I know I know, it should have been a picture of me eating pancakes! And I am sure that many such pictures exist, considering the amount of pancakes I ate as a child – I just haven´t found them yet.
But the fact is that I am part Dutch – my father is Dutch – and that might explain some of my passion for pancakes.
I grew up I Denmark, but we traveled a lot to the Netherlands when I was a child, and we never visited without eating pancakes (pannenkoeken) at least ones.
It was usually my grandfather baking them, and he would spend hours in the kitchen. All us kids would then consume an unrealistic amount of pancakes in a very short time – it never really seemed fair. But I sensed that he loved it, and it sure did bring a very big smile to all our faces.
Back then we had the hot meal in the middle of the day, and the pancakes where considered the main course. We always had soup first, and that would usually make us eat less of the main course, but never when pancakes where on the menu.
Dutch Pancakes are quite large, they are thicker than Danish pancakes, and you don´t roll them, but just get one pancake that fills the whole plate. They look like this.
We always had them with powdered sugar and a thick syrup (stroop), but they come in many variations with baked in apples, ham, cheese, banana etc.
I can reveal, that the theme of my next Afternoon Pancake event (April 12 th.) will be Dutch Pancakes – and I will visit Amsterdam this weekend to find inspiration for a good recipe, and to buy some of that special thick syrup that is a must have, when I serve them.
I will make sure to keep you posted on the trip and my findings!