Saturday, January 01, 2011


Christmas break is almost's pouring rain here and the temperature reads 50 F on my kitchen window thermometer.  It's time to call uppon Heikki Lunta, the Finnish snow god.   Back in the 70s, a radio station in Hancock WMPL (pronounced "wimple") employee named Dave Riutta penned the ditty  "Heikki Lunta's Snow Dance Song" (For those not familiar with Finnish, the name is pronounced HAY-key LOON-ta.) to inspire snow to  fall to support a local snowmobile race.  The song worked - TOO WELL! (for more wonderful history about this song, check out this great U.P. musc blog Rock and Roll Graffiti)  There was a huge snow storm that day.   Pouring rain on New Year's Day just isn't right.  We need Heikki Lunta here in Ann Arbor.

To inspire Heikki to come visit, I tried my hand at making Finnish pancakes, or Pannukakku, for breakfast this morning.   Pannukakku is like a German Dutch Baby style pancake - it gets puffy in the oven.   It's traditionally served sprinkled with powdered sugar and warm thimbleberry jam.   Thimbleberries are a northern Michigan wild fruit that taste like raspberries, so if you don't have the good fortune of having some of your own thimbleberry jam on hand, order some from the monks that live at the tip of the Keweenaw at Jampot or substitute some raspberry jam heated up to make it syrupy.

Here's how I made them this morning....they are surprisingly easy to make.  They'd be great to make on a school morning.  I'm thinking of making them when I cook for SELMA later this month.

Pannukakku - serves 8 people or 4 super hungry people

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c whole milk
6 eggs
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt

Preheat oven to 400 F, and place a 13X9 pan in it while it is heating. In a blender, mix all ingredients except the butter until it is well blended.   Put a couple tablespoons of butter into the hot pan, and brush the pan with the melted butter.   Add blender mixture, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until pancake is puffy and golden.  It will deflate when it's taken out of the oven.   Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar (looks like snow, Heikki!) and warm jam or maple syrup.


Anonymous said...

My husband was talking about needing Heikki Lunta to make a stop in Ann Arbor the other day as well (he went to MTU and this oddly warm downstate winter is getting to him). I just looked at the weather and it looks like you'll get your wish, at least temperature-wise.

Also, I LOVE the Jampot! I've got some lemon marmalade still left from one of our Keweenaw trips this past summer.


Cynthia said...

Make some Pannukakku, Jessica. It will cheer him up! it would go good with lemon marmalade, too, I bet!

Tightwad Mom said...

I'll try and send some of our Idaho snow your way. We are in the throws of a cold front, and it is FREEZING cold here! Love your recipe. My kids will go crazy for it!

Rebecca said...

Sheesh Mom! Can you make sure your snow god dances only over Ann Arbor? He's been dancing way too much over our mountains this last month and it's time for him to go home where he belongs!

Edward Vielmetti said...

I think that Heikki heard you!

Nicole said...

Every time I head home I make one of my first stops at the Suomi Cafe for Pannukakku.
I'm thinking the Heikki Lunta snow dance only works in the U.P., I have tried it here in Fairbanks and it only makes it colder.

Unknown said...

Looking forward to making this.I DO have some Thimbleberry jam!