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How to Cook Grandma’s Russian Pancakes

Russian Pancakes are always a treat around our house.

crepesThere are so many kinds of pancakes, I hardly know where to begin.

Pancakes or griddle cakes can be prepared to serve as appetizers, breakfast, lunch or supper, treats or as desserts & snacks.

They can be prepared on your kitchen stove, table-side, a BBQ grill pan or electric griddle.

Regardless of what one calls them, pancakes, crepes, blintzes, griddle cakes, batter cakes or flap jacks, they are easy to mix & make.

Being of Eastern European heritage, our family referred to our pancake version as German or Russian pancakes.

Until I did my own grocery shopping, I never realized that you could purchase pancake mix, and that there are so many variations of pancakes.

How to Cook Russian Pancakes:

My grandmother’s recipe for “Russian Pancakes” follows and yields about 12 dinner plate sized, thin pancakes.

  • Tip: Mix wet ingredients quickly into the dry, and do not over-beat – just enough to barely wet the dry ingredients.

Type: Breakfast Recipe

Serve with: maple syrup, cinnamon, butter & sugar, jam/jelly
Prep Time: 8 min
Cook Time: 6 – 8 min for each pancake
Yields: 12 servings



  1. In a large bowl, mix together all purpose flour, sugar & salt.
  2. In another bowl, stir together whole milk, eggs, vanilla extract & butter.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry & quickly whisk together.
  4. Into a hot, buttered pan on medium high, depending on your stove, using a ladle-ful of batter, pour into sauté pan. Pick up frying pan to swirl batter to the edges of the pan evenly. * Tip: Your pancake will be about the size of a dinner plate.
  5. When the pancake is dry around the edge, and the batter becomes firm, flip over for less than a minute. * Tip: After cooking the first one, use that as your timing guide.
  6. Continue until batter is gone.

I like to have everyone at the table, and serve as I cook each pancake. If you cook all before serving, butter the tops, as you stack, and cover in a warm oven.

Russian Pancakes are great with maple syrup or just a light sprinkle of sugar.

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