Pancake Day is around the corner. Or Shrove Tuesday as it’s also called. That way you always know it’s a Tuesday so easier to remember what weekday it falls. I’d say this February “holiday” is more important than Valentine’s Day. You don’t want to forget about this day – we all love pancakes!!! For this year’s Pancake Day, I’m sharing an easy to make fluffy pancake recipe.
This year I wanted to make extra special pancakes, to get the best of both worlds. In Sweden we call this day Fat Tuesday (very fitting) but instead of pancakes, we stuff our faces with a bun called ‘semla’. It’s a cardamon bun which we cut off a little lid from. From the main bun, we carve out a bit of in the middle and fill with an almond/marzipan paste, top with whipped cream and then put the lid back on. It’s super delicious. Pancakes are easier to make so to get the same taste as semla, I’ve added cardamom to the mix and serve them with almond paste and whipped cream. Voila! Pancakes a la ‘semla’.
Fluffy Pancake Recipe with Cardamom
I love making fluffy pancakes. I use a small pan which makes them small and cute. They’re easier to stack and take shorter time to fry. Top tips for making the pancakes fluffy: 1. Don’t over mix the batter. 2. Let the batter rest before frying. 3. Only flip once.
Ingredients (makes 20ish pancakes)
7.50 dl flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp salt
3.75 dl plain yoghurt
3.75 dl milk
60 gram unsalted butter
- Whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cardamom, salt, baking powder and soda in a big bowl
- In a separate bowl, mix yoghurt, milk, 4 eggs and melted butter
- Stir in wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Don’t overwork the batter, it’s ok if it’s a bit lumpy
- Rest the batter for 15 minutes
- Spoon in 2 tablespoons of batter in a pan and fry for a couple of minutes on each side
- Serve one by one or stack them up in a nice tower
Almond paste is super easy to make. The recipe below make a big bowl so if you’re only making a couple of pancakes, cut down appropriately. I used already ground almonds from the shop but you can buy and peel almonds and use a mixer to ground them yourself.
150 ml ground almonds
150 ml powdered sugar
1 egg white
- Mix ground almonds with powdered sugar
- Add the egg white and mix until fully combined to a dough like substance
- Add as much milk as you need to make it the runny consistency as you prefer
Serve the pancakes topped with a spoonful of almond paste and a dollop or two of whipped cream. Add shaved almonds for a bit of garnish. Enjoy!
What do top your pancakes with? Do you add any spices or additional ingredients to the batter? Do you prefer savoury or sweet pancakes and what’s your ultimate topping? Let me know if you try this fluffy pancake recipe. For more pancake recipes, check out this post.