Jästa pannkakor / Yeast leavened pancakes

I figured I’d throw up an English translation of a recipe I found on Wikibooks for southern Swedish (Scanian?) yeast leavened pancakes.

These take a while to make, mostly due to the time it takes the batter to rise, but they’re by far the best pancakes I’ve ever made or eaten. They end up a lot fluffier than American style pancakes that use baking soda or baking powder as the raising agent.

Ingredients

This makes about a dozen pancakes, depending on how big you make them.

25 g fresh yeast or 2 teaspoons of dry instant dry yeast
350 ml of milk
350 ml / 210 grams all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon powdered vanilla sugar (you can use vanilla extract instead, as this type of vanilla sugar isn’t common outside of the Nordics).
A touch of salt
Butter (for frying)

Warm the milk to 37 degrees C. Dissolve the fresh yeast in the milk. Whisk in the eggs with the milk. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt. Add the wet ingredients and whisk everything together until you have a thick, smooth batter. If you’re using instant dry yeast, mix it with the flour instead of the milk.

Now the batter needs to ferment/rise. This takes about an hour in room temperature, or you can speed it up by putting the mixing bowl in a warm water bath (about 37-40 degrees C). The batter should almost triple in size and be very bubbly at this point. Do not whisk it or stir it unnecessarily at this point, as you want the air in the pancakes to make them as fluffy as possible.

bubbly pancake batter

Melt some butter in a medium-hot frying pan. You might have to start a bit hotter and then reduce the temperature as you’re frying the pancakes. You need about 100 ml of batter per pancake. Make sure to add a little knob of butter for every pancake you cook. If you have a large frying pan, you can cook a couple of pancakes at a time.

frying pancakes

The original recipe calls for serving these with light beet syrup, but maple syrup works just as well. I tend to add a bit of jam on mine too. If you really want to go fancy, you can also have some whipped cream with them.
Note that these pancakes actually freeze quite well and are easily re-heated in a microwave oven.

pancakes

Original recipe source in Swedish: Wikibooks jästa pannkakor

Debbie's

Debbie’s is a smallish American style diner that opened up in Taoyuan in June 2008. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed and it’s tastefully decorated, in as much as you can decorate a diner. The owner speaks English and they seem to cater both to the locals and the foreigners in Taoyuan. The place is small, but it doesn’t feel cramped and there’s around 10 tables, all of which seat four.

Debbie’s serves brunch until 14.00 although we missed that today, but the rest of the menu has a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, burritos and some other stuff as well. The whole menu isn’t available on the website and in addition to the brunch items listed they also have pancakes. The drinks are large and they serve Root Beer which isn’t very common in Taiwan.

I ordered the beef burritos and Brenda got the bacon sandwich and a side of buffalo wings. The bacon sandwich came with a side of freshly made fries and they were really good and the sandwich was quite tasty as well. The buffalo wings were a bit dry, but came with a side of ranch dressing. The burritos were big, but not very authentic, although they had refried beans a bit of mince, sour cream and a side of salsa, so no major complaints for the price.

The total came up to NT$590 which has to be considered reasonable for what we ordered, as most western style places in Taiwan are expensive for no good reason. We’ll definitely go back and try the brunch next time. You can find Debbie’s website here. Debbies is located about 5 minutes walk from Mitsukoshi in Taoyuan.

Update: Well, we went back for brunch this weekend and both of us ordered pancakes, although they normally come with a side of some kind of meat byproduct such as sausage, ham or bacon, but neither of us wanted that so Debbie kindly offered to give us a couple of extra pancakes. The only downside this time was that it took forever to get the food, the place was quite busy, but a couple that came after us got their burritos before we got our food. The pancakes were good, although you’ll most likely have to ask for extra maple syrup as we didn’t get enough, but that was most likely cause of the extra helping we got. Brenda also ordered a side of mash, which we had to remind them about, as it didn’t turn up. The pancakes comes with a drink and are quite affordable at NT$110. We might yet be back one more time before we move from Taoyuan, as I think we’ll need a hearty breakfast on Friday morning.