Ilse’s Pancakes

Today is my 42nd birthday! I wish I could be Oprah and gift all my readers a bag filled with my favorite things. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to make that happen, but I will give you all my very favorite recipe. Growing up one of my favorite birthday traditions was being given the honor of deciding what my family would eat for dinner that night. Most years I would choose Ilse’s Pancakes. The recipe originated from my grandma’s best friend Ilse who lived in NYC. I was always fascinated by her big city lifestyle and absolutely smitten with her pancakes. Although, I have always called them Ilse’s Pancakes they are more commonly known as Swedish pancakes. Swedish pancakes are very thin pancakes (similar to crepes) filled with sweet toppings. My daughter has continued the tradition of choosing Ilse’s pancakes as her birthday dinner each year. In fact, it’s a running joke in our family that whenever I ask for input planning dinners for the week, my daughter invariably answers “Ilse’s Pancakes.” I would categorize Ilse’s Pancakes as a breakfast dish, but they are so popular that my family often requests breakfast for dinner.


Ilse’s Pancakes

serves 4

  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour

Beat eggs, salt and sugar. Beat in milk. Add flour slowly to mixture and continue to beat until batter is smooth. 

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Ladle batter onto skillet. Spread batter in a thin circle using the bottom of the ladle. Once the pancake batter has changed from a shiny to a matte appearance, flip. Cook for a short time longer and transfer to an oven safe, covered dish to keep warm.

Our Favorite Toppings


In honor of my 42nd birthday, I thought it would be fun to share forty-two of my favorite things (including these pancakes) with you HERE. Although I have known many of you for years, my hope is to give those of you that are just getting to know me through Parker Posts a better sense of who I am. I hope you’ll let me know if we have any favorites in common. Cheers!


  1. Karen

    September 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds delish Parker!

    1. Parker

      September 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you! You will have to let me know what topping is your favorite. Enjoy 🙂

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