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23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
works great, maybe too specializedNov 08, 2010
By not really saying
I picked up this pan on a bit of a whim. I don't make a lot of swedish pancakes, or any type really, and honestly I'm not usually too concerned about how perfectly round my food is. I am a big fan of cast iron cookware so don't expect one of those, "I soaked it in the sink and it left rust stains," angry iron-neophyte reviews. The pan came unseasoned but I gave it a quick scrub, did a quick stovetop seasoning, and had zero problems with sticking or anything else.
I have cast iron cookware from Lodge and a few other makers and this is as good. Pre-seasoning might have been nice but seasoning a pan isn't actually hard. The quality of the pan is higher than the packaging by a mile. They spell "plett" three different ways and managed to miscount the number of depressions when describing the pan. None of that really matters but it's good for a laugh.
The included recipe will be useful if you aren't familiar with Swedish pancakes. It's similar to a crepe recipe and produces a nice thin batter that loves to spread out. You can find other (better) recipes online. I would probably go with more egg and less flour. Traditionalists would also go for more fat. The pan would also work fine for savory pancakes and perhaps other less pancake-like dishes. The dwells are 7 centimeters in diameter -- a shade under 3 inches -- and quite shallow. Amazon's product description says you could make cornbread with this pan but I don't see it. Not conventional American cornbread anyway. You could use it for creative hors d'oeurves if you were minded.
The main trick to using this pan was to give the outer ring of pancakes a half-turn about mid-way through cooking to give more even browning. That might not be necessary depending on your heat source. I used a bamboo skewer to chase the edge of the pancake/make sure it wasn't sticking, then to spin each cake around. If you've seen someone making ebelskivers (there are videos online) you will know where I got the idea. Flipping the cakes took a bit of fiddling at first but wasn't actually difficult.
The main thing that keeps me from giving this five stars is that it's so specialized. It's nice, and at $15 or $16 it's not expensive, but you can do the same job with a griddle or skillet. If you want perfectly round little cakes get yourself some egg/pancake rings -- you'll save a few bucks and probably take up less storage space. On the other hand, if you have plenty of space and a love for specialized cast iron cookware, add a star.
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Only thing that would make it better is to have it come pre-seasonedApr 08, 2010
By Amazon Customer
This is a typical plett pan - each well is about 1/4" and it can hold exactly 1 tablespoon of liquid. Swedish pancakes are small, thin, and light. The recipe that arrived with it was wonderful. After seasoning I had a few sticking issues with the first two batches, but after that it was perfect.
22 of 28 found the following review helpful:
very poor qualityJan 22, 2008
By Karen Cruise
I took the pan out of its box and immediately noticed that the 7 pancake holes were not straight sided like usual. The holes were very shallow. I held the pan by the handle and turned it over to look at the bottom. The "cast iron" handle snapped off and the pan fell to the floor. Back it goes!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
God morgonDec 21, 2011
Best deal around. This cast iron "seasoned" quickly and cooks up swedish pancakes just like Grandma's! I advise buying two at a time, cause no one eats just seven!!
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
warpedSep 30, 2013
By Martha Beale
Disappointed. I have made a zillion plattar (Swedish pancakes) with my own pan but was buying this as a gift for my niece. However, the bottom was warped by a quarter inch on one side so it didn't "sit" level on my countertop. I put it back into the box and it's being shipped back. So unfortunate. Wish Norpro were checking QC in Taiwan. Other than the warp, the material/quality/feel was spot on. Gave them three stars to cut them a break as maybe the warp was an aberration.
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