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A Swedish love story: Pancakes

Ubiquitous in Sweden, pancakes come in many different forms, thicknesses and sizes. In essence, you just need some flour, eggs, milk, a good pinch of salt and a generous amount of butter to fry them in. These are between American pancakes and French crêpes in size, but with a slight saltiness and crispy edges to make them extra moreish. You can also serve them sweet.


284ml buttermilk

130ml-150ml whole milk

1 medium egg

150g plain flour

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

a generous pinch of sea salt

soft butter, for frying


12 rashers of smoked streaky bacon

150ml double cream

4 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs (such as chives and flat-leaf parsley), plus a few sprigs to garnish

sea salt and black pepper

½ a red onion, peeled and very finely chopped

a few dollops of carrot ketchup (see the book for homemade) or your ketchup of choice

■ In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with 130ml of the milk and the egg until smooth. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then fold into the wet ingredients until incorporated. Add the extra milk if required to reach a yoghurt consistency. Set aside in the fridge for 15 minutes.

■ Preheat the grill to high. Spread the bacon rashers on a foil-lined baking tray and grill for 4-5 minutes, or until crispy, turning them over halfway through.

■ Whip the cream to soft peaks, stir through the herbs and season well with salt and pepper. Set aside in the fridge while you cook the pancakes.

■ Preheat the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 3. Put a crêpe pan or nonstick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 teaspoon of butter. Add a ladleful of the batter and spread into a neat-ish circle of about 15cm, using the back of the ladle. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, then place the pancake on a baking tray and keep warm in the oven while you make the others. You may need to add more butter to the pan.

■ To serve, place a pancake on each plate and top with a dollop of the herby cream and 2 slices of bacon. Scatter with the red onion and the remaining herbs, and serve with your choice of ketchup.