Baking tips and inspiration from the world of Astrid Lindgren.

Baking with Astrid Lindgren

Pancakes, cinnamon buns, sugar buns and cheesecake – Astrid Lindgren's stories are teeming with pastries of all kinds. On this page, we have gathered recipes, story tips, fun quotes, and suitable products from Astrid's fairytale worlds – all to inspire creative moments in the kitchen. Enjoy reading!

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Pippi's pancakes

'Mixy-mixy, pancake-ixy

Bakey-bakey, pancake-makey

Take your seaty, pancake-eaty'

She took out three eggs and threw them high into the air. One dropped on her head and broke, and the egg yolk dripped into her eyes. But she expertly caught the others in a saucepan where they cracked open.

‘Well, they say egg yolk is good for your hair,’ Pippi said, wiping her eyes. ‘You watch, it’ll come sprouting out of my head now. In Brazil, by the way, everyone walks around with egg in their hair, and of course you never see a bald head anywhere. There was only one man silly enough to eat up all his eggs instead of putting them on his head. And do you know what? He went bald, as expected. And whenever he set foot outside there was such a hullabaloo the police had to be called for.’

While she had been speaking Pippi had very handily scooped all the pieces of egg shell out of the saucepan with her fingers. Then she took a long-handled scrubbing brush from its hook on the wall and began whisking the pancake batter so fast it splashed all over the walls. Finally she poured what was left into a pancake pan that was heating on the stove. When the pancake was cooked on one side she tossed it half-way to the ceiling and caught it in the pan again, and when it was ready she threw it right across the kitchen and onto a plate that was waiting on the table.

‘Eat!’ she shouted. ‘Eat, before it gets cold!’

Tommy and Annika ate and thought it was a very delicious pancake.

Translation: Susan Beard

Pippi Långstrump kokbok,  recept från villa villekulla och dom sju haven

Pippi's pancake recipe

16 pancakes

-2 large eggs or 3 small ones
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 tablespoon granulated sugar
-6 dl milk (3%)
-3 dl all-purpose flour
-3 tablespoons melted butter + extra butter for frying
-mixing bowl, measuring cups, whisk, frying pan, spatula, plate

Here's how to do it:

  • Crack the eggs into the mixing bowl. Add salt and sugar. Whisk together.

  • Pour in 2 dl of milk and then whisk in the flour. Whisk until the batter is completely smooth and without lumps.

  • Whisk in the remaining milk. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the frying pan and pour it into the batter.

  • Add a new dollop of butter to the frying pan. When it starts sizzling, it's time to cook the pancakes.

  • Take about 0.5 dl of batter and pour it into the pan. Tilt the pan so that the batter covers the entire bottom.

  • When the top is firm and glossy, it's time to flip with a spatula.

  • Fry the other side of the pancake for about 1 minute. When it's golden brown, transfer it to a plate and continue with the next pancake. Add a little more butter to the pan as needed.

  • Eat with jam or a little sugar.


‘There’s a time for everything,’ Emil’s mother said sagely. ‘There’s a time for the catechism, and there’s a time for cheesecake.’

from Emil's Clever Pig

Lisa's sponge cake

‘Oh Mum, everything is so boring,’ I said.
‘Is it?’ said Mum. ‘I hadn’t noticed.’
‘Yes, because all it does is rain and rain,’ I said. ‘I don’t know what to do.’
‘If I were you I would bake a sponge cake,’ said Mum.
Mum said that exactly as if I knew how to bake a sponge cake. But I didn’t. That is, I had never tried. But guess what! I made a sponge cake all by myself, and very good it was too. Although Mum told me what to do, of course. This is what I did.

First I whisked together two eggs and two coffee cups of sugar in a bowl. I whisked for a long time, and that was fun. Then I melted a big lump of butter in a saucepan and mixed it into the frothy mixture. Then I put in flour and milk. I don’t remember exactly how much. I also put in grated lemon peel and baking powder.

While I was making the cake I wore a large white apron and white head scarf. Oh, how exciting it was when Mum took my cake out of the oven! She tipped it out onto a clean tea towel and it was all light brown and spongy. I had no idea I was so good at making sponge cakes. Mum thought I should take some of my cake and some squash up to Lasse and Bosse. So I did. That made them very glad. And very surprised too, when I told them it was me who had made the cake.

Translation: Susan Beard

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Food in Astrid Lindgren's books

Pippi's pancakes, Karlsson's meatballs, Mardies picnic basket... Astrid's books are full of food! This quiz in Swedish is about this topic.

Famous pastries in Astrid Lindgren's stories

  • Abbe's sugar buns

  • Lisa's sponge cake

  • Tjorven's cream gateau

  • Miss Bock's cinnamon buns

  • Mio's bread that satisfies hunger

  • Emil's mother Alma's cheesecake

  • Pippi's pancakes