The Charm of Finnish crepes

You know that popular question “What would you eat as your last meal?“. I know my answer in a heartbeat – definitely Finnish crepes with berry jam and whipped cream. These big, thin pancakes combine crispness and soft texture with the flavor of open-fire cooking. They are addictive. Crepes are the only food I never order abroad, the taste is so indifferent in comparison. Sorry French crepes, but you are not the same!

Finnish crepes are ridiculously easy to made. Ok, let’s be honest here, all my recipes are ridiculously easy to made because I hate failing – even in the kitchen environment.

The most difficult part is that you have to find an open fire and a big flat frying pan. If you are visiting Finland and only enjoying city life, this may be a bit of a problem. Luckily, especially during summer time, you can just order crepes at the market square cafés of any Finnish town. A tip if you are in Helsinki: try Lätty!

Recipe for 10 Finnish crepes

I always make this double. Leave the ready batter to sit at least 30 minutes before frying the crepes, this makes all the difference!

  • 2 eggs
  • 5 dl (2 US cups) milk
  • 1,5 dl (1/2 cup) regular baking flour
  • 0,5 dl (1/4 cup) barley flour
  • 0,5 dl (1/4 cup) runny butter or oil
  • Half a teaspoon of salt

Mix everything together with a whisk until smooth.  Wait that 30 minutes or more (the batter doesn’t go bad, some busy mums do the batter in the morning and leave it to fridge for the whole day). Heat the pan over open fire. Melt a teaspoon of butter onto the hot pan and pour some batter after the butter has melted. Wait a while until the bottom of the crepe is golden brown and flip to get the same brownness for the top side.

raw Finnish crepe

As you can see, even native Finns sometimes mess up with the flipping. It doesn’t matter, the taste is equally good. Serve the crepe with strawberry or rasberry jam and whipped cream.

ready Finnish crepe

By the way, crepes are so loved in Finland that there are at least five synonyms for them in Finnish: lettu, lätty, plätty, ohukainen and räiskäle.

Dear readers, what would you eat as your last meal?

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