Plättar — Swedish mini-pancakes

by | Oct 9, 2020

What’s perfect to eat on a nice picnic? I’m sure many Swedes would nominate plättar, or Swedish mini-pancakes. Somehow, they are even more delicious than their famous larger sibling, the thin pancake.

However, there are different ways of picnicking, as this story from Svenska Dagbladet shows.

In May 1885, a family went on a picnic together with a guest. The mother in the family had promised everyone a delicious meal, but the guest was slightly concerned as he couldn’t see any food baskets.

As they were walking towards the right spot, the guest noticed the eighteen-year-old daughter, Louise. She looked particularly lovely that day, with a narrow, corseted waist and a bustle so enormous that her skirt looked like a hot air balloon.

But, the guest wasn’t the only person who took an interest in her skirt. Her brothers gather around her, whispering until one exclaimed: “plättar, plättar, it smells like plättar!” Their sister blushed and shooed them off.

When they arrived at the picnic spot, the mother opened a slit in the skirt… and took out a ham, two loaves of bread, a dozen beer, a bottle of glögg, plenty of eggs, a plate of plättar, “and plenty of other rarities”.

The mother was so proud of the invention, but I can’t help wondering what Louise thought about having to carry all the food inside her skirt…

Plättjärn photographed in 1930. Today’s versions look very similar, but are have a more rounded shape. Photo: Tomas Wiedersheim-Paul/Skansen.
Woman with a MASSIVE iron for making plättar. Grannäs, Hälsingland, 1982. Photo: Hilding Mickelsson/Hälsinglands Museum.

How to make Swedish mini-pancakes — plättar

The recipe I use is the same for plättar as it is for large, thin pancakes. If you don’t have a special iron for making plättar, you can simply fry them in a frying pan, using about one tablespoon for each mini-pancake.

It is easy to adjust the recipe: 1 egg and one deciliter of flour for every two deciliters of milk. This recipe yields about 50 plättar.

3 dl (1 1/5 cup) flour
pinch of salt
6 dl (2 2/5 cup) milk
3 eggs

For frying: butter or a neutral oil like sunflower or rapeseed oil
For serving: traditionally jam, fresh berries or fruit, whipped cream

  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and salt and stir it together. Add about half of the milk and whisk until it is smooth and lump-free. Then add the rest of the milk and whisk.
  2. Add the eggs one by one to the milk mix, whisking in between each egg.
  3. Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes so the flour can swell.
  4. Melt butter in a plättjärn (a mini-pancake iron) and once the butter is quiet, add batter. Remember to add the middle one last, as it will cook the fastest. If you don’t have a plättjärn, use a sturdy frying pan and once the butter is quiet, add about a tablespoon of batter for each one. Make sure to keep distance between them, as they will float out at first. You want them to be golden and the batter to have set on the top before you flip them over and fry the other side.
  5. Enjoy your plättar with jam like drottningsylt, fruit or berries, or whipped cream.


Plättar freeze well and are excellent picnic food. Serve them with jam or berries, and maybe whipped cream. If you want to go savory, it is easy to top it with some grated carrots, pork, and maybe lingonberry jam.

Plättar often come as a dessert after a meal of soup.


  1. Siri Fenson

    Tack, Isabelle, for dina fina mejls med recept. Uppskattar sarskilt att hora bakgrunden om ratterna.
    Angaende Louise och hennes kjol…jag far val forsoka att overraska mina barnbarn precis som hon gjorde, men bryr mig nog bara om att ta med plattar och drottningsylt!!!

    • Isabelle Fredborg

      Siri, tack så mycket för kommentaren! Det är på gång med lite mer bakgrund om plättar, och även om pannkakor och annat gott.

      Ja, ska du försöka dig på något liknande så låter det klokt med “bara” plättar och drottningsylt, för det måste ha varit fasligt tungt att släpa all mat. Jag återgav bara en sammanfattning av historien, men tydligen behövde hela sällskapet vid ett tillfälle ta sig över ett staket — det kan inte ha varit det lättaste.

  2. gregory anderson

    Tack Isabelle för berättelsen och receptet. Jag ska dela båda med min pappa och mamma Anderson och mina syskon denna Yule.
    Ursäkta min svenska från Google tack. Jag lär mig läsa men inte skicklig.

    • Isabelle Fredborg

      Gregory, vad roligt att du lär dig svenska! Jag hoppas att du och din familj gillar plättarna. Det kommer mer recept på julmat lite längre fram!


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My name is Isabelle. Here at Swedish Spoon, you’ll find Swedish food history, tried-and-tested recipes, and a lot of obsessing over great butter. You can also expect some travel tips.