Japanese Cloud Pancakes

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Japanese Cloud Pancakes

a photo of three fluffy Japanese cloud pancakes topped with powdered sugar and mixed fresh berries

The entire internet has gone absolutely crazy for these Japanese pancakes! They are so light, airy and tasty! A Japanese cloud pancake just became a staple at our house, so get out your egg whites and let’s give breakfast around the world a try!

Japanese cloud pancakes are fluffy and decadent, we are going to walk you through each step of making them. They require a little extra care and attention than traditional American buttermilk pancakes. They are worth every bit of effort though! Trust me on that!

What is a Japanese Cloud Pancake?

Japanese cloud pancakes, also known as soufflé pancakes, are delicate cottony pancakes. They are made by folding whipped egg whites into pancake batter so when they cook, they puff up like a soufflé.

Pancake Molds

I’ve decided that while the authentic pancake clearly uses a ring mold, I just do not have the time or mental capacity to worry about buying molds, spraying molds, filling molds AND cleaning molds. So! Here’s my tricky solution and should you wish to use molds, these seem to be the best buy:

Instead, the key is to uses a nonstick pan that has a lid that will securely fit on the pan and add the batter in layers, allowing the first to begin to cook and then dolloping more on top. I know, I know, but it’s still easier for me than a mold. I’ll go into all the details below.

What Do I Need to Make Japanese Pancakes

Even though these are Japanese, you don’t need any exotic ingredients. In fact, you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in house already, and if not, everything can be found at your standard grocery store. Here is your ingredients list:

  • Egg Yolk: adds structure and richness to the pancakes
  • Sugar: adds sweetness
  • Whole Milk: The milk must be whole milk. The fattier milk makes for a better souffle.
  • Cake Flour: gives the pancakes a lighter texture then all purpose flour
  • Baking Powder: acts as a leavening agent for the pancakes to give them some lift
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor

For the Egg Whites

  • Egg Whites: adds rise and fluffiness to the pancakes
  • Cream of Tartar: helps stabilize the egg whites so they hold their fluffiness
  • Sugar: adds sweetness
  • Water: used to help cook the pancakes by adding steam

The measurements for all these ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Japanese Cloud Pancakes

Here is your step by step guide to making Japanese cloud pancakes without a mold…

  1. Prepare batter by whisking the yolk and sugar in a large bowl until pale and then slowly whis

Swedish Pancakes [+Video]

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Swedish Pancakes [+Video]

a photo of four swedish pancakes rolled up and sitting next to each other on a white plate topped with diced strawberries.

Swedish Pancakes are a cross between a crepe and a pancake. They have a delicate texture and my gosh, they are delicious!

I honestly think that Swedish pancakes are superior to every other crepe-like recipe. I’ve said it, I’ve done it, I’ve angered the world. But truly, other than our buttermilk brown butter crepes (would you like the recipe?!) these are the best breakfast from around the world. In my humble opinion. Most Swedish pancake recipes call for only milk but their milk seems to be more full fat so adding sour cream achieved that extra flavor we lack in the states, but you can totally use all milk instead.

Culinary Heritage

I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of getting to know your heritage and ancestors lately. There are so many amazing stories that we are learning, like pulling handcarts across the United States and being trapped in horrendous snow storms with no food or even shoes, yet writing faith-filled journals about trust in God and His love. Amazing!

Recently I decided that if I was ever truly wanting to get to know someone I’d visit them where they live and eat what they eat and walk where they walk. So, I’ve decided I need a trip to Europe. 

It’s settled. I need to go. 

And in the meantime, I’m discovering recipes that my ancestors used, like these Swedish Pancakes!

What is a Swedish Pancake?

A Swedish pancake is a thin, crepe-like, pancake is that is lacy and tender and traditionally served with lingonberries or lingonberry jam. In fact, they are even sometimes called Swedish crepes. They can be rolled up for folded into quarters and eaten with whatever toppings you love.

What is the Difference Between Swedish Pancakes and Regular Pancakes?

Swedish pancakes are lighter and thinner than regular pancakes, or “American pancakes” we will call them. We are no strangers to the best pancakes on earth, and if you dig in and compare the two recipes, you will see that Swedish pancakes have more milk than flour and more eggs and butter. The batter for Swedish pancakes will be thin and pourable where the batter for American pancakes is quite thick and almost has be to spooned onto the pan or skillet to cook.

Are Swedish Pancakes the Same as Crepes?

Though similar, they are not the same thing. Swedish pancakes are lighter and fluffier and don’t hold us as

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

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Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

A photo of a baked dutch baby pancake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

It’s the dutch baby pancake that brings all the family to the table. Throw on whipped cream and beautiful berries and they might not ever leave!

I honestly don’t know why we differentiate between German Pancakes and Dutch Baby Pancakes. It’s pretty much the same thing but one is in a pan and the other a skillet.

Am I right?

When I met Cade, his roommates in college would make these pancakes on the weekend and I love that a bunch of boys had some random cooking tradition together. Isn’t that the cutest?

What is a Dutch Baby Pancake?

A dutch baby pancake is a fluffy pancake that bakes in the oven and puffs up around the edges and leaves the bottom custardy and delicious. Like I mentioned, it’s pretty much the same thing as a German pancake except it is baked in a cast iron skillet instead of a casserole dish.

It’s basically a combination of a pancake, crepe and popover that is usually served for breakfast and can be sweet or savory. I’ve always gone sweet with mine, but they would be delicious topped with ham, cheese and chives! I’m totally doing that next time.

It also makes a big enough pancake to feed the whole family at the same time. No waiting for pancakes to be done or getting a cold pancake that has been sitting a while.

