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Traditional Dutch pancakes - grandma's secret recipe!

by Patrick Smits March 21, 2022 2 min read

Traditional Dutch pancakes - grandma's secret recipe!

The Dutch really love pancakes. Unlike other countries, we often eat them for dinner.

Dutch pancakes are thicker than crêpes, but not as thick as the breakfast pancakes that Americans eat.

We eat them 'naturel', with powdered sugar or molasses, or we add things to the batter such as bacon and cheese or apples.

Today we share the basic recipe with you, so you can add other ingredients if you'd like to.

And ofcourse, this recipe comes from my grandmother. She makes the best pancakes in the world!


  • 2 eggs
  • 250 grams all purpose flour
  • 500 ml of milk
  • 10 grams of vanilla sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • some butter to cook with (optional if you use a Swiss Diamond pan)


  1. Whisk flour, eggs, milk, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until all lumps have disappeared. The batter is supposed to be runny.
  2. Place your fry pan on the stove on medium heat.
  3. Add some butter to your frying pan and let it melt. Make sure your pan is hot before you move on to the next step. 
  4. Scoop a big spoon of batter in the middle of the pan. Dutchies use a soup spoon for this.
  5. Move your pan around to distribute the batter across the entire surface of the pan.
  6. Cook your pancake for 2-3 minutes until the top is dry.
  7. Turn (or flip!) your pancake and cook it for 1-2 minutes on the other side until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy with powdered sugar or molasses. Or, if you like it sweeter, add whipcream or nutella.

All that's left now is to eat your pancake like the Dutch do: put your pancake on a plate, and add your topping in the middle, making a horizontal stripe (or get creative and write your name or something). Then, put your fork in the botom of the pancake and roll it up. Cut it into slices of 3-5cm width. That's the Dutch way!


  • Use a pan that is really hot.
  • Use a non-stick pan, so your pancake won't burn and fall apart.
  • Use a big pan, so you can make big pancakes. Dutch pancakes are usually 26-28cm big.
  • Don't add to much batter. A Dutch pancake slightly thicker than a French crêpe, if you add too much batter it will be too thick and too mealy.
  • Vary with other toppings, such as apples, berries, bananas or cheese.
Want to eat savory pancakes?
That's easy too! Cook some bacon slices in a pan. Then, add the batter on top of the bacon. Wait till the top of the pancake is dry. Then flip it, put some cheese on top and wait till it melts. Done!
You can make Dutch pancakes in a nonstick fry pan. We recommend the 26cm or 28cm, so you can make well sized pancakes.

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