It seems that every country has its own version of pancakes – Denmark included. Some would say there is nothing more Danish than pancakes and that Danish pancakes are certainly a way to Danish happiness. Danish pancakes are typically an afternoon treat that often end up becoming dinner as well because the kids will eat so many that there is no room for anymore food that day. They are very similar to French crepes, topped with whatever you like but strawberry/raspberry jam and powdered sugar is the most classic version. I guess the Danes just love their red and whites! I enjoy a summer version with fresh berries and powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Banana slices and nutella works too.
Danish Pancake Recipe
8 deciliter/3 cups whole milk
400 gram/14 ounces all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Butter for frying
How you make them:
In a medium sized bowl beat together the eggs and flour while adding the milk a little at a time. When the dough is smooth you add sugar, salt and vanilla extract. The dough will be much thinner than American pancake dough. Cover the bowl and set aside in a cozy place for about 1/2 hour.
Then you heat up a frying pan and melt one teaspoon of butter on it. Next you pour about 1/4 cup of pancake dough on the pan while you move the pan around so the dough is evenly divided on the whole pan. When the dough is light brown on the edges you flip it with over and fry it on the other side until it is golden brown on both sides. Transfer it to a plate covered with aluminum foil. Then you melt about a teaspoon of butter on the pan and start frying up a new pancake and so forth until you have a nice stack of pancakes. My children usually eat them while I make them so I never get a stack. The pancakes disappear quickly!
Serve them with a selection of different toppings – such as strawberry or raspberry jam, powdered sugar, nutella, berries, banana slices – so people can design their own pancakes. Putting toppings on is an important part of the fun! Roll them up and eat them with your fingers.