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Pannukakku (Finnish Oven Pancake) Recipe

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Great Gramma Olga hauling milk at Brookston farm


This recipe for Pannukakku (Finnish Oven Pancake), by , is from The Stenman Family Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Barb Stenman Murdock


4 eggs
2 c. milk
c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar
tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter

Melt butter in a 9 x 13 in. pan in a hot oven (400)
Beat eggs until fluffy. Add milk, flour, sugar and salt.
Pour quickly into hot cake pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with sugar when removed from oven.
Serve hot with syrup and butter or with blueberry sauce.
May also be served at room temperature.
Left-overs should be refrigerated.

GREAT GRAMMA OLGA STORY: (compiled by Barb) Olga Kahara was born in 1880 in Hervensalmi, Finland. In 1899 she married Robert Pellanen (later changed to Bell). Robert traveled alone to America in 1907, and during that time Olga worked in a stone quarry, lifting heavy rocks. Later she opened a bakery in Helsinki. It was during the time when the Russians invaded Finland, and the harrowing story of her and her children trying to get to America has been told earlier (ie. Cardamom Biscuit Recipe). Once in America, they reunited with Robert in northern Michigan, then moved to Minnesota, where they first settled in Hibbing, working at a sewing factory. Shortly after that move, friends of theirs (the Sinisalo's) convinced them move to Brookston where there was free land to settle. Sight unseen, they gathered their belongings and moved to this plot of land. Sad to say, the land was rich only in "rocks" in the fields. They worked hard, but struggled to make a living there. (Looking at the photo of Olga, one can tell that she was a strong, sturdy woman who did not flinch when it came to hard work.) Their next venture was to buy a building in Brookston with a theater and roller rink. The rink floor was crooked and the films they offered were not well attended. Eventually, the couple followed their son Leonard and his wife, Verna, to the state of Washington. They just up and left the farm (didn't even tell Gramma Hilda until they had arrived in Washington). In Washington, Olga worked in an oyster factory and Robert, at a hardware store. Finally, they retired to Spokane, where they lived their remaining days in a small house next to Leonard's and Verna's.
(I am awed at the perseverance and strength (Sisu) our great grandmother had! We've been told that she also was a fun-loving woman throughout her life. Amazing!!! Sandy)

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We are "almost positive" that Great Gramma Olga made this recipe. Our family was introduced to it, though, from her daughter, Gramma Hilda. Mom (Elsie) also made it, and all of us girls enjoyed this special treat.




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