Dutch Food: Pancakes

Our boys always look forward to eating pancakes (pannenkoeken) when we’re in the Netherlands. They are not like American pancakes. For one thing, they are GIANT! As big as a plate! And they are much thinner.

Dutch pancakes can be sweet (soet) or savory (hartig). The boys always get nutella on their pancakes. And if it’s not on the menu, they go for plain (natuurlijk) with powdered sugar. I almost always have strawberries and cream, which is usually only available in season. Good thing we’re here in season! I’ve been trying out apple with cinnamon sugar, but it kind of depends on the place. I prefer it when the apples are in small pieces, as opposed to the big ring slices (see image below). I don’t choose the hearty pancakes, because the pancake itself has a touch of sweetness to it, so mixing it with cheese and/or meats doesn’t taste quite right to me.

Sometimes the pancakes are made in numerous individual pans on a large stove. But most often, they are individually baked in a special circulating oven (see image below). The batter goes in the pans as they slowly turn, like on a turntable. As they go through the oven, they are baked from above and below. So clever!

So where do you get these Dutch treats? Well, first of all, they are not for breakfast! You eat them for lunch or dinner. You can go to a pannenkoekenhuis – a pancake house, such as Hans & Grietje. And there are chains, like Dickens or De Pannekoekenbakker. We’ve only been to one of each, so I don’t know how they differ from place to place. Personally, I prefer Dickens. It just more like homemade. You can always do a quick Google search to find out what’s near you, too!

You can also find pannenkoeken at touristy places like Zaanse Schans or attractions for kids, such as the Efteling.

Wherever you go to get them, don’t miss out on this Dutch treat – whether you have kids or you’re just on your own!

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