Dutch pancakes

Dutch Pancakes with Bacon (Pannekoeken)



Dutch pancakes


Discovering delicious food in Amsterdam

Yes, you’re completely right, this is NOT an Italian recipe.  Every now and then it’s good to mix it up a little! This is a recipe for Dutch pannekoeken (pancakes) with bacon.  You don’t actually need to eat them with bacon.  You can have them with cheese, or with sweet toppings such as apple.  We went to Amsterdam for a long weekend during August and found out about these delicious pancakes.  The Dutch make them in a unique way: they cook the “toppings” into the pancakes, so it’s not like a French crepe, or like an American pancake at all.

They’re really easy to make (surprisingly!).  My kids were delighted when I plunked the pancakes down in front of them at lunchtime.  They told me that they “taste just like the ones in Amsterdam”, so I must’ve done something right!


Batter for Dutch Pancakes


Unfortunately, when we were in Amsterdam it was raining almost the whole time, so we didn’t get many photos.  We did have a lot of fun though!  Below I’ve written a guide on 10 Things to Do with Under-10s in Amsterdam.  It’s a really great city to take kids to (unlike some other cities we’ve mistakenly visited with the kids thinking it would be fun…HA!)


batter cooking


Boating in Amsterdam






By Lisa Watson


Dutch Pancakes with Bacon

An easy recipe for delicious Dutch pancakes with bacon, plus 10 things to do with under-10’s in Amsterdam
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dutch
Servings: 4 pancakes


  • 200 g All-purpose flour 1 1/3 cups / 7.1 oz
  • 200 g Whole wheat flour 1 cup / 7.1 oz
  • 800 ml Milk 3 1/3 cups
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Several strips Bacon


  • Mix the flours, salt and sugar together.
  • Add the milk in a steady stream while whisking to remove all the lumps.
  • Lightly beat the eggs, then add them to the batter.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add 3 or 4 strips of bacon and let them cook slightly.
  • Pour the batter over the top until it covers the whole pan.
  • Wait until the pancake is cooked almost all the way through, then flip it using a thin spatula (or slide it onto a plate and use that to help you flip it over).
  • Cook on the second side until it is brown.
  • Eat immediately!