The recipe shows how you can make traditional Danish pancakes. Danish pancakes are very thin, crisp and has a sweet and delicious taste.
On this page I would like to share a great pancake recipe. I know that pancakes are not a Danish invention and I am actually not sure where the first pancakes were made. I also know that the Internet and cooking books have tons of great pancake recipes. However, this recipe I'm sharing here today is the most traditional way the pancakes are made in Denmark - that is also why I have called this recipe Danish Pancakes. Depending on where you are from in the world the taste and shape of a pancake can be very different.
What is a Danish Pancake
In Denmark the pancakes are round, very thin and a little crisp. The pancakes are fried on a frying pan in a little butter and then served directly after. The pancakes are normally sprinkled with some sugar, smeared with jam or served with ice cream - super delicious. If you have some pancakes leftovers - yes that can actually happen - then you can cover them with some plastic foil and keep them in the fridge. Serve them later after you have heated them a little in a microwave.
How to make Nordic Pancakes
It is super easy to make a batch of these Danish pancakes. In a large bowl, all the ingredients are mixed together in steps. I normally use my kitchen machine for this step. However, you can also just use your hand mixer. Once you have prepared the pancake batter, you can move on to the frying part. This step is actually the one, which I think differs the most from other ways of making pancakes. In Denmark, it is all about getting the thinnest pancakes possible. On a frying pan add a little butter and let it melt before adding some pancake batter. Lift the frying pan away from the stove and make circular movement with the pan to distribute the batter in an even and thin layer. Then fry for a couple of minutes and flip the pancake over. Fry a little more and it is ready to be served.
Servings: 18 pancakes
- 375 g all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar (or vanilla essence)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 7 dl milk
- 4 eggs
- In a large bowl; mix all-purpose flour, salt, vanilla sugar and sugar.
- Slowly add the milk while whisking using a mixer
- Finally, add the eggs one-by-one while whisking using the mixer.
- Let the pancake batter settle in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Heat up a frying pan; add a little butter and some pancake batter. Distribute the batter by tilt the pan around in circular movements. The batter should only just cover the pan. Danish pancakes are as thin as possible.
- Fry the pancake until the batter is not liquid anymore, then flip it over and fry for another couple of minutes.
- Continue making the rest of the pancakes.
In Denmark, it is a tradition to serve pancakes smeared with jam, sprinkled with sugar or some scoops of vanilla ice cream.
My grandma would make these all the time she called them moomannas, Im sure thats not the right spelling for them,but they were always a favorite breakfast for me when I would spend the night.
Cindy Pedersen Frederick
My parents came from Denmark to Canada with three small children so naturally we grew up with very Danish habits and foods. Whenever I make pancakes I have to call a brother for the recipe. I am not very organized. It’s late at night and my son just told me he wants these pancakes for breakfast on Boxing Day so I thought I would find a recipe on line. Thank you so much for sharing this with people like me. I laughed when I saw your plates as I have all of my Farmor’s china in the same pattern. As a child my mom would take the cold leftover pancakes and smear with butter and sprinkle sugar before rolling them up and cutting in half. The perfect treat for us little ones. My children are all grown with families and they all share the same lovely memories. Thanks again.
You are welcome - I'm happy that you can use the recipe for Danish pancakes. In Denmark it is quite normal to eat the pancakes cold with butter and sugar :-) Regards Kim (NordicFoodLiving.com)
Thank you for sharing! I lived and waited tables in a Danish restaurant in (Solvang), CA, and grew to love Danish cuisine and the Danish people... After leaving CA I’ve often had a craving for some Danish food; why I looked up and am delighted to find this recipe! Thanks again!
You are welcome - I'm happy that you like the recipe and that you can use it :-) Regards Kim (NordicFoodLiving.com)
I’ve been eating Danish Thin Pancakes, as my mother called them, my whole life (57 years). I’m from Iowa near the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton. I’ve taught my daughters and now my grandchildren are learning to make them.
My mother is of GermanEnglish decent, but my her mother-in-law (my Grandma) taught her many Danish recipes and traditions. We serve ours with lots of butter and sugar then roll them up.
Thanks for your comment. I always love to hear from people from all over the world. Regards Kim (NordicFoodLiving.com)