Saturday, August 13, 2011

Apple Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancake)


Back in college my roommate and best friend Mary worked as a waitress at a restaurant called Pannekoeken.  The specialty of the restaurant was of course the Dutch pancake, the pannekoeken, which was served in a special way.  Because this pancake is best served hot out of the oven, the waitresses were to quickly take the pannekoeken to the table as soon as they were ready.  They were to literally run it right out to the table!  And to make sure no one was in the way they yelled, “Pannekoeken!” as they ran.  Of course some waitresses took the pannekoeken deliveries more seriously than others.  And I have to say Mary delivered her pannekoekens with real style.  On one occasion Mary’s boyfriend (now her husband) and I decided to pay her a visit while she was working and order pannekoeken.  I will never forget Mary running the pannekoeken out to our table!  Unfortunately the Pannekoeken restaurant franchise is long gone, but I understand there are still some independent Pannekoeken Restaurants around.


I have no idea if this recipe is authentic Dutch pannekoeken or not, but it is easy to make and tastes great.  It is also fun to watch it puff up as it bakes.  I have only made pannekoeken a few of times, but it has never puffed up quite as high as it did this time.  Pannekoeken can be served with all different kinds of toppings—apples, berries, bacon, syrup, or just sprinkled with powdered sugar.  I decided to make mine with apple topping.  Pannekoeken!  Now I am going to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy my pannekoeken as I reminisce about my college days . . . 

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Apple Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancake)
A Dutch pancake that puffs as it bakes.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar (optional)
          For Topping
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions
1. Make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven, then put butter into an oven-safe skillet or pie plate, place into the oven, and preheat 425°F.2. While waiting for the butter to melt, prepare your batter by beating the eggs in a large bowl; add the salt, milk, and flour and continue to beat until smooth.3. When butter is melted, remove skillet or pie plate and tilt to coat with butter, then carefully pour in the egg mixture.4. Bake for about 15-18 minutes without opening the oven door. (The pannekoeken will puff as it bakes and is ready when it is browned and crisp around the edges.)5. To make the apple topping, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.6. Add the apples to the bowl and mix gently to coat; set aside. 7. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.8. Add the apple mixture and cook over medium heat until the apples are tender.9. Carefully spoon apple topping over hot pannekoeken, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired, cut into wedges, and serve immediately. (Don't forget to yell "Pannekoeken!")

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Updated

August 13 2011

25 comments:

  1. I love it! Just reading about the apple filling made my mouth water.

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  2. This looks wonderful..... I have never seen one look this tasty.

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  3. This sounds so good, my mouth is watering! I love the flavor combinations and your story is great. It looks awesome!

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  4. Gorgeous pancake! I'm sorry I never got to experience the race to the table with one of these! Buzzed :)

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  5. I really loved your story, and the photography is great! What a fun presentation...I'm going to yell "Pannekoeken" when I serve it! Thanks for the thorough instructions, which I always appreciate. This recipe is definitely a special treat!

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  6. Oh my, this looks wonderful, thank you! Your photo really drew me in and the recipe itself is something I can handle! "Pannekoeken" here I come :-)

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  7. Beautiful and filled with those tasty apples....nom!

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  8. This was a delightful post! Yours did puff up tall, beautiful!

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  9. Oh, how lovely! I love the filling of those caramelly apples....mmmmmm.

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  10. This pancake looks sensational. I love these dutch babies...so light and puffy. And the apples all warm and sweet and gooey! A great weekend breakfast or brunch! : )

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  11. This looks amazing! I would want someone to yell and deliver it to me as well....

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  12. Well this is a funny looking thing. But it also looks delicious, never had one of these before.

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  13. This looks terrific! Must make it for my husband too.

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  14. This is more like a breakfast dessert and it looks great!

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  15. DEEELICIOUS (and just love the photos). And what a treat to have the sugar dough as an extra to dip in the caramel apple goo!

    But the idea of a bacon Pannekoeken really has me thinking
    Great post!

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  16. This would be a great dessert OR brunch item! LOVE it! :D

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  17. Ohh how fun! I want to go this restaurant and hear "Pannekoeken!" I'm not a baker but you convinced me that I want to try this. I mean it looks beautiful and I've been always wanting to try dutch pancake...It looks easy (I truly hope) and I bookmarked. Need to get some apples first.

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  18. Oh my heavens, this looks amazing and the ingredients are heavenly. I've never heard of this before but can't wait to try it. It certainly sounds like a lively restaurant, too bad it's closed!

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  19. Love the rustic look of this it's just mouthwatering. Have to try to make this. Looks like a perfect Sunday breakfast... then back to bed for a nap with pannekoeken warm in the tummy!

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  20. there is alot of them still around in minnesota saint louis park is the one i go to every sunday for breakfast. they still call out pannekoeken in delivery. they however do not taste the way they used to this recipe is much closer thank you very much for bringing me back!!!!

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  21. When my mother and I visited my son in Rochester MN we went to breakfast and ordered these "Dutch Babies". The waitresses did indeed announce delivery and ran them to the table. They were delicious. Now that we are back in Texas we are going to bake our own! We will draw straws to see who gets to "announce delivery"!

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  22. I want to prepare it. My husband loves when I cook something new!
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  23. When growing up in MN we too would go to the Pannekoeken Huis for sunday breakfast. This recipe yielded a product pretty close to what I remembered having as a child. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  24. i made one today! it looks bomb! can't wait to serve it!

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