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Poppy’s (Swedish) Pancakes

April 11, 2011

So here’s the thing about Poppy (Simone’s grandfather on her paternal side). He’s not Swedish. Not even remotely. Not even less than half a per cent. He’s full on Irish – as Irish as they come actually – born and raised in Dublin. Simone adores her Poppy and loves his pancakes almost as much as his crazy Irish humour.

These pancakes are a great alternative to the big fluffy ones you might be used to b/c you don’t need any syrup on them. They are what I’d probably call “crepes” – they are thin and ideal for rolling like a tortilla and eating with your hands. This means you can be creative with the “fillings” and try a variety of things that appeal to your picky kid. A warning: Poppy would be horrified if you did use syrup, so do yourself a favour and buy a bag of lemons next time you’re at Costco.

And the other day, I was thinking…and this is why they pay me the big bucks of course…this recipe is also perfect for creating more savoury meals like egg & cheese crepes! Again, Poppy would be horrified if anything other than lemon & sugar was used, but he won’t be catching up on blogs anytime soon so I’m safe offering up that tip.  🙂

Poppy’s Swedish Pancakes

1 cup flour (all purpose or do a mix with whole wheat if you like – don’t tell P)

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp oil

1 egg

2 cups milk (max. you may get away with 1.5 cups)

Heat butter in a pan and spoon mixture into pan and fry over medium heat. These will be quite thin & runny which is what makes them “Swedish” vs the fluffy ones most of us grew up eating. When we have extra I keep the in the fridge then reheat in the microwave for a snack or quick breakfast.


Serve pancakes with a bowl of cut up lemons: butter pancakes, then squeeze lemon on them (lots of it) and then sprinkle white sugar over top. Roll pancake and eat with fingers! Delicious…and no syrup.  🙂

I would also suggest trying a variety of ingredients such as:

Nutella & banana

Apple sauce

Fresh fruit & sugar/honey

Savoury fillings such as cheese, eggs, spinach, etc.

If you have other ideas please post them here: and as always I’d love to hear how these turn out and how your family likes them. If you comment on this post please be sure to “subscribe” to this particular blog post so that when I follow-up with a reply you get an email alert.  🙂

Happy Baking!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. JenniB permalink
    April 11, 2011 5:26 pm

    We’ve rolled up these ‘pancakes’ with rosemary ham, brie & a few herbs… or ham & Boursin cheese for brunch guests.

    But since he’s my father-in-law too….. PLEASE don’t tell Poppy 🙂

    (love the blog!)

    • April 11, 2011 6:37 pm

      “Mums” the word. 😉

      Love the brunch idea though, that’s fantastic.

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