Finnish at Heart

Culinary Cognition

I’m a firm believer that pancakes are the solution to almost any problem. A day can’t possibly be bad if you started it (or ended it! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten dinner at a diner and not ordered chocolate chip pancakes) with good old-fashioned flapjacks, whether blueberry or chocolate or banana or oatmeal or pumpkin or peanut butter or Nutella or lemon, topped with syrup or glaze or fruit or cinnamon or whipped cream or butter or any combination of the above. Basically, there’s a pancake out there for everyone, including delicious gluten-free pancakes and diet-friendly low calorie pancakes, in case you thought I’d forgotten anyone. 🙂

There is an endless horizon of pancake possibilities, which I hope to spend a fruitful life fully exploring, but I was really feeling making something a little different for a family breakfast. A baked pancake loaf recipe from the amazing Peanut Butter Fingers.com was really close in the running, but it got beat out by this one instead: Finnish Kropser , part pancake and part popover, basically bread and buttery perfection.

I took a cue from a woman a few comments down and scaled the recipe down to eight, baking it in the oven in a cast-iron skillet  (which I had no idea you could do, aside from bringing happiness pancakes also bring knowledge). I made one batch with banana slices and one with apple pieces and a few tablespoons of applesauce, ya know, just cuz.

The top one looks blackened, you say? Well of course, I meant to do that. It’s trendy now. Burning things is the new, you know, not burning things…

Anyway, it tastes nicer than it looks. ^_^

And I made rum-glazed walnuts (for the banana pancake) and maple-glazed pecans (for the apple pancake) to go on top:

And each one got it’s own syrup, too! 😀 Rum syrup for the banana (I’ve been on such a rum kick lately, I think my parents are getting a little concerned…) and a weird made-up but totally delicious sugar-apple sauce cocktail for the apple.

In hindsight, we probably could’ve made this look a little prettier.

I’ve been known to go a little topping-crazy, it’s a curse. But, you know, a little extra sugar never hurt anyone.

That’s not true at all. I apologize profusely for my flagrant fib-telling, it’s out of control.

Basically what I was trying to say with this deeply informative post is that pancakes are pretty much the best thing ever, and while your run-of-the-mill Bisquick is nice and all, you owe it to yourself, your taste buds and the expansive world of pancakes to get a little creative next time you plan on breaking out hotcakes for breakfast.

The End.

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