by Nick Bergstrom
Mom and Dad are both the youngest of eight kids, so when my extended family all get together for Christmas, it’s huge!
Each year, the task of hosting the big family get-together rotates between the aunts and uncles. On the day before the main event, my siblings and I meet at my parents’ house for a much smaller celebration of our own, where we swap stories, enjoy each other’s company, and…who am I kidding? We get together to eat Mom’s plättar.
Plättar are Swedish pancakes, basically a lighter and fluffier version of crepes. Like crepes, they can be enjoyed as a savory meal with eggs, ham and cheese, steak and mushrooms, etc., but the true and righteous way to eat them—the reason God put plättar on this good green Earth in the first place—is as a dessert! Drown them in buttermilk syrup, spread them with Nutella or a mixture of whipped cream and jam, sprinkle powdered sugar, add orange liqueur sauce or vanilla ice cream or mascarpone…you can’t go wrong with plättar.
A Family Secret
Anyway, one year as we were gathering at my parents’ home in anticipation of our annual plättar pig-out, there was a knock at the door. My aunt was standing there with a big bowl of Swedish meatballs. She walked in and started setting up in the kitchen, chattering about her day, as the rest of us looked confused and wondered which of us was going to tell her that the big event wasn’t until the next day. Then there was another knock at the door and another relative walked in carrying food. And another. And another.
My dad dipped into another room and came back with panic in his face. He whispered to us that he’d checked the invitation, and even though we’d printed the right date, we’d given the wrong day of the week. “Well,” Mom sighed, “I guess we’re ready with one dish.” She got out her special pan and started cranking out plättar.
For years, no one outside our immediate family knew about our mistake. All they knew was that they’d been treated to the most delicious non-Christmas Christmas food ever!
Serves 6-8 people
- 2 cups flour
- 2 ½ cups milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients and mix until batter is smooth.
- If you have a special plättar pan, heat it up and coat inside of each individual mold with melted butter. If you’re using a regular griddle, spread butter on the hot griddle.
- Spoon batter into the plättar pan molds or onto the hot griddle. Use only 1-2 TBSP of batter for each plättar.
- Cook for about 1 minute until light golden brown on the bottom. Then flip and cook for an additional minute.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve used all the batter. Rebutter your pan or griddle as needed.
- Enjoy your delicious (and always timely) plättar!