Finnish Pancakes at Thanksgiving

Waking up with a fresh cup of coffee and experiencing a real Finn cook Lettu-Finnish Pancakes is special and they taste great too. While visiting my brother and sister-in-law in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I got to watch my dear friend cook this amazing breakfast called Lettu for the six of us.

Making Lettu In A Log Cabin

The log cabin, peace, quiet and a cup of Java complemented the chef's Finnish creation this morning.  Who needs pre-game football when you have a real Finn in the house? I gave her a fresh cup of coffee as she perfected the batter and prepped the strawberries. We then mulled over the days possible events and waited for the rest of the guests to wake up.

Filling your Lettu.
Filling your Lettu.

When my friend started cooking the Lettu, I got to watch her flip the pancake in the pan with ease. Plus, our college student in the house got the Facebook post of what we were doing and she was out of bed quickly. Making sure not to miss this incredible breakfast.

When you get your fresh hot Lettu you get to fill it with strawberries, black currant jam, fresh mint and whipped cream! Don't want your Lettu that sweet just, go for the pancake and the strawberries and mint.  Now add a little bacon, cup a java or OJ and you have a beautiful breakfast Lettu Finn Style.

The Lettu with whipped cream.

Isn't the final platted version of this Finnish pancake beautiful.  See this amazing post-Thanksgiving breakfast recipe below.

Lettu - Finnish Pancakes

  • 5 dl Whole Milk
  • 1 Tlbs. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 dl Wheat Flour

Whisk together the sugar, salt and eggs into the milk in a large pitcher. Add a small amount of Flour and whisk some more to get some air in the batter. Slowly blend in the remaining flour and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Can keep for 1 day in the fridge.

Clean, remove stems, hull and slice the strawberries. Set aside.

Heat butter in an iron skillet under medium heat. Pour half deciliter of the batter in the center of the pan. Swirl around the batter in the pan to make it evenly spread. In about 1 minute or when the surface appears dry, flip the Lettu pancake. Fry another half a minute and remove.

You can pre-make up the Lettu pancakes and keep them warm by covering them. Or just quickly heat them in the microwave for a couple of seconds to serve them warm.

Since writing this blog, my dear Finnish friend and I haven't had a chance to go to the UP again -  but there is always next winter. Visit me - Beth Moorhead @ to read about design, arts and culture and their connection to nature.

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