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Introduced over 70 years ago! Why our Cast Aluminum Pancake Pans are Still a Breakfast Favorite

Did you know? Cast pancake pans were one of the original items that Nordic Ware introduced, over 70 years ago. The original “Platte Panne” pan was a Swedish style pancake pan for thin, melt in your mouth pancakes. This simple seven cavity design was made of cast aluminum and is still in our collection today! 

Our founder, Dotty Dalquist, developed traditional recipes in the 50’s in her home kitchen.  She developed traditional recipes with our original “Platte Panne” pan that still works so nicely with our pancake pans. These recipes include Platter, Old Fashioned Platter and Blueberry Pancakes- see image below from our “Old World Recipe Book:”

Since those early years, we have added more unique designs to this collection to make detailed pancakes for any occasion! Some of our current designs include holiday-themed pans, smiley faces, animals and more. The pans are still made in the USA and are made of heavy cast aluminum to make perfectly browned pancakes. Their premium nonstick surface makes cleanup easy too! 

Our newest addition to our Pancake Pan Collection is our Patterns Pancake Pan, just announced in 2023! This pan creates seven unique, perfectly round pancakes at once in fun geometric patterns. Just pour your favorite batter into the circles, flip, serve, and enjoy. Designs capture butter, syrup, jam, honey, fruit, whipped cream and imaginations 

Our pancake pans are so easy to use and are a great idea to make with kids for a fun breakfast in the morning! Watch our full how-to video here or follow these easy steps below: 

  • Preheat pancake pan on medium heat on the stovetop. Safe to use on ceramic, gas or electric stovetops. 
  • Grease cavities with butter or baking spray. Use a pastry brush to spread to all of the designs. 
  • Fill cavities with your favorite pancake batter. TIP: Leave one design open every time you fill. This will make flipping easier. 
  • Cook until bubbles stop forming and indicate it’s time to flip. Edges will begin to brown slightly as well. 
  • Flip pancakes into the open wells. Once done cooking on the other side, remove pancakes from pan. 
  • Repeat steps above with remaining batter. You may only need to grease the pan one other time. 
  • Add syrup and other toppings and enjoy! Fun, decorative pancakes in no time! 

Use any store-bought pancake mix and your favorite homemade recipe. Check our website here for pancake recipe ideas to add to your breakfast routine. Or make one of Dotty’s classic recipes below. They are still a favorite for us today! 

Recipes from our “Old World Recipe Book” from the 1950’s

Old- Fashioned Platter

Lingonberry jam on top of stacked pancakes.


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted


Mix batter a few hours before using. Let stand in a slightly cool place.

Beat egg yolks with sugar, salt and melted butter. Stir in flour and milk. When ready to use, add the well beaten egg whites from separated eggs.

Preheat pancake pan on medium heat and add a little butter in each cavity of pan. Spoon batter into each and cook each side until browned. Serve with traditional lingonberry preserves or cranberries.

Platter (A Scandinavian Pancake Delicacy)


  • ¼ cup coffee creamer
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted


Ina medium bowl, beat the eggs slightly and add the milk and cream. Mix until well-blended, then mix in sifted mixture of flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add the melted butter last.

Preheat Silver Dollar (Platte Panna Pan) on medium heat and grease cavities with butter. Cook on stovetop until golden brown. Serve with jelly or syrup. Makes about 25-30 pancakes.

Blueberry Pancakes


  • 2 ¼ cups flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 quart blueberries, cleaned and drained
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


Sift flour and all dry ingredients together. Mix in egg yolks and add with milk. Add blueberries. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Preheat Platte Panna or other pancake pan and grease cavities with butter. Pour batter cavities when ready and flip until done.