March 08, 2011

The Ultimate Scandi Pancake for Shrove Tuesday


Since making those Shrove Tuesday buns last week, I have been anticipating to make the ultimate Scandi pancake for the actual Shrove Tuesday, which is today. Also known as Pancake Day, today truly is a celebration of all things sweet and indulging, including us women as it today also happens to be the International Women's Day!


This master of an idea to pile up the pancakes to make a cake is not my original, as the summer-loving Scandis all over Scandinavia love making this cake in the midst of summer, especially when they are spending their well deserved summer days at their holiday houses. Browsing through my mother's old recipe cards from the early 70's I found a version of this cake, much heavier of course, as I've lightened it up a bit.


I really can't think of a better way to celebrate pancakes and all the beautiful women in the world! This one is for all of you!

 
Pancake cake
(Serves 4)

Pancakes
(Makes 7 small pancakes)

250 ml milk
100g white, unbleached spelt flour
2 large free-range eggs
75 ml milk, extra
tiny pinch of salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Berry cream

250g smooth low-fat ricotta
200g frozen berries, thawed
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
1 heaped tbsp raw honey

1/2 cup berries, extra, to serve
icing sugar, to serve

To make the pancakes, whisk together the milk and the flour until smooth. Add the eggs, extra milk, salt and olive oil and whisk until smooth. Heat a small frying pan on medium heat and cook the pancakes one by one until golden. Set aside to cool. 

Mix the vanilla and the honey into the ricotta and stir in the berries. 

To assemble, place a pancake on a platter, top with a spoonful of berry cream and spread evenly. Continue to layer the pancakes and the cream until finished. Top with the extra berries and decorate with icing sugar.

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

34 comments:

  1. heaven! this looks phenomenal, and your pictures are simply stunning.

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  2. This looks and sounds delicious. I want to save this recipe for my next brunch. I hope all is well. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

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  3. Oh how fabulous! I've seen crepe-cakes before but they've always looked to sickeningly sweet for my liking. Big applause for your more restrained, and I'm sure more delicious, berryful appraoch :)

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  4. Hi Maria! Looks really nice once again. Yummy!
    Hyvää naistenpäivää :)

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  5. This looks perfect. I really love pancakes and I can't imagine a better way to eat them.

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  6. The layers look delicious, and the berries on top are a beautiful finishing touch. Yum!

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  7. OH yes this is so scandi with the lovely berries! Mr NQN's mum would swoon over this pancake dish :)

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  8. Happy Shrove Tuesday! Those are delightful pancakes! *drool*

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. How beautiful! I love the photographs, and I bet your pancakes tasted exquisite!
    And happy Shrove Tuesday.

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  10. I love the pictures and I'm sure this tasted awesome. Ah - only if I wasn't watching my weight :-(

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  11. This is the perfect dish for today, well done! I wish I hadn't been too lazy to make something similar myself.. I'll just have to ogle yours :)

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  12. Now that is the perfect stack of pancakes! Love the berry cream!

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  13. So mouth-watering! I wish I can eat this right away!

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  14. Happy Shrove Tuesday and happy Woman's Day, Maria! Once again - wonderful photos. I love the simplicity of that recipe, and the way you lightened up - sounds like a real guilt-free treat.

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  15. I never knew that 8th March is a day of celebration. Someone was asking me why everyone is eating pancakes. I think I know the answer now! These pancakes look awesome!

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  16. I love a pretty stack of pancakes and these look divine!

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  17. Beautiful pictures. I look forward to future posts!

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  18. Absolutely beautiful stack of pancakes on any day, celebration or otherwise. Love your photography and will pass the recipe on to my husband who is the resident pancake maker :)

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  19. Love it. A pancake cake!! I totally forgot about making a batch of pancakes that day...I guess I'll just have to eat your pics with my eyes LOL

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  20. Looks lovely Maria. I went for the UK classics of lemon juice with sugar and banana and nutella last night.

    This looks like a fantastic dessert idea for summer when there are lots of fresh berries around.

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  21. Those are some gorgeous looking pancakes! They do a similar thing with crepes in France, where they stack them and layer them with pastry cream to make a cake as well. What an indulgent and festive way to serve pancakes!

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  22. It sure looks like an ultimate pancake to me, Maria :) Love the pile of pancakes!

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  23. That is definitely the ultimate in my book! I just got threw eating breakfast and now your making me hungry again!

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  24. THe ultimate pancake is right. THese are AMAZING! I totally wish I had had these for breakfast!

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  25. I was already excited by the look of your pancakes and then the side shot made me grin even more! Layers and layers! Yum!

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  26. I call this pancake perfection, that is one stunning stack of pancakes daaaaahling!
    *kisses* HH

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  27. Your photography is stunning and so is your blog! I found you through Roost and i'm a new fan. As for piling up layers of pancakes to make a cake, umm I love it!! Looks delicious :)
    Natasha xo

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  28. These look fabulous Maria!

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  29. Those pancakes look so inviting! Love the berries atop.

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  30. This looks delicious! Your pictures are gorgeous and making me want to eat my computer screen ;)

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  31. This is indeed a great looking pancake cake! It takes patient to make a great crepe cake. Yours certainly looks the most perfect one!

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  32. Yum! These pancakes are wonderful, Maria! What a great idea to use berries for the filling - I love berries!

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  33. I'm making this cake as a birthday cake for my 3yo b-day party. I added 1/2 can of strawberry frosting to the berry mixture and used the other half for the top so I can write on it. My practice run came out soooooo yummy! thanks for the recipe!!!!

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  34. Loving your recipes! This one looks amazing!

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