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 . . .
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings
Apple Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancake)
A Dutch pancake that puffs as it bakes.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- powdered sugar (optional)
- 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
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!")