Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ponnukokur (Icelandic pancakes)

I learned how to make these when Gary was still in law school (1977) from the wife of one of Gary's fellow students, Cece Holt. They lived in Iceland during a stint in the military and she learned to make them from the natives!

Remember to keep your cardamom in the refrigerator - it's an expensive spice and will stay fresh and flavorful for a long time if you do. (I keep my cinnamon in the fridge, too. Since I use mostly organic spices, it just makes sense.)
BTW - you can call me "Card-a-Mom". Yarg.


1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
2 T. sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cardamom (or 1 t. cardamom and 1 t. vanilla pure extract)
3 cups milk
1/4 c. melted butter (you really need to use real butter here)

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a dent in the middle and break the whole eggs into the center. Whisk and continue whisking while adding the milk. Add the melted butter and blend. The batter will be the consistency of heavy cream.

I admit I am a butter freak (hence my figure) and I like to lightly butter the bottom of the skillet before making each pancake. You skinny girls might want to use a cooking spray.

Use 1/4 cup batter for each pancake on a well-seasoned or non-stick skillet, preheated to a medium-high temperature. Tip the pan to spread the batter evenly all around the bottom and sides of the pan. Brown lightly on each side. Don't get frustrated if the first couple of pancakes don't work out. After 30 years, I still goober one or two at first. Cool pancakes between layers of paper towels or napkins.


1 pint whipping cream, whipped or 1 medium container of Cool-Whip.
1/2 - 1 c. sliced strawberries (frozen or fresh - 5-6 T. jam works nicely, too)

Spread a heaping tablespoon of filling onto each pancake and fold into quarters.

This has become an Easter tradition in the Hansen house! They are so yummy!!


Heidi said...

This is definitely one of my favorite foods!

becca said...

Is this like crepes? I have to make a whole bunch of crepes for a shower on Saturday and I thought it might be fun to try this recipe for something new and different.

Marilyn said...

Yes, they are exactly like crepes, just a little bigger and with the cardamom they are very unique.

becca said...

I tried these for my sister-in-law's shower on Saturday and they were great! They smell really good while cooking! The only problem is you can't cheat and use a crepe maker, the batter won't stick. My mom came down and helped me and we whipped out a bunch real fast. Thanks for the great recipe Marilyn!