Pannakakku (Pah – nah – cah – koo)
From my Finnish Grandmother, Ethel Wood
1 cup Milk (any %)
¼ tsp. Salt
⅓ cup flour
2 Tbsp. Sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend. You can also mix in a bowl by beating eggs first, and then adding the rest of the ingredients and mixing with a whisk.
Butter or spray Pam into a 9×13 pan and bake for 20 minutes. Edges will be light brown and the surface will be fluffy and pale.
Cut into large sections and serve hot. Top with fruit (strawberries are delicious!) or butter and syrup/powdered sugar.
When we make pannakakku in our home, I am reminded of the weekends I spent at my paternal grandmother’s home. Ethel Wood, Grandmom to us, would always welcome our visits, and basically allowed us to take over while we were there.
Grandmom would have sausage and canteloupe waiting on the table, and we would jump up onto the bar and she would pour us glasses of milk while we waited for our pannakkaku to finish baking in the oven. I’m in tears as I remember how much she loved us coming to visit her and how much we loved to visit.
I have an older sister, Melissa, and the two of us would spend time at Grandmom’s, playing dress-up in the shoes from her wedding to my grandfather, Francis Wood, on November 22, 1958. We would sit on the carpet in the living room playing Old Maid or zoom around on roller skates in the garage. Grandmom would walk us down the street to the donut shop, and sit with us while we ate our donuts (mine was always a maple bar) and drank our milk or juice.
I used to get into trouble all the time because I would rummage through her jewelry box and play with a cross she had. The cross had a special little window in the middle that if you looked very closely, you could see the Lord’s Prayer. I have that cross in my jewelry box now and look through it often, and I can almost hear her laugh at my mischief.
Grandmom was a “boss” as we would call her today. In her young adult life, she worked for the FBI, the National Geographic, and spent time in the theater in Washington DC and New York. She was a great woman, a wonderful mother, and an exceptional grandmother.
Grandmom passed away on November 22, 2015, just short of her 90th birthday. I will always regret not visiting her more, as I miss her so much. She was one of the sweetest women I ever knew, and I’m sure you would think so, too.