Dutch Pancakes

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Dutch pancakes are not like American pancakes. They’re kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. French crêpes are thinner and usually a little bit bigger though. I’ve grown up with Dutch pancakes called ‘Pannenkoeken’ in Dutch. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner. But they’re also easily eaten for breakfast and lunch as well. They’re super easy to make, you typically eat them rolled up. Dutch pancakes can be made sweet or savory. My favorite savory version is with bacon. Today I’ll be sticking with a basic pancake recipe which you can adjust to your liking.

How To Make Dutch Pancakes

Dutch Pancake ingredients view from above

You’ll need flour, milk, eggs, a pinch of salt and some oil. Optionally you can add a little bit of sugar and cinnamon. Which is what I usually add when I make them. I use vanilla sugar. (A full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below).

 

Dutch pancakes process photos adding ingredients to bowl

Start by adding flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon to a bowl.

 

Dutch pancakes process photos. Photo of whisking dry ingredients in a bowl. Photo of eggs on dry ingredients in a bowl. Photo of milk being added to bowl of ingredients while whisking. Photo of hand blender in pancake batter.

Whisk the dry ingredients and make a little well in the middle. Add eggs and while whisking, add milk. Once all the milk has been added I usually switch to a hand blender to make sure there are no lumps in the batter.

 

Dutch pancakes process photos. Photo of oil being added to the pancake batter. Photo of hand blender mixing in the oil. Photo of whisk showing liquid batter. Photo of plastic wrap covering bowl with batter.

Add in the oil and mix it a little bit more to make sure all the oil is incorporated into the batter. You’ll end up with a liquid batter. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes.

 

Dutch pancakes process photos. Photo of ladle showing consistency of batter, Photo of butter in frying pan. Photo of ladle pouring batter into frying pan. Photo of tilting frying pan with pancake batter.

After 30 minutes you’ll see the batter has thickened a little bit. Now it’s time to start baking, add a some butter to a frying pan. Add just enough batter to the pan to cover the bottom. I like to use a ladle and tilt the pan while pouring the batter into the pan. You don’t want a thick pancake. Only add more batter if after tilting the pan you don’t have enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.

 

Dutch pancakes process photos: Two photo's of pancake drying in pan. Two photo's of pancake browned on both sides.

You will start to see the batter dry up in the pan as you’re baking the pancake. Once the batter is dry, you can flip the pancake and bake it for another minute. Once the pancake has some nice golden spots on both sides the pancake is ready to serve.

 

Dutch pancake shot from above with syrup swirled on top.

Serve the pancake hot or cold with syrup, sugar or any other topping of your choosing.

 

Dutch pancake rolled up on a plate, cut in half.

Dutch pancakes are typically eaten rolled up. Put your favorite topping on the pancake, roll it up and eat up, either use your hands or use a fork and knife to cut and eat the rolled up pancake.

Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner. #dutchfood #dutchrecipe

These pancakes are delicious I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner. #dutchfood #dutchrecipe
Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner. #dutchfood #dutchrecipe

 

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Dutch Pancakes
Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner.
Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner.
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Rating: 4.42
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Type Basics
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Pancake Batter
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Type Basics
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Pancake Batter
Other tools
Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are kind of a cross between an American pancake and a French crêpe. In the Netherlands pancakes are often eaten for dinner.
Votes: 12
Rating: 4.42
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Make a little well in the middle and add the eggs and while whisking, add milk.
  2. Switch to using a hand blender and mix. Add the oil and mix till you've got a smooth batter. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Put a frying pan on the stove at medium heat and add butter to a pan. Using a ladle, pour pancake batter into the pan. While pouring the batter, make sure you tilt the pan so you'll cover the entire bottom of the pan and get a thin pancake.
  4. When the pancake starts to dry out on top the pancake can be flipped. Bake the pancake till golden on both sides.
  5. Continue baking pancakes till the batter is finished.
  6. Serve the pancakes hot or cold with any topping of your choosing. Put the topping on the pancake, roll it up and it's ready to be eaten.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • Cinnamon and sugar in this recipe are optional.
  • The oil in this recipe will help prevent the pancake from sticking to the pan
  • If you don't have the time to let the batter rest 30 minutes you can bake the pancakes immediately after making the batter. Best results however is after waiting at least 30 minutes.

2 comments

  1. Elainel Morel
    16 July 2018

    This was amazing 😉 I will now make thousands of pancakes 🥞!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. 20 July 2018

      Awesome 😀 I’m happy to hear you enjoyed them and will make them more often 🙂

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