What's with the surprise part?
Lots of things. Mom (or cook) doesn't have to stand and flip endless flapjacks. They only need 5 ingredients, plus toppings. They mix up in about 2 minutes, and after 15 minutes in the oven, they are surprisingly puffy and beautiful. The main surprise here is how much and how quickly my freakishly hungry kids can consume.
You need 1 - 9 inch glass pie plate for every 2-3 people, depending upon age and emptiness.
We serve these with maple syrup for those that are so inclined, but the preferred way to eat them is with lingonberries and powdered sugar. Lingonberries are very Scandinavian and so delicious! You may be able to find them in the jams and jellies section of your grocery store, otherwise a gourmet shop or Scandinavian shop will have them. They are small, deep red berries that all by themselves are extremely tart - think cranberry tartness. Thankfully, there's sugar in there, too. One of our favorite children's books "A New Coat For Anna" tells a story of a girl who needs a new coat, and wants it to be red, so they dye the wool with lingonberries!
But I digress.
Here's the recipe. Serve as you like with syrup, jam, powdered sugar, yum yum yum. I make a quadruple batch of this for our family of 8.
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
Beat eggs, milk and flour in a bowl until mostly smooth. A few lumps won't hurt. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place butter in a 9 inch glass pie plate and add to the oven for the last few minutes of heating - the butter should be melted and the pie plate hot. Remove from oven, pour in batter, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Carefully return pie plate to oven and bake for 15-17 minutes until puffy and deep golden. Cut into wedges and serve immediately with toppings!