It all happened on Findus' birthday.
Findus had three birthdays a year, because it was more fun that way. And every birthday, Pettson made him a pile of pancakes.
Pancakes for Findus, Sven Nordqvist
This is a little bit of a 'bonus recipe' because sometimes you might feel (as I did) that you want to do something a little more interesting with your pancakes. I was also, in making this recipe, fulfilling the childhood dreams of my Swedish sister Anna, who, as a child, longed to try a pancake cake while looking over her mother Ingela's copy of Pannkakstårtan (Pancake Pie/Pancakes for Findus).
Findus, Pettson and the Pancake Cake in question
It's a hopelessly extravagant and gloriously sweet tower of joy - a batch of pancakes separated by whipped cream, jam and fruit and topped with meringue. The recipe below is merely a suggestion; feel free to adjust the fillings to suit your taste. Just remember, if you don't have a blowtorch, the filling will need to survive a searingly hot over for a few brief minutes.
Pancake Torte (Pannkakstårtan)
One batch Pancakes (there were 16 in our batch)
150g blueberry jam
150mL double cream
2 egg whites
4tbsp caster sugar
Electric hand whisk
Heatproof plate (if baking in the oven) or regular serving plate
Blowtorch (optional - though fun)
1. Place your batch of pancakes into the fridge to cool, or prepare them around half an hour before you need them and allow them to cool on the bench.
2. Chop the bananas into 1cm slices and beat the cream until soft peaks form.
3. Once all your ingredients are cool, start layering your cake. Lay a pancake on the plate, spread with jam, lay another pancake on top, spoon over some whipped cream, lay another pancake on top and top with slices of banana. Continue this until the you have one pancake left, placing it on top of the pile. If you don't have a blowtorch, turn your oven grill to 250C at this point.
4. Beat your egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with the electric whisk. Once the whites are light and foaming, add in the sugar, then beat until they reach stiff, shiny peaks. You should be able to hold the mixing bowl upside down over your head, but don't check unless you're really sure!
5. Spoon the meringue onto the top of the torte, making sure that you don't smooth it out too much. Fire up your blowtorch and brown the top of your meringue. Alternatively, pop the cake in the oven until the meringue is brown on top. Serve in large slices - it's a little messy if you serve straight away (though no less tasty) and will have firmed up really well by the time you return to it for a second wedge a couple of hours after constructing it.