Friday, 6 May 2016

Pönnukökur - the Icelandic Pancake

Whilst staying at the wonderful Hotel Egilsen in North West Iceland - if your ever passing that way you must stay there it just about perfect! - we were served these amazing pancakes or Pönnukökur - we had only ordered two coffees - and they set a plate of them out as well for us to try as well.

They were very much like the pancakes we make in the UK for shrove Tuesday and me being me I just had to find out if the recipe was the same because although these looked the similar there was something a little different about them - more sweeter and slightly spicy.

Hotel Egilsen in Stykkisholmur a really cool place to stay

I meant to ask about the recipe but then the Hotel got busy, we got chatting and I totally forgot.......

However, as soon as I got some Wi Fi I got googling and came up with a few recipes. There are so many variations on a theme - some add vanilla, some cardamon, some cinnamon and a few lemon juice or zest. So last night I had a good look through some of my Nordic cook books and I think I have managed to come up with my own recipe that seems just like the ones we had - a simple pancake with vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.

So here's my recipe - makes about 10 good size pancakes

100g plain flour
2 eggs
300ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon melted butter
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
large pinch cinnamon

Grab a large mixing bowl and sift in the flour, salt and baking powder. Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs, pour the melted butter on to the eggs and a little of the milk. With a fork start whisking the eggs gradually incorporating the flour into the liquid. Keep going until all the flour is mixed in and you have a thick batter - beat away until all the lumps have gone and you have a smooth glossy batter - add a little more milk if it's too thick to beat.

Now add all the rest of the ingredients to finish your batter.

To cook the pancakes - heat up a non stick pan or griddle to a high temperature, wipe the surface with a little butter and then pour a ladelful of batter onto the pan. Move the pan around to form the pancake and allow it to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. If your heat is right you should then be able to simply flip it over to cook the other side. if it's cooking to quickly or slowly just adjust your heat - I always use the first pancake as my tester just to get the temperature right.

Stack you cooked pancakes on a warm plate and cover with a cloth to keep the heat in.

Once cooked you can serve your Pönnukökur the traditional Icelandic way - either sprinkled with brown sugar and rolled into cigars (as we had) or fill them with whipped cream and jam and folded into quarters (which I'm going to try next!)

Have a lovely day
Love Lizx

 Icelandic Pancakes