foamy. Add all other ingredients, including the cooled down porridge and stir well to combine. Pour the pancake mixture in to a greased over proof dish and bake in 200C for 20-25 minutes until firm. Serve with a dollop of cloudberry jam.