I’ve always loved pancakes. Especially the Finnish crepes, or Lattyja, that my mother made when I was young.
We had these often, and I still love to make them today.
I think probably every nationality has their own version of crepes. They’re sooo easy to make and really delicious. This is the Finnish version that I grew up with.
1 cup flour
2 cups milk (or buttermilk if you prefer)
1 tbsp sugar
dash of salt
Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Once mixed, let sit for about an hour. I usually put a clean tea towel over the bowl and put it in the fridge.
If it sits for longer than an hour you may have to add a little more milk to thin the batter. You don’t want it to be too thick.
Heat a non-stick pan to medium-low. You can spray the pan with a non-stick spray or coat with butter, depending on what you have on hand. You should re-coat for each crepe.
I use a soup ladle to pour the batter into the pan in a thin layer. Once the batter is in the pan you should swirl it around a bit to fill the bottom of the pan. The amount of batter you use depends on the size of the pan.
My pan bottom is about 8″ across, but you can make the crepes any size you like.
When I see that the crepe is starting to set I’ll loosen the edges with a spatula, and then swirl the pan a bit to see if the crepe will move.
Once the crepe slides around in the pan it’s ready to flip with the spatula. The timing for this depends on how thick the crepe batter is. Every crepe is different.
Once flipped, the crepe should only need about 30 seconds on that side. Then slide it on to a plate.
Now you can fill the crepe with whatever you like. I usually use raspberry or strawberry jam.
Then I roll up the crepes and decorate with a little sugar on top. You could sprinkle with icing sugar, drizzle with chocolate, add a dollop of whipped cream… or whatever you like. Just go for it!
I love these crepes so much that I’ll have them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
From this recipe I get seven or eight 8″ crepes, depending on how thick I make them. Leftovers are easily stored in an airtight container in the fridge, and can be easily reheated in the microwave.
They can also be frozen, but I’ve never done that because we usually eat them all within a day or two.
They never last very long in this house. lol.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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