Afternoon Pancakes #2 – I confess to an egg.

Actually I confess to two eggs! Afternoon Pancakes was once again a pleasure – friends and pancakes are a combination that just can´t go wrong.

I do however confess to “pimping” the recipe with two eggs…

When I did a trial run on Friday, I found that the pancakes needed a little extra, when served “plain”, which means without anything cooked into them. So I simply added 2 eggs. It did the trick!

Baking these Dutch pancakes was a bit different, because of the fresh yeast that goes into them. It was fun to try, and worked great. Amazing to watch the yeast bubble in less than 10 minutes. Just look at this;

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I made 2,5 times the recipe for 7 people. There was 2 pancakes left over (no one held back), and Katrine got those to take home to her boyfriend, so that she wouldn´t have to bake her self.

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None of my guests had ever tried Dutch Pancakes before. They all liked them, and the syrup (stroop) and powdered sugar where a hit.

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If you haven´t tried the recipe yet, I recommend you invite good friends and try them soon. With or without the eggs..

Recipe Traditional Dutch Pancakes

This Sunday I will host the second Afternoon Pancake event, and the theme is Dutch Pancakes (Pannenkoeken). Please join me, and try this traditional recipe (Danish version below):

Ingredients

– 400g wheat flour

– 1 tsp salt

– 15g fresh yeast, or 5g dry yeast

– 750ml lukewarm milk

– 1 tsp sugar

– Butter

Directions

  1. Sift the flour and salt over a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, let the yeast dissolve in some of the milk, and add the sugar. Let the bowl sit at room temperature until bubbles form, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Make a well in the flour and add the yeast mixture. Using a hand mixer, stir until there are no more lumps.
  4. Add the remaining milk, little by little.
  5. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  6. Melt 1/2 tsp butter in a pan. When the butter is sizzling, hold the pan at an angle with one hand and pour the batter into the pan with the other. Move the pan slowly in a circular movement to evenly distribute the batter. The pancake should be thicker than a crêpe.
  7. Once the surface is no longer wet and the bottom is browned, flip the pancake.
  8. For plain pannenkoeken, let the pancake finish cooking until golden brown, approximately 20 seconds, and serve with stroop (thick syrup) and powdered sugar. For pannenkoeken with additional ingredients (savory or sweet), turn off the heat, add your ingredients (foods that need little cooking such as cheese should be added first and foods that need more cooking such as bacon and mushrooms should be added last), and spread about a spoonful of batter on top. Turn the heat back up. Once the bottom side is browned, flip the pancake again, and cook until done.       

Suggested Variations

  • Apple slices, cinnamon
  • Raisins, butter
  • Banana, whipping cream
  • Mixed fruits, whipping cream
  • Rum, whipping cream
  • Ham, cheese, onion
  • Ham, bacon, cheese, mushrooms, onions
  • Cheese, eggs

Danish version below this great picture:

Pannenkoeken

Hollandske Pandekager — Pannenkoeken

Ingredienser

– 400g hvedemel

– 1 tsk salt

– 15g frisk gær eller 5g tørgær

– 750ml lunken mælk

– 1 tsk sukker

– Smør

Fremgangsmåde

  1. Si mel og salt over en røreskål.
  2. Opløs gæren i lidt af mælken i en anden skål og tilsæt sukker. Lad skålen stå ved stuetemperatur, indtil der er bobler på overfladen, ca. 10 minutter.
  3. Lav en brønd i midten af melet  og tilsæt gæropløsningen. Blend dejen med en håndmixer til alle klumper er væk.
  4. Tilsæt resten af mælken, lidt efter lidt.
  5. Lad dejen stå ved stuetemperatur i en times tid.
  6. Smelt 1/2 tsk smør på en pande. Når smørret er smeltet tiltes panden med den ene hånd mens dejen hældes på panden med den anden. Bevæg panden langsomt i en cirkelbevægelse for at fordele dejen. Pandekagen bør være en del tykkere end en crêpe.
  7. Vend pandekagen, når overfladen ikke længere er våd og bunden gylden.
  8. Hvis du ønsker en neutral pandekage bages den indtil den er gylden på undersiden, ca. 20 sekunder. Pandekagen serveres med stroop (tyk sirup) og flormelis. Hvis du ønsker at lave en pandekage med fyld, skal du slukke for pladen, hvorefter du kan tilsætte de ekstra ingredienser (ingredienser der ikke behøver at blive stegt længe som f.eks. ost bør tilsættes først og ingredienser der har brug for længere tid som f.eks. bacon og champignoner bør tilsættes til sidst), og fordele en skefuld dej over. Tænd for pladen igen. Når bunden er gylden, vendes pandekagen forsigtigt og bages indtil den er færdig.

