Savory Dutch Pancakes 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.
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 Pannekoeken are from Holland!
These 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. One of my favorite cities in Holland, Gouda, is a medieval city famous for it’s beautiful central square, Gouda Cheese, clay pipes and Stroopwafels. Is it any wonder it’s one of my favorite places in Holland? When our kids still traveled with us, every trip to Gouda included a meal at our favorite pannekoeken huis.
As the name implies, a “pannekoeken huis” is a restaurant that specializes in pancakes. Our favorite pannekoeken huis in Gouda was behind St. John’s Church (Sint Janskirk). To get to the restaurant we crossed over a quaint canal bridge. The first time we visited the pannekoeken huis I took a photo of the kids on the pretty bridge. They’re toddlers in that photo. I took that same photo every time we visited Gouda. Fast forward to the last photo on the bridge – they’re 18 and 20 years old. Sadly, by that time the restaurant was closed. I made them pose for the photo anyway, annoying mom that I am!
How to Make Savory Dutch Pancakes
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. 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).
It’s a super easy recipe to make. Click through the slider to see step by step photos:
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!