Recipe Icelandic Pancakes

This Sunday I will host the fourth Afternoon Pancake event, and the theme is Icelandic Pancakes. Please join me, and try this great recipe (Danish version below):

Icelandic Ponnokukur

 Ingredients

  •     180g wheat flour
  •     2 tbsp sugar
  •     1 tsp baking powder
  •     3/4 tsp salt
  •     1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  •     1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  •     2 eggs
  •     400ml milk
  •     120ml heavy cream
  •     1 tsp vanilla extract
  •     Butter, for coating the pan

 Directions

1. In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients, and set aside. In another bowl, beat the eggs until smooth.

2. In alternating turns, add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk to the eggs, whisking until combined; repeat with the remaining flour and milk. Mix in the cream and vanilla. Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat a crepe pan over medium-high heat. Rub with a stick of butter to lightly coat the pan. While tilting the pan, pour batter onto the pan to thinly and evenly cover the entire surface. When the edges turn golden, flip the pancake, and brown the other side. Drop the pancake onto a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve the pancakes with whipped cream and strawberry or blueberry jam.

Icelandic Pancakes

Islandske Ponnokukur

Ingredienser

  •     180g hvedemel
  •     2 spsk sukker
  •     1 tsk bagepulver
  •     3/4 tsk salt
  •     1/2 tsk stødt kardemomme
  •     1/2 tsk stødt muskatnød
  •     2 æg
  •     400ml mælk
  •     120ml fløde
  •     1 tsk vaniljeextrakt
  •     Smør til panden

Fremgangsmåde

1. Si de tørre ingredienser sammen i en mellemstor skål. Pisk æggene til en ensformig masse i en anden skål. 

2. Tilsæt halvdelen af melblandingen og halvdelen af mælken til æggene, og pisk godt. Gentag med den resterende mel og mælk. Tilsæt fløden og vaniljeextrakten. Sæt dejen i køleskabet i 30 minutter.

3. Varm en pande op ved mellem til høj varme. Sæt lidt smør på panden. Imens panden tiltes hældes et tyndt lag dej på panden. Når kanten er brunlig vendes pandekagen og brunes på den anden side. Læg pandekagen på en tallerken. Gentag med den resterende dej.      

Server pandekagerne med flødeskum og jordbær- eller blåbærsyltetøj.

Jeg har testet dem allerede – jeg kan love jer de er fantastiske!

Don´t mention the C-word!

How does Calorie-awareness affect what and how much you eat? Does it have any affect at all?

On my trip to California my travel companions and I had interesting experiences with calories, and the “in your face” listings of calories on menus.

When we arrived in California we all knew, that maintaining our weight would be a challenge. The concept of Vacation-fat is not strange to us, and it is a term widely used I Denmark.

Pretty fast we agreed on not mentioning the C-word. There should be no talk of calories! Not in the way that we would just eat without any thought to the consequences, but almost…

Staying unaware of the (huge) amount of calories in the (big) servings of food we where offered in restaurants and diners turned out to be a challenge we had not seen coming.

A lot of the menus we where handed had listings of calories on them. And even though we are all pretty well educated, and all work with health related issues and therefore have a lot of knowledge about nutrition – we where still surprised!

We where surprised at how many calories was actually in some of the servings! A breakfast containing 1200 – 1500 calories was not that uncommon. And knowing, that a woman of my size only needs about 2000 calories per day, that was a bit frightening.

But mostly I think we where surprised, at how these listings actually affected what we ate, and how much.

Needless to say, that calories are usually not something you find on Danish menus.

I personally chose the “Healthy alternative” when possible, and I usually did not eat everything on the plate. I also cut down on the in between meals, so that I would have enough calories to spend on the main meals.

I think, that my rationale was, that with the amount of calories being brought to my attention in this way, deciding to not mention the C-word, and dwelling on the calorieunawareness, made no sense! There was a limit to how much denial I could get away with – even when visiting California.

As a result I made it through the week without gaining any weight. And I still had a good time, and ate a lot of good food. Including pancakes of course.

The opinions of my travel companions differed a little. One found that the listings of calories gave us an unhealthy focus on how much, and what, we ate. But all in all I think that we all used the information in a good way.

I should add, that in Denmark we are not used to serving sizes as big as the ones we saw in California! And also meals usually don´t contain such huge amounts of sugar, as Pancakes with syrup for instance. So should we have had to guess the amounts of calories in a serving, I think we would have underestimated quite a lot. Who would ever be able to guess the amount of calories tucked away in this nice serving of pancakes..

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Do you have any comments or experiences in this area? Please share.