Velbekomme!

Pancaking around Amsterdam – The Aftermath

A great taste of pancakes, a new steel pan, syrup and sugar was what I took back home from Amsterdam.

I had a great weekend, and truly enjoyed the city as well as the pancakes and the shopping.

Amsterdam is an amazing city, and Sunday morning the sun was shining, and I had a chance to just walk the streets by the canals and take it all in. If you have never been – I suggest you put this city in your list!

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I now have a new pan, and the sugar and syrup I need for the next Afternoon Pancake event. The pan is stainless steel, and I am excited to try it out. Traditionally the Dutch use a cast iron pan, but this pan is a bit lighter, and the woman in the shop promised me, that it would be at least as good as the cast iron one. I asked her, what she would recommend, and this is what she suggested.

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Back home I found a very old dutch cookbook Wannée Kookboek from the Amsterdam Housekeeping School to give inspiration to a good Dutch Pancake recipe. I think that it belonged to my Dutch grandfather, and it looks as if it has been used quite a lot. I take that as a good sign!

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I will make sure you get the new recipe in time to join me on April 12.

Pancaking around Amsterdam #2

Would you wait in line outside for the best pancakes in Amsterdam?

I did! And it was absolutely worth the wait.

Before leaving for Amsterdam I did a little research on the Internet to find out, where to go for the good pancakes in Amsterdam.

One place in particular showed up in my search The Pancake Bakery.

Not only does it have a Wall of Fame with visitors like Alicia Keys, Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus, they also have almost 2.000 likes on their Facebook page, and more than 10.000 visitors. AND they have the domain www.pancake.nl

Reservations at this place is only possible for parties of 6 or more people – so me, myself and I just had to show up, and wait in line, as it turned out.

The weather in Amsterdam was lovely today – sun was shining, no wind and about 8 degrees Celsius. So waiting in line was fine, and I had good company with two groups of Americans who had never had Dutch pancakes before.

I could write a at least a post or two in how I find waiting in line to be kind of a blessing. I will one day, but for now just trust, that it was a pleasure.

The Pancake Bakery is a great place, and the service was a pleasure. Most impressive was the cook sweating in the kitchen swinging the heavy cast iron pans around and flipping the pancakes.

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Almost a type of Pancake baking CrossFit exercise!

Since I had pancakes with apple and cinnamon yesterday (#1) I decided to go for the Plain pancake today.

Just plain and simple.

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Add a little of the thick syrup.

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And some powdered sugar.

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And what a treat it was!

Tomorrow I promise to do a follow up post about Pancaking around Amsterdam, and also share with you what type of pan I decided to bring back home for the next Afternoon Pancake event on April 12.

Dutch genes and passion for Pancakes

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.

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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!

Let me tell you about Katrine

Katrine is really the essence of Awareness Compassion Pancakes.

I know a lot of wonderful people, and Katrine stands out as one of the most aware, compassionate and pancake loving of them all.

I met Katrine many years ago, she was a student of mine, and she worked at my company for a couple of years.

Even at a very young age, she amazed me with her level of awareness and always positive attitude. She has her own strong believes – and at the same time she is incredibly unprejudiced. Something that is rarely seen.

With Katrine “what you see is what you get” – and WOW you get a lot.

Katrine is a master of self-compassion and compassion for others, and I think, that her ability for both is what makes her a great therapist. Katrine runs her own business and offers reflexology, massage and acupuncture as some of her services.

No no – I am not forgetting the pancakes!

At my Afternoon Pancakes #1 Katrine was the one who ate the most – and with the biggest smile!

When she came home that night, her boyfriend was a little jealous of all the pancakes she had had, so what did she do? Well, she baked the family pancakes of course!

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Just the other day she posted this picture on my Facebook page. Do you see the heart?

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I am grateful to know Katrine. I don´t see her as much as I would like, but whenever I think of her it brings a smile to my face.

You can learn more about Katrine HERE