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Savory Dutch Pancakes – Pannekoeken with Speck

Savory Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken) are satisfying for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. This is not a “dutch baby” puffy pancake. Keep reading to find out how to make a true Dutch Pancake.

a Savory Dutch Pancake, pannekoeken, with speck and gouda.

These Savory Dutch Pancakes are are not the same as the “dutch baby” pancakes that are all over the internet. A “dutch baby” is a pancake that you bake in a cast iron skillet. It puffs up, then collapses when it comes out of the oven.

According to Wikipedia, “dutch baby” pancakes were popularized in the US in the early 20th century. It’s based on a German recipe (Deutsch, not Dutch!). 

Although dutch babies are delicious, they are not what I’m writing about today.

Dutch Pancakes, or Pannekoeken, are from Holland!

Pannekoeken are true Dutch pancakes. Dutch as in from Holland or The Netherlands.

My husband is Dutch and we’ve been visiting Holland together for more than 30 years. Every trip to Holland includes at least one meal at a Pannekoekehuis (Pancake house).

How to Make Savory Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken)

  • This recipe is based on one I found in an old Dutch cookbook. The book has recipes for several styles of pancake.
  • Some recipes are made with yeast and a thick batter and some are more like a crepe with no leavening and melted butter in the batter.
  • I adapted the recipe that seems closest to the type of pancake we like. We like the more crepe-like thin pancakes. You can eat them plain, or with savory or sweet toppings.
  • I love the savory version topped with “spek” (smoked proscuitto) and cheese.
  • To make sweet pancakes top them with sauteed apples or any fruit of your choice.
  • When our kids were young they loved pancakes topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, or “stroop” (Dutch syrup).

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken):

flour, butter and milk in a bowl

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the middle, add the eggs and half the milk.


adding milk to dutch pancake batter in a deep bowl

Add the remaining milk slowly to avoid lumps


whisking dutch pancake batter in a bowl

The batter should be looser than a regular pancake batter, more like a crepe batter.


a pancake in a pan with pieces of bacon on top

Place pieces of speck or bacon on top of the pancake.


a large dutch pancake in a pan, browned side up

Once the top side of the pancake is set, flip it over and allow the speck to brown. Flip it back over and add the cheese.

a savory Dutch Pancake with Speck and Gouda on a plate

Rolled Savory Dutch Pancakes with speck and gouda cheese on a plate with a knife and fork

A bite of savory Dutch Pancake with speck and Gouda cheese on the end of a fork

a Sweet Dutch Pancake with sauteed cinnamon apples on top.

You can make a Sweet Pannekekoek with sauteed apples or the fruit of your choice. Serve with syrup or Dutch Stroop.

Roll them up and enjoy. Personally, I like the speck and cheese pancakes with a little maple syrup. Sorry, it’s the American in me. I just love my maple syrup!

If you appreciate this authentic Dutch recipe, you should check out my recipe for Dutch Apple Tart (Appeltaart).

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a Savory Dutch Pancake on a plate

Savory Dutch Pancakes - Pannekoeken

Yield: 6-8 large pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Savory Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken) are satisfying for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups (8.5 oz, 240g) all purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons (7g) baking powder
  • 1.25 teaspoons salt (7 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (16oz, 480ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz, 56g) butter
  • 4 oz (112g) speck (smoked proscuitto) or bacon of your choice (see note)
  • 4 oz (112g) young Gouda cheese or cheese of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the egg and half the milk to the well. Mix until the ingredients are combined. Slowly add the remaining milk. The texture should be like a thin pancake or crepe batter.
  2. Heat a large (12") non-stick skillet over medium. Melt a teaspoon of butter and swirl to coat the pan. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into the pan and swirl to create a large thin pancake that covers the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place several slices of the speck or bacon over the top of the pancake. Cook until the top of the pancake is set. Flip the pancake over and cook until that side is browned.
  4. Flip back over so the speck is on top. Add a few slices of cheese, cover and allow the cheese to melt.
  5. Serve hot or hold in a warm oven while you make the remaining pancakes

Notes

Speck is a smoked proscuitto. If you use American bacon you'll need to cook it before making the pancakes.

You can also make sweet Dutch pancakes by adding sauteed apples, raisins or the fruit of your choice. Serve sweet pancakes with syrup or Dutch Stroop.

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Kyle

Friday 1st of January 2021

Had these for dinner last night and they were amazing. Thanks!! I might reduce the salt a little the next time, as the prosciutto added salt too, and it seemed a little high (always a personal thing with salt!). Also thanks for listing the weights of the ingredients; not nearly enough recipes use weight, but when they do, that's always my preferred way to measure. Happy New Year!

JoHeide

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Thanks for the clear and easy instructions. Next best thing to visiting the "old country"!

Jonathan Tupper

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

For your flour amount, 4 oz is NOT 250 g. In no known universe is that accurate. 4 oz is 113.4 g. Conversely 250 g is 8.8 oz

Eileen Gray

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Wow, why so aggressive? It was a typo and has been fixed.

alison

Saturday 3rd of March 2018

This is an amazing recipe! I recently visited Amsterdam and was inspired to make these lovely pancakes. Your recipe has exceeded my expectations and my daughter demands these on a regular basis. This recipe is simple, authentic, and so so tasty! Yay!

Eileen Gray

Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Thanks!!

Charis

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Thank you so much for this! Great post! The pictures were really useful for knowing what colour they were supposed to be. Troubleshooted a few little things i'd been consistently making mistakes on whilst trying to recreate Dutch pancakes (i'm from the UK). Mainly to cook it until the top was completely set (i'd kept trying to flip too early in my previous attempts), and to put the meat on top of the uncooked side of the pancake (i'd been cooking one side, flipping, adding ham and cheese whilst browning the other side).

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Thanks, Charis. I'm so glad the photos were helpful. Enjoy!!