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
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).
Start by adding flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon to a bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serve the pancake hot or cold with syrup, sugar or any other topping of your choosing.
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.
These pancakes are delicious I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.