M Restaurant‘s executive chef Kyle Beebe: Family recipes are difficult. We have a few but they are locked away in my mother’s head. By learning as I see, my mother cooks by previous knowledge of dishes she’s made and just cooks from the heart.

One of my favorite quotes:

Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.
— Thomas Keller

But for the sake of this question, I have a recipe that I grew up with for brunches. I think the story [behind this recipe] goes: my grandmother heard it on the radio long ago. Enjoy my grandmother’s Finnish Pancakes!

Chef Kyle Beebe’s Grandmother’s Finnish Pancakes

Servings:  6-8

Ingredients:

First set:

  • 3 well-beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)

Second Set:

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix the first set of ingredients.
  2. Then mix in the second half.
  3. Pour into a greased baking sheet with walls and bake at 400 degree (F) non-convection for 10-15 minutes or until the surface is really poofy/bubbly and golden brown. When it cooks, the air will escape, and you’ll have this warm oven baked pancake.
  4. Then just top it with some sour cream, macerated strawberries and a touch of maple syrup. Enjoy!
Finnish Pancakes (photo via PancakeWeekend.com)

Finnish Pancakes (photo via PancakeWeekend.com)

 

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