How to make classic Danish Pancakes

Danish pancakes is a special treat and it is served as a dessert. The Danish pancakes seem to be a little sweeter than crepes. This delicious dessert will impress your family and friends for sure.  Your guests will be buzzing in anticipation to have the Danish pancake for dessert. 

Danish pancakes are very easy to make. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.  It does take a little time because you want to make at least two large pancakes for each person to enjoy.  The pancakes are made one at a time in a large skillet similar to making crepes.   


  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • European butter for frying
  • grated lemon peel 
  • optional filling for the pancakes such as sugar, fresh fruit, or preserves

 Cooking Utensils:

  • a whisk or a fork
  • small bowl
  • spatula
  • grater
  • a large non-stick frying pan
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


  1. Add all ingredients (except butter) into the bowl.  Mix well until all clumps are gone.
  2. Let the batter sit in a large measuring cup for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  3. Now you are ready to start frying pancakes! Add a bit of butter to a non-stick skillet and heat until medium warm.
  4. Tilt the pan approx 90 degrees and pour batter from the top. The batter will, run down and fill the pan from rim to rim. You can also pour the batter in the middle of the pan and quickly make circling motions to distribute the batter all over the pan. The goal is to have as thin a batter layer as possible.
  5. Cook until the pancake is a bit stiff.  Before you flip the pancake be sure the pancake is firm on the edges. 
  6. When ready flip over the pancake.  You will see it is nice and golden brown. Cook the other side for another 1 minute.  The pancake should be light brown on both sides.
  7. When ready, remove the Danish pancake from the frying pan.
  8. Repeat the steps until you have used up all of the batter.

The smell of danske pandekager on the pan is sure to attract everyone in the neighborhood.

Danske pandekager can be eaten in many ways. Usually there is a large stack of pancakes on a serving dish for everyone to share.  We usually pass around the serving dish so at least each person has one or even two on their plate. 

The traditional way is to eat Danish pancakes is to drizzle sugar or marmelade in the center of the pancake.  Then roll up the pancake into a roll. 


If you have fresh fruit either strawberries

or raspberries

are wonderful to serve with the Danish pancakes on the side. 
In Denmark, pandekager are normally served at kaffetid (coffee hour) at 3 p.m. Formally we usually have coffee or tea with the pancakes.  If we have guests we serve the pancakes on our Royal Copenhagen China and our Georg Jensen silverware. 

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