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Pannenkoeken (Dutch Pancakes)

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Move over, pancakes—there’s a new breakfast treat in town. We'll teach you how to make pannenkoeken, also called Dutch pancakes!
Two thin pancakes served on white plates with an apple and forks nearby.

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It can be easy to think that all pancakes are the same—big fluffy stacks of flapjacks slathered in maple syrup. And while we love classic pancakes with our whole hearts, there is a whole world of different kinds of pancakes that you must try! Today we’re showing you how to make Pannenkoeken—AKA: Dutch pancakes. These thin pancakes have a wonderful spongy texture and crispy edges, and they work just as well drizzled with maple syrup as they do rolled and stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. Let’s get flipping!

Pannenkoeken served on large white plates, the thin crepe-style pancakes nearly filling the plate from edge to edge.

What is pannenkoeken?

Pannenkoeken are Dutch pancakes. They have a light flavor and texture, making them the perfect base for a range of yummy toppings or fillings. They’re thinner than typical American flapjacks but thicker than French crepes. They have a spongey texture and typically have crispy edges. You can serve them like traditional flapjacks—stacked and drizzled with syrup—or a more common way is to fill them with sweet or savory foods and roll them or fold them.

There are tons of similar-style pancakes from cultures across the globe. In fact, the recipe for pannenkoeken is identical to that of Finnish pancakes lettu—so much so, that our recipe below is an old Finlander family recipe that has been passed down for generations. No matter if you call it pannenkoeken or lettu or Danish pancakes or Finnish pancakes, you can absolutely call them delicious!

Wholefully Protip

It’s easy to confuse pannenkoeken with pannukakku, but they are very different pancakes! Pannenkoken are thin Dutch pancakes made on the stovetop. Pannukakku is a thick Finnish oven pancake.

Is a Dutch baby the same as pannenkoeken?

Nope! A Dutch baby is a thick oven pancake—the texture is a mix between a soufflé and a crepe. Dutch babies are called pannukakku in Finland. These are pannenkoeken, and they are thinner than a typical American pancake.

Pannenkoeken served on large white plates, the thin crepe-style pancakes nearly filling the plate from edge to edge.

How do I make pannenkoeken?

If you can whisk together ingredients in a bowl, you can make these Dutch/Finnish Pancakes! Here’s how.

  1. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. The batter will be very thin (milk consistency). 
  3. Place a teaspoon of butter on the skillet or griddle, then pour in about 1/3 cup of the batter.
  4. Flip when the edge of the pancake starts to look solid and bubbly.
  5. Cook on the other side for a minute or two.

Wholefully Protip

We can’t over state how thin the consistency of the batter will be—we promise you are doing it right!

How to eat Dutch pancakes

You can eat pannenkoeken stacked and slathered with butter and maple syrup. You can also fill the pancakes with sweet or savory toppings and then roll them into a log shape. You can use your hands to pick up the pannenkoeken—depending on how sticky your toppings are. You can also use a knife and fork to cut it.

Wholefully Protip

This recipes makes a ton of pancakes—which is a good thing because leftovers are wonderful snacks! We love to slather them with peanut butter and layer on banana slices, roll them up and you’ve got a snack for the road!

Close view of rolled Dutch pancakes stacked on a plate, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and topped with sliced strawberries.

Filling variations

Pannenkoeken has a light texture and flavor that you can make as simple or as complex as you want, depending on your toppings. Both sweet and savory flavors pair perfectly with these Dutch pancakes. There are two ways to do fillings—you can either wait until the pancake is done, add them to the middle and then roll or fold the pancakes, or you can actually mix certain fillings into the batter (like cheese, fruits, or veggies). We encourage you to experiment and find your perfect pancake. Here are some of our favorite filling and topping ideas:

Sweet:

  • Butter and maple syrup
  • Whipped cream with berries or fresh fruits
  • Apple pie filling
  • Nutella or other chocolate spread
  • Thinly sliced apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Honey

Savory:

  • Bacon
  • Cooked ham
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Cheese

 

 

 
Two thin pancakes served on white plates with an apple and forks nearby.

Pannenkoeken (Dutch Pancakes)

Yield: About 18 pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Move over, pancakes—there’s a new breakfast treat in town. We'll teach you how to make pannenkoeken, also called Dutch pancakes!

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Batter will be VERY thin (similar to the consistency of milk).
  2. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into a buttered skillet heated on medium-low heat. Swirl the batter around the pan as needed to form your pancake.
  3. Cook until the edges start to set. Flip and cook for another minute or two on the second side. Remove from the skillet and repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings or fillings!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Kaitlyn Bain is a professional health and wellness writer with a passion for helping her clients educate their readers on healthy lifestyles. She loves cooking, reading, and exploring the outdoors on hikes with her family in Northern Ontario.

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