16 Reviews

We lived in Thunder Bay for over 36 years, and I experimented with a recipe to try and copy the delicious Hoito pancakes. Finally came up with a formula that made it easy to change the number of servings. My recipe makes a thin batter, but it has worked for me for the last 50 years: same amount of flour and milk, and twice as many eggs. For example: 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and 2 eggs. Then add a little melted butter, sprinkle of salt, and a bit of vanilla. It's important to have a really hot pan, therefore a non-stick doesn't work very well. I always use a cast iron pan, with a small amount of oil (before each pancake). Pour in a ladle full of batter, tilt the pan to distribute the batter, cook for only a minute and flip. Delicious!

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Camping Chef May 13, 2015

Love this recipe, the difference is in the pan used! I always use a cast iron pan!

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wendys70 March 18, 2015

Adding the butter to the batter made these pancake greasy. Going to try again without adding the butter.

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Suzin N. February 15, 2015

My Grandmother and Aunts used to work at the Hoito as they were all Finish and lived down the street. Here's my Grandma's recipe I got out of her hand written recipe book. She once told me that the Hoito uses her Mom's recipe for pancakes. <br/><br/>4 eggs<br/>2 cups Milk<br/>1 Cup Flour<br/>1 pinch baking soda<br/>1/2 tsp salt<br/><br/>Throw it all in a blender and combine it all. Let it rest 1/2 hour or whatever.<br/><br/>I've never added butter to the batter but would try. I also add 1 tsp vanilla, and a little bit of sugar. <br/><br/>I like to melt 1/2 a cup of butter so that when you're frying your pancakes you have already melted butter and don't have to wait for it to melt each time. Also I think it's important to use a cast iron pan. I usually set up 2 and whip out pancakes.

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jason August 19, 2014

We saw Hoito on "You Gotta Eat Here." The kids asked me to try to find a recipe because the pancakes looked so good. These are amazing and are requested several times a week!!

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Ven-Jor Mom August 01, 2014

Easy recipe and turned out almost like the hoito you can roll easy into a crepe with whatever filling you desire !! Bring from a Thunder Bay I'm pretty impressed

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willydog July 23, 2014

So Close to the Hoito it is not even funny! These pancakes turned out fabulously! Now I don't have to travel all the way back to Thunder Bay to get this delicious treat! Thanks for the recipe!

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Anja R. March 15, 2014

Great recipe,Finn pancakes are easy to adjust for large or small batches.And the real secret is a hot cast iron frying pan.Honest give it a try.

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Candace M. January 14, 2014

My son tripled a batch and we served up with 4 different syrups....yum....this recipe getting taped to the indoor of the cupboard for easy access along side our most served up weekend pancakes

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karen in tbay June 10, 2013
Copy-Cat Hoito Finnish Pancakes