The world’s best pancakes – Pannekoeken!

My Dutch brother-in-law taught us to make and enjoy authentic Pannekoeken, and it will be very hard to go back to regular pancakes. These are INCREDIBLY good! No baking powder, just eggs, butter, buttermilk, flour, apples and bacon — yum!!


The smell of this pancake is DIVINE!



The recipe is based on a favorite from the Cook’s Illustrated Best Recipe cookbook, minus the leavening agents (following proportions serve 2, double for 4 servings):


1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter milk

3/4 c regular milk

1 large egg, separated

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced into thin slices

4 slices of bacon, fried until soft but not quite crisp, drained (optional)


1. Whisk dry ingredients in medium bowl. Pour buttermilk and milk into 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk egg white into milk mixture. Mix yolk with melted butter, then stir into milk mixture. Dump wet ingredients into dry ingredients all at once, whisk until smooth.

2. Meanwhile, heat griddle or large skillet over high (400 degree) heat. Brush griddle generously with oil and a half-pat of unsalted butter. If using bacon, place two whole slices in the middle of pan, not touching each other. Ladle pancake batter over bacon, enough to fill up the bottom surface of the pan. You are going to cook one LARGE pancake at a time, there will be no room for a second pancake in the pan. Then add half of the apple slices to the batter, arranging evenly around the bacon. Ladle additional batter sparingly over the apple slices.

Allow batter to cook and set up for about 2 1/2 – to – 3 minutes, then with spatula cut the pancake in half. This makes the large cake easier to turn. The bottom should be dark brown and crispy, nearly burned. Flip each half, and allow the second side to cook until done to the same degree.

Remove each half of the pancake to a separate plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar and eat immediately! Then repeat above cooking steps for the remainder of the batter, apple slices and bacon.

The video footage for this recipe shows my brother-in-law’s magic:

We’re making this again next weekend. Loved it! Lekker (=delicious)!



3 thoughts on “The world’s best pancakes – Pannekoeken!

  1. SOOOoo nice to see this happening & I can almost taste & smell the delicious flavors! It reminds me of the “omelets” my mom used to make for us kids so often….we grew up on those. Minus the bacon & apples but I like that idea. thanks for sharing!

  2. I just came back from a week vacation in Amsterdam. My daughter and I had these savory pancakes at Pancakes! Amsterdam. I’ve been craving for this pancake since then. I just made this pancake today. The pancake dough is so moist! Thank you for this recipe!

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