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Lingonberry Pancakes

Lingonberry Pancakes
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Yield: 12 pancakes

Interest in Scandinavian culture, design, and cooking ran high in the 1960s, and these crepe-like pancakes filled with lingonberry preserves were a popular brunch or dessert item. The fruits themselves resemble small cranberries, and they're wonderfully tart.


Note: Lingonberry preserves are available at Ikea stores, gourmet shops, and most supermarkets with a good international aisle. You may also substitute currant jam, sour-cherry preserves, or raspberry jam.


Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for skillet
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lingonberry preserves (see Note)
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

Instructions:

In a 6-cup blender, briefly whir eggs. Add sugar, cream, and milk, and blend. Add flour and salt, and blend 5 seconds. The batter will seem loose; don't worry. Add melted butter and vanilla, and blend, first on low, then going up to medium to avoid spills, until emulsified, about 30 seconds. Let batter rest at least 30 minutes (or up to overnight).


Melt about 1 teaspoon butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat. Ladle 1/2 cup batter into the pan and swirl to form a thin circle. Cook until pancake is lightly browned on bottom and cooked through on top, 3 to 5 minutes (no need to flip).


Spoon preserves down the center and roll the sides up and over, like a crêpe. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.

Updated Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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