Fat Almond Pancake

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“I don’t want to eat rocket salad. Actually, I don’t think it is vegetarian.” Elsa says to me, while giving me the most serious look in her repertoire. She is not serious though. Not the least.

The mind of a 3 year old is just amazing. They say the funniest, weirdest and wisest things. Every day I find myself sitting just listening to Elsa while she blabbers on. “…and then she did this and my shoes are purple and, and … Daddy, soon it will start growing flowers on me” Ehh, what, why? I reply. “Because it was raining on my head today.”

From the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep, she says all these funny lines that you know you want to remember. But you don’t. A friend told me that we should take notes of all the weird and funny things that Elsa says. He had been doing that with his kid and still went back and cherished them, 15 years later. It is a good idea actually.

The reason why I am thinking of Elsa today is because she has never been further away from us. Luise and I are currently in Las Vegas at the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards, together with some of the most amazing and inspiring food bloggers out there. It might seem a little bit insane to fly 17 hours for only a few days here. But since we were invited by Saveur, and Elsa could stay with my parents, we thought it was crazy enough to do. We will tell you more about our amazing stay here in a later post. Now it is fat pancake time.

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This recipe started out with a photo on instagram. It is a classic Swedish dish that I loved as a kid and was reminded of when I saw it in a new Swedish cookbook. We did a gluten free version of it and put it on instagram without any intention of actually sharing the recipe. But apparently internet wanted otherwise. In Swedish it is called ugnspannkaka or tjockpannkaka, which means oven baked pancake or thick pancake. However, fat pancake sounds more fun.

This is super simple. You just have to whip the ingredients together and throw into the oven. The pancake will rise throughout the baking, and then fall together a bit once removed from the oven. It has a outer crust and is quite soft and creamy inside. I guess it is somewhat similar to a soufflé?

We weren’t sure how to label this. It can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Here we had it for breakfast, but we have also made it for dinner, by replacing the strawberries for a salad. You can make it more savory by adding spinach, onion or cheese. Or go down the sweet route by adding shredded apple, nuts and seeds. The possibilities are endless.

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Fat Almond Pancake
Serves 4-6

5 organic eggs
2 1/2 cups / 590 ml milk of your choice
1 cup / 100 g (220 ml) almond flour

2 tbsp buckwheat flour or flour of your choice
2 tbsp maple syrup or runny honey (optional)
1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch sea salt
2 tbsp (30 g) organic butter or coconut oil

To serve:
a handful fresh strawberries and raspberries
a few fresh mint leaves, torn
1/2 cup / 125 ml yogurt

Preheat the oven to 420°F (220°C). Place a 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) baking dish inside the oven. Use a whisk to beat the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add milk, flour, maple syrup, baking powder and sea salt. Keep whisking until smooth. Now place the piece of butter into the warm baking dish in the oven. Remove the dish as soon as the butter has melted and pour it into the batter. Pour the batter into the dish and place back in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes or until nicely browned and set. Let cool slightly and serve with fresh berries, fresh mint and a dollop of yogurt. Dust with coconut flour (or powdered sugar) for a fancier presentation.

91 Comments

  • I could totally relate to this post about your sweet Elsa because our little Lila (4 1/2) is blah-blahing morning till night too! :-) Enjoy your trip in Las Vegas and thank you for this recipe which looks delicious!
  • rose
    BLISS!!!love your food.......and savour every moment of your daughter's childhood.......
  • Callan
    What size of baking dish should be used?
  • Congratulations! Elsa sounds charming. Enjoy all those 3-year-old comments. And enjoy your time in Las Vegas with other food bloggers. I actually think meeting other food bloggers appeals to me more than the time in Las Vegas. ;) Thanks for the recipe, too. I'm going to try it.
  • Sally
    Congrats David, Luise and Elsa! It is always wonderful to see such original and beautiful work rewarded. This recipe reminds me of what we here in the states call a Dutch Baby pancake. I love them because they're so easy to make for a crowd. I love regular pancakes too but am not very good at cooking them right on the stove.
  • Trine
    This looks so fantastic. I want to make it right now :)
  • Lydia
    Thank you for sharing this. I saw this on instagram, thought it looked fantastic and hoped you would put up recipe... so hoorah! Will definitely try this out soon, drizzled with a berry purée or jam perhaps!
  • Big Congrats to you on the awards and also this pancake recipe is divine!
  • Michelle
    Have a fantastic trip! I love your blog and your cook book Is my absolute favourite cook book ever. Everyone should own a copy! My family love everything I have cooked from it. I am grain free - any ideas on what to substitute for the flour in this recipe? Do you think more almond flour would work. It looks yummy! X
  • I know what you mean about the funny things they say. It's my favorite! Have fun in Vegas. Hope you guys win.
  • Natalie
    I have to make this! Ovnspannekake (as we call it in norwegian) makes me so nostalgic. We ate it every week in kindergarten and I think all the kids would agree that "ovnspannekake-dag" was the best! Btw, I just wanted to say that your cookbook is truly amazing. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes divine and I love your little notes. Please don't ever stop sharing your little stories and healthy recipes. Have fun in Vegas!
  • This is such a neat recipe! And Elsa is such a sweetie!
  • This looks just fantastic!
  • Whenever I eat pancakes—no matter how fluffy—I'm always wishing there was more of it in each bite! Looks like I've found the solution. I love the Swedish influence on your recipes...Scandinavia is at the top of my travel list.
  • Helle
    I love (love, love!!!) this post and your site! Such amazing photos and styling and the food...OMG! :) I have been a vegetarian for a while and love to cook. I am always scouring the internet for new and exciting recipes and your blog is definitely one of the best (probably the best!) sources of inspiration. I guess a lot of other people think so too as evidenced by your well-deserved award! Also, Elsa is the cutest! I hope you'll have the best time in Los Angeles!
  • My parents still remember the silly things I said/did as a kid and they still tell me about them, ha. I like the look of this fat pancake - a great way to make several servings in one go!
  • Enjoy Vegas and congratulations on the win! I agree, Fat Pancake is definitely a fun name. I really want to cook this as soon as possible.
    • Kelly
      Brandon This sounds amazing! I plan to add this to my Christmas brunch menu. I got to thinking, could you sub hazelnut flour for all/some of the almond four? I have a homemade "Nutella" recipe and that warmed with some berries or sliced bananas and coconut as a topping might be a "treat" version for the holidays.

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