Dutch Pancakes For Shrove Tuesday recipe

A foolproof recipe – Yesterday I had a text message from my daughter “don’t forget its Shrove Tuesday tomorrow”. I looked at it with surprise and my answer was ‘ it’s Shrove Tuesday at mummy’s house every day of the year’. The response I got was ‘laughter’ and my phone was almost ‘shaking’ with joy.

cambridge food tour dutch pancakes

In the Netherlands, my home country, pancakes, as in France, are a staple diet. If you have ever been to the Netherlands or to the Dutch pancake house in London, My Old Dutch, you know that the Dutch don’t do half measures. These yummy treats are large and filling!  They can measure up to 50 cm in diameter topped up with traditional fillings such as streaky bacon, apple, raisins, cheese and Stroop (a Dutch syrup, which tastes almost like a mixture of maple syrup and honey). My favourite is bacon and cheese topped with syrup. Yes, I know, disgraceful, but oh so yummy.

As time has gone by the Dutch pancake has gone through a revolution too. These days you can find many variations on the theme and the toppings are quite often like the ones of pizzas or healthier options with fresh fruit.

These days I hardly eat pancakes anymore, but my children love them. Especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Although I am a trained chef, I hate to admit, that there are 2 things I always struggled to get right to the great amusement of my friends and family; pancakes and boiled eggs. The boiled egg problem was resolved a long time ago as the Dutch invented an egg boiler many years ago, but how was I going to tackle the pancake problem? Especially on those dreaded Sunday mornings. as after a good dinner and glass of wine the night before to rustle up these treats for the children at an early hour of the day when your eyes are barely open, had to be simple.

Dutch Pancakes

Foolproof Dutch pancakes recipe

Ingredients for 4 or 2 hungry children

1 large cup of plain flour
1 large cup of self-raising flour
1 pint of milk
2 large eggs
approx. 1/3 pint of water
pinch of salt
olive oil for frying

It’s a simple math. If you need more then it will be twice 1,5 cup and 3 eggs, 30 % more milk and more water. Four cups in total are 4 eggs, etc..

How do you make it?

Although Michel Roux said the other day, that he never sifts flour. For this recipe you have to otherwise the mixture will get lumpy.

Sift the flour into a bowl, then add the eggs. Pour in the milk. Whisk and then add more water so the mixture will be nice and runny. It should look like single cream.

Ready to start making pancakes. Instead of using butter, I prefer to use olive oil. Heat the oil and once hot,  pour in a soup ladle of the mixture. It should cover the pan. Fry on a medium heat until the top is not liquid anymore. Flip over and fry for another minute. You can keep the pancakes warm in the oven until serving.

The toppings

If you like to add, bacon, ham, apple or other ingredients, then you have to add them at stage one. So after having put the pancake mixture in the pan, you have to add the ingredient straight away. (not the cheese though). When you flip the pancake over, it will get a nice crust. The cheese get’s added last when you have flipped it over so it melts nicely. However, if you like to add it the ham or bacon pancake, then you have to add to the finished meat top. So when the pancake is finished. You put the cheese on top of the meat side, then under a grill in the oven.

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Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram