This recipe was recommended to me by my lovely friend Leila, who has convinced her guests that she is a domestic goddess by prepping the batter at night and baking the pancake in the morning. It is definitely one of those foods that comes off as far more difficult and impressive to make than it actually is, so keep this one in mind when thinking of brunch ideas for guests.
While there are many versions of this recipe floating around, I can’t imagine that it could possibly get any better than this one, reprinted with permission from the Foodie With Family website. While you are waiting for this to finish baking, head over to the fabulous Rebecca Lindamoo’s website and peruse all of the delicious recipes and great household tips she’s got stashed on there.
Without further ado, Finnish Oven Pancake With Sauteed Apples…
Ingredients for Pancake:
- 4 Tablespoons (1/2 of one stick) butter, cut into three or four pieces
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk, preferably whole milk
- 1 pinch of salt
- up to 4 Tablespoons sugar, optional
- splash of vanilla extract, optional
Ingredients for sauteed apples
- 3 Macintosh apples, peeled and diced, then lightly squirted with lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4-1/2 cup of brown sugar depending on how sweet you want it
- Pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400°F. When the oven temperature reaches about 300°F, place an 8- or 9-inch cake pan or 10-inch pie plate in the oven with the butter in it. The butter should melt, but not brown, while the oven finishes heating.
Place the eggs, f lour, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla (if using) in the carafe of a blender. Fix the cover in place and blend on high, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and even (we used a mixer and it worked fine.)
When the oven is fully heated, and the butter is fully melted, pull the oven rack out far enough to work safely and pour the batter into the hot pan. Push the rack carefully back into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the oven pancake has puffed quite high and is a deep golden brown. You can test the doneness by quickly inserting a butter knife in the center of the oven pancake. If the knife comes out clean, the pancake is done. Remove the pan from the oven.
To make the sauteed apples, melt butter in a non stick sauce pan. Add apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are soft and liquid is bubbling.
Pour apples over pancake, or just shovel them into your mouth. Both ways taste pretty darn good.