Forget Mardi Gras, Pancake Tuesday's where it's at! Why bother with all the scandalous bead-collecting, when you can put on your stretchiest pants and overindulge in simple deliciousness? Okay, truth be told, if we were in Brazil, we'd probably be all over the spectacle of Carnaval, but since we're not, we're all about the pancakiest holiday around.
We love pancakes around here... actually, we're pretty big fans of anything kinda pancake-ish. Crepes, tortillas, pitas... if it's round, flat & delicious, we're in! We probably eat pancakes once a week and have to say, once you start making them from scratch, you'll never reach for the box again!
There are a multitude of pancake recipes... from simple to extravagant... but for today, we thought we'd share one of our favourites. Pannekoeken - or Dutch pancakes - are kind of like a crepe but a little thicker and chewier and, our favourite part, easier to make! Bonus - you probably already have the ingredients on hand.
Pannekoeken - Dutch Pancakes
Makes approximately six 21cm / 8.5" pancakes.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 tsp baking powder
Whisk together all ingredients. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Heat your favourite frypan over medium heat. Grease with a small amount of oil. If you're using a nonstick pan, this initial greasing should be fine. If you're using a stainless steel pan, brush on a little more oil between pancakes.
Ladle approximately 1/3 cup batter into the frypan and swirl to cover the bottom. (If batter is too thick to spread evenly, add more milk.) Cook for a few minutes until bottom of pancake is golden. Flip and cook on the other side.
Repeat until all batter is cooked.
Pannekoeken are like the blank canvas of pancakes - since they're not sweet, you can choose whether to fill them with sweet or savoury fillings. They're delicious with berries, yoghurt and fruit. Nutella and banana is downright decadent. Or try ham and cheese if you're in the mood for something that isn't sweet.
As for us, our favourite filling is simple cinnamon sugar. Mix together 2 Tbsp brown sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon. Spread the hot pancake with butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar, roll & enjoy. We dare you not to eat them all fresh from the pan... we hardly ever make it to the table with this one!
Happy Pancake Tuesday & happy pancake making!
Will you be eating pancakes today?