Dutch Pancakes

Pannenkoeken – better known as Dutch pancakes – are a Dutch delicacy. Dutch pancakes can be described as a type of pancakes, which originated in the Netherlands. But is this a true story? Probably, nobody knows for sure. Just let us tell you a bit more about Dutch pancakes. What is the history, what’s special about the Dutch pancakes from PANCAKES Amsterdam? And maybe the most important question of all is, what kind of Dutch pancakes do we serve?

Dutch pancakes
What’s the difference between a Dutch pancake and an American pancake? A Dutch pancake is usually larger and much thinner than the thick and fluffy American pancakes. If you order a Dutch pancake at PANCAKES Amsterdam, you will get a delicious thin pancake with a diameter of 32 centimeters. 

Pancakes are made of basic ingredients, namely flour, milk, salt, and eggs. We also add a secret ingredient, which we’ll never reveal of course. But if you would like to make our delicious pancakes at home, you can just buy our PANCAKES Amsterdam pancake flour mix. But why are our pancakes so crazy delicious? They are also quite healthy. We have made our flour mix, which consists of whole wheat flour, wheat flour, and buckwheat flour. If would you like to know more about our pancake flour or about how to make crazy delicious Dutch pancakes check out our blog!

Those delicious Dutch pancakes can be sweet, savoury or even both at the same time. At PANCAKES Amsterdam, we also serve gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan Dutch pancakes. Preparation of these special pancakes will take a little bit longer and you will recognize them, please make sure you let our staff know or read our blog about it very carefully. We do our best but it is as well a team effort! When you have an allergy, it’s always good to inform our staff, so they can keep an extra eye on your order. If would you like to find out everything about how we accommodate allergies, just read our allergy blog.

History of Dutch pancakes
The history of ‘Hollandse Pannenkoeken’ or Dutch pancakes is quite the story to tell. The first fun fact to share with you is that Dutch pancakes are not from the Netherlands, but from China and Nepal. This recipe had buckwheat as the main ingredient and was first used in the 12th century. The cultivation of buckwheat in Europe dates back to the 13th century, in the Netherlands and Belgium. Back in the day, they had a different recipe. Pancakes consisted of buckwheat, water, milk, and melted butter. This batter is now used for the French crepes. After some time, the Dutch started making their own pancake batter. This batter consisted of more flour and milk and the Dutchies also added eggs.

Pancakes have been around forever. Eventually, more and more varieties appeared, everyone with local ingredients and authentic tastes. At some point in time, pancakes were also frequently used on special occasions. For example, the British would eat their pancakes just before fasting for Easter. This day is called Shrove Tuesday. 

Each country has its signature pancake. Well, almost every country. America has its famous fluffy and stacked pancakes, and the Dutch have pannenkoeken and poffertjes. Germany and Austria have Kaiserschmarrn and the French have their crêpes. PANCAKES Amsterdam has a monthly special, which is always a worldly pancake with a special story. Check our social media accounts to find out this month’s special. 

Best Dutch pancakes at PANCAKES Amsterdam
PANCAKES Amsterdam is the best pancake house in Amsterdam and maybe even in The Netherlands. At PANCAKES Amsterdam, we only use the best and highest quality ingredients possible. We stand out from the crowd, with our original recipes, made with fresh, premium quality, and local ingredients. With over a dozen different kinds of Dutch pancakes on our menu, we offer a delicious pancake for everyone!

Traditional Dutch pancakes, both sweet and savory. Traditional pancakes include toppings like bacon and cheese, but you will also find plenty of pancakes with a modern twist. Like one of our best sellers; Dutch pancake with spinach and goat cheese or the one with apple, almonds, calvados, and whipped cream, it feels like eating Christmas!  

Would you like to find out all about the Dutch pancakes on our menu? At PANCAKES Amsterdam, we have all kinds of Dutch pancakes; traditional, sweet, and savory Dutch pancakes. We also have changing winter and summer menus. From October on, we offer our winter menu. The winter pancakes are great with a nice cup of hot cocoa.  

Want to know which pancakes are currently on our menu?  Check our menu

You can also create your Dutch pancakes. So, go crazy and make your creation. Please let us know what kind of pancake you created, we would love to share your ideas with the rest of our pancake lovers!

Would you like to see our delicious Dutch pancakes?  View our picture menu.

You can also create homemade pancakes. Would you like to know how to make a perfect pancake with bacon and cheese – PANCAKES Amsterdam style? Just head on over to our YouTube channel, our chefs are happy to teach you how to make Dutch pancakes at home.

When you are visiting Amsterdam, you simply have to try some proper, delicious, Dutch-style pancakes, from the best pancake house in Amsterdam – PANCAKES Amsterdam. All of our pancakes are made with the special recipe of PANCAKES Amsterdam and of course with lots of love.

It’s always time for pancakes! We could eat pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for lunch, and pancakes for dinner. We could eat pancakes all day, every day! PANCAKES Amsterdam serves the best pancakes in Amsterdam. Period.

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