To celebrate the launch of Moomins Cook book by SelfMadeHero, the Embassy of Finland reveals the secrets to the tasty dishes prepared by the wonderful Moominmamma by publishing a Recipe of the Month – until the end of 2010.
According to the Moomin philosophy, everything fun is good for the stomach. Aren't pancakes the perfect treat for an autumn's evening?
500 ml milk
80 g wheat flour
20 g barley flour
½ tsp salt
For frying: butter or margarine
1. Whisk the flour into the milk and add the salt. Add the eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and allow it to rest for about half an hour before frying.
2. Heat a cast-iron frying pan, then add a knob of butter. Pour enough of the batter into the centre of the pan so that it spreads out to form a thin, lace-like layer across the pan.
3. Once the underside of the pancake has cooked, turn it over using a wooden spatula. Fry the other side of the pancake until it is a beatiful brown colour, then remove the pancake and place it on a preheated plate (covered with a lid). Continue doing this until you have used up all the batter.
Serve the pancakes with strawberry jam or whipped cream.
Moomins Cook book, published in the UK in July, contains over 150 different forest recipes for drinks and dishes – from breakfast at the end of a sunny Nordic summer night to garden parties, campfires and birthday celebrations. The recipes are a wonderful introduction to Finnish cuisine; presented by the season and easy to make, they’re great for the young and old alike.