Feb 22

Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries from Kristina, The Budget Diva

in Breakfast, Dessert, Fruits & Vegetables, Fuji Favorites

Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries

If you missed my announcement about my Pancake Week celebrations, it’s time for you to get up to speed!!  I’ve added a Pancake Week page here on LFM where all of the various pancake week posts and activities will be posted, so if you think you’ve missed anything, you can always find it there!

Pancake Week

Over the next two weeks I’ll be featuring some of my favorite bloggers and chefs, aka, Pancakeologists, and their favorite pancakes.  The first Featured Pancakeologist is the awesome Kristina Vanni, aka, The Budget Diva!

Kristina Vanni

Kristina is amazing.  Not only does she have a fabulous blog (Kristina, The Budget Diva), but she works as a culinary expert and product spokesperson on morning show segments in cities across the country, and is the author of the The Daily Dish on Better Homes & Gardens’ food site, Better Recipes.  Kristina is sharing her favorite pancakes—Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries.  When I asked Kristina why these pancakes are her favorite, she responded, “I love this recipe because it brings back so many memories! My dad is half-Swedish and half-Finnish and this is his mother’s recipe.  I always remember thinking it was ‘funny’ to watch my dad at the stove making his Swedish Pancakes. (It also happens to be one of the few recipes he can make!  In a house full of cooks, he happily did the dishes instead!)  Having lived and traveled throughout Scandinavia, this recipe always brings back memories of those adventures as well.  One taste of lingonberries and I am transported back there.  The dish is part of my childhood and my heritage!”

Kristina in Sweden

Kristina told me that although “[b]lueberry or raspberry jam would also taste great, and you can always top the pancakes with your favorite fresh berries if you like, . . . if you ask me, lingonberry jam is a must when it comes to this recipe.  It’s not too difficult to find nowadays in local grocery stores.  Of course, you can also buy it at the Marketplace inside IKEA! (That’s where I stock up on all my favorite Scandinavian products.)”

Lingonberry Jam

Kristina explained that she thinks of pancakes as something to “enjoy for breakfast on a lazy weekend morning.  However, in Scandinavia they often enjoy sweet pancakes as a dessert!”  I have to tell you that no matter the occasion, I would always be willing to eat these pancakes.  To kick off celebrations for Pancake Week in our house, I made these pancakes as a special Sunday afternoon treat last weekend.  I about swooned when I took my first bite.

Taking a big bite of Swedish Pancakes

These pancakes are almost cloud-like—light and airy, ethereal little pan-fried confections.  I’m with Kristina, the lingonberry jam is a must!  The tart sweetness of the jam is perfect with the soft sweetness from the pancake, and looks beautiful as well!  Kristina explained the secret to these pancakes.  The egg whites.  Yep, the egg whites.  The recipe directs you to beat them until they form stiff peaks and then gently fold them into the batter.  It may sound fussier than the normal pancake batter, but it is worth the 3 extra minutes it takes to make it happen.  The beaten egg whites are what makes these pancakes so light!

Enjoying a mini stack of Swedish Pancakes

Ok, so enough yammering from me about how much I love these (seriously, they’re my new favorite pancake!)—get out a mixing bowl and get started on discovering for yourself why I’m in love!  Thank you Kristina!!

Kristina Vanni’s Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

jenjenk February 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I heart these pancakes [well if the truth were to be told, i heart any pancakes]!

I especially love the lack of maple syrup [not a huge fan of maple]…this is right up my alley!!!


Leah Lesser February 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Thank you for sharing the news about Pancake Week! Now I know what I’m going home to cook up for dinner. What a splendid week it is and I agree on the memories that arise with the mere smell of pancakes. Sunday mornings growing up we would sit on the family room floor and enjoy them together, a delicious ritual. Now that I have two girls, we have breakfast dinner once a week (um, sometimes more…) and pancakes are often at the top of the list. Great with a glass of cold milk.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

I like idea of using beaten egg whites to lighten these pancakes, I find that traditional pancake batter can cook up a bit dense sometimes and I think that jam or fruit sauce is the best accompaniment to pancakes!


Paula - bell'alimento February 23, 2011 at 6:26 am

I heart these pancakes too! swoon!


Jenny Flake February 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

Whoa, I am in love these these swedish pancakes! Love Kristina, I got to meet her last month in NYC, she is so great!


Maria February 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

These look fabulous!


doughmesstic February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

Oooh, these look divine. Small an prefectly cooked – YUM!


Delishhh February 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

Being Swedish these are “plättar” which are mini pancake, you use the same recipe. Swedish pancakes are like crepes but you can make them mini size which is what you have and they are called “pättar”. Just wanted to make that clarification for folks don’t think all Swedes eat pancakes like this. And yes we eat them for dessert after pea soup :) on Thursdays. That is the tradition. Nice addition to the pancake week!


Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

What great looking pancakes! I could go for a stack!


Cookin' Canuck February 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

What a beautiful photo! And these pancakes are very worthy of a celebration.


Tracy February 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

These pancakes look incredible! I’d eat them any time of the day!


Lori @ RecipeGirl February 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oh my! This is my absolute favorite childhood breakfast. My Swedish grandmother made these ALL the time for me. Love it!


Barbara Bakes February 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

Looks like a heavenly breakfast. I guess a trip to IKEA needs to be made.


The Cilantropist February 24, 2011 at 7:59 am

Having endured a tragic pancake fail this weekend (is there anything worse than getting amped up for pancakes and then to be disappointed?) this recipe is more than welcome. I think my Norwegian boyfriend would definitely approve, and I know he and I both LOVE lingonberries! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pancake recipes too!


Pancake Dude February 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Long live Pancake week!!!
These pancakes look great!


Dina February 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

those look like tasty pancakes!


Joy February 25, 2011 at 2:50 am

That looks wonderful. I fell in love with lingonberries when I used to work at IHOP and my love grew for them when I finally had the good stuff. It looks wonderful.


HeatherChristo February 25, 2011 at 7:34 am

I looove this style of pancakes- nice and thin and sweetened by the lingonberries- beautiful!


elizabeth c. March 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I did something wrong, can you help me? My first few turned out light a fluffy and held their round shape, but then my batter ‘broke down’ (?) and it was terribly thin and runny. I ended up with crepe-like pancakes….they were DELICIOUS, but I would love to try again and end up with a stack like your photo. Any ideas what I might have done wrong? Any tips?

(And I loved your pancake week….brinner is one of my favorite nights of the week)


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