Cheap Swedish pancakes

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Again, my mom taught me how to make these when I was a kid. This is for the basic recipe, you can pick and choose what you want for the insides, I usually do a jam or jelly with cream cheese OR guac and bacon with parmesan cheese.

What you need:

  • Large nonstick frying pan
  • A nice spatula that has a good taper on the end
  • Any spray cooking oil for the pan (I use olive oil for a hearty taste)
  • Any box of instant pancake mix, for real (start with 1 cup of mix)
  • 1 Egg per 1 cup mix
  • 1 cup Milk per 1 cup mix (yes this should be pretty watery)
  • I’ll often put about 1 tablespoon of oil into the mix itself as well
  • All ingredients get mixed well into a bowl (if you have a large measuring cup then use that because it has a nice spout for pouring)


  • Heat up the pan – this is harder to get right than you’d think… basically spray the pan with oil when you think its hot and if its just about to start smoking the oil then your temperature is perfect, if the oil smokes too quickly you may need to turn the temp down a bit
  • Spray down the pan with your oil, then pour the batter into a 3″ disk on the pan and immediately pick up the pan and roll it around to spread the batter out, if it makes some bubbles that’s awesome and correct for Swedish style (more milky), if it doesn’t bubble you probably have too much egg and you’re now making either english pancakes or crepes, doesn’t matter, still tastes good
  • Really, you can play around with the ratios of egg, milk, and mix to get whatever consistency you want, this link on stack exchange has a wonderful description of the differences
  • Ok, now that you’ve spread the batter around the pan, wait for all the bubbles to pop and for the edges of the pancake to start to brown
  • Gently work the edges of the pancake using the spatula until you’re able to flip it – I always screw up the first one, it takes practice to get it right
  • Make as much as you can until the batter runs out, start with small sizes until you get the hang of flipping the pancakes!
  • For the filling, you can do a rolled pancake or you can do a triangle fold, the Swedish pancakes in the picture have creme cheese (about 1 tablespoon per crepe, spread out) and homemade strawberry preserves (recipe to be added later to my list).
  • Enjoy the deliciousness!

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