Are Dutch Baby and German Pancakes the Same?

I mean, the Dutch Baby pancake is basically the same thing as a German Pancake but you’ll see a small difference between the two recipes.

What Ingredients are Needed for Dutch Baby Pancakes?

All you need is 6 simple ingredients to make dutch babies and you’ll probably have most, if not all, of them already on hand. That makes them perfect for a Saturday morning or for a last minute breakfast for dinner.

  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Lemon Zest
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Butter

The exact measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

How to Make Dutch Baby Pancakes

This is one of my daughter’s favorite recipes to make. It is easy enough for a child to make and delicious enough for everyone to devour. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Put all the ingredients except the butter in a blender and pulse until combined.
  3. Place the butter in the cast iron skillet and stick the pan in the oven until the butter is melted.
  4. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the batter into it.
  5. Return it to the oven and bake.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite pancake toppings.
The detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

What to Serve with a Dutch Baby?

These are a few of our favorite toppings for a sweet dutch baby pancake:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • <

Melt in Your Mouth Buttermilk Pancakes [+ Video]

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Melt in Your Mouth Buttermilk Pancakes [+ Video]

Awesome Buttermilk Pancakes ohsweetbasil.com

The absolute best recipe (after testing hundreds) for buttermilk pancakes. In fact, these are melt in your mouth buttermilk pancakes!

The BEST Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

It’s finally here!!!! After testing, and testing, and testing all sorts of buttermilk pancake recipes, we’ve finally come up with what Cade and the girls say is finally the award winning, melt in your mouth buttermilk pancakes recipe!!

Woop there it is!

This recipe for buttermilk pancakes truly took us months of testing, but I just know you’ll love it too so it was worth every disaster and every re-do.

We tried all sorts of different techniques, like adding oil instead of butter, sifted flour or regular flour, egg whites beaten to stiff peaks, an extra egg yolk, whisking versus stirring, baking powder, both baking powder and baking soda and blah blah blah.

Everyone swears by the egg white method, but we actually found that not only did it take too much time, but the pancakes were surprisingly too airy for us. We wanted a light pancake but we still wanted it to melt in our mouths, which means we had to ditch the egg white and change up our baking soda and baking powder method.

“I make pancakes a lot, but tried this recipe this morning for the first time and the kids deemed them the BEST PANCAKES EVER! “

– OSB Reader

Buttermilk Syrup

When you make these buttermilk pancakes, be sure to try these melt in your mouth buttermilk pancakes with our Buttermilk Syrup — the combination is ridiculously amazing and delicious!

If you’re a coconut lover, try our coconut buttermilk syrup. It is actual heaven!

What is Buttermilk? 

If you don’t often cook with buttermilk, you may not understand why it’s an essential ingredient in these pancakes, or even what it is.

Real buttermilk is the fat-free, flavorful liquid that’s left over after you’ve churned a batch of homemade butter (have any of you churned your own butter before?). Buttermilk is full of natural cultures and is slightly tangy, which makes it great for tenderizing meat and adding to baked goods. 

Can I Substitute Powdered Buttermilk?

You can use buttermilk powder, however I HIGHLY recommend sticking with the liquid as it is absolutely better, thicker and fluffier. If you need to use powdered, I suggest our Read more

Authentic Finnish Pancakes Recipe [+Video]

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Authentic Finnish Pancakes Recipe [+Video]

a photo of several golden pan fried thin finnish pancakes that are rolled up and topped with a blackberry sauce and whipped cream

Authentic Finnish pancakes are a popular traditional dish eaten during Midsummer’s Eve or Christmas. Learn how to make traditional Finnish pancakes with this recipe.

Bon Appétit describes Finnish pancakes as somewhere between “crepes, pancakes and heaven” and I couldn’t agree more. These are light and tender and ready to top with your favorite pancake toppings.

If you have been joining us on our tour of pancakes around the world, then welcome to Finland! I have never been there, but it is definitely on my list of places to visit! Now don’t get confused, there are two types of pancakes that are popular in Finland, a baked oven pancake (pannukakku) and a pan fried pancake (lettu or lätty). This version is the pan fried, crepe-like pancake, and they are fabulous!

My Tie to Finland

We lived by the most amazing mother-daughter-duo for quite a few years in Lehi, Utah, Alison and her mother, Marty. Marty is a spunky explosion of happiness in my life and the lives of my family members. She and her daughter welcomed us into their lives in a way that can be nothing other than a spiritual gift from heaven. We felt like family and will always love them like family. 

These two women have witnessed more heartache than most, especially with the loss of loved ones and I am living my life differently because of how deeply they love, mourn and continue on faithful regardless of their trials. They live sweet, happy lives. They cherish the people around them and are always spinning new paths on metaphorical spider webs of family. I love them. And I love that they love where they come from, Finland. 

Not just Finland, but the people and stories around their lives matter. So, I have no reason to have made Finnish Pancakes other than to think of them and try to be more like them because no one does family like they do. 

What Do I Need to Make Finnish Pancakes?

The ingredients for Finnish pancakes are items that you’ll probably have in your pantry or fridge so they are a great option to make spur of the moment (same story for our more traditional buttermilk pancakes if you want to go with an old reliable pancake)! If you want to try something new, the kids will be over the moon for these Finnish pancakes! Here is what you will need:

  • Eggs: You want the eggs well beaten so I usually just use a blender for mixing all the ingredients.
  • Milk: For the best flavor and texture, use whole milk.
  • Flour: just regular all purpose flour works great
  • Vanilla: adds flavor
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Sugar: You can totally control the sweetness here. Add as little as 3 tablespoons for mild sweetness up to 6 tablespoons for maximum sweetness.
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