These Dutch bacon & apple pancakes are a firm family favorite in Holland. The combination of the sweet-sour apple and the savory bacon is a match made in heaven. If possible, drizzle with 'stroop', a dark, molasses-like Dutch syrup (which is widely available online on sites that sell Dutch groceries
). While the Dutch usually eat these savory pancakes for dinner, you can have them for breakfast or brunch if you prefer. Trust me, you won't have to nag the kids to finish their meal, I assure you!
- 1 cup white flour (140 g)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk (250 ml)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp oil
- 10 rashers of bacon, sliced into thin strips
- 3 crisp apples, thinly sliced
- ‘Suikerstroop’ (Dutch pancake syrup) or a syrup of your choice
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and a little of the milk to a smooth paste. Add the remaining milk gradually, while whisking. Add the egg, beating the mixture well. For a lighter texture, leave to rest for a few hours or overnight.
Melt the butter and oil in a large frying pan and wait until it sizzles. Pour in enough of the mixture to cover the entire surface of the pan (spread the mixture evenly by tilting the pan). Bake until bubbles appear on the surface and turn over. Pancakes should be pale gold on both sides. Set aside.
Fry bacon in the pan until crisp and/or cooked. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Now add the sliced apples to the bacon fat and caramelize. Drain on paper towels. Serve pancakes open-faced on the plate, top with apples and bacon and drizzle some suikerstroop on top.
Yields 8 to 10 pancakes.
This pancake mix improves when it is left to rest, but you can use it straight away.
Dutch pancake syrup is a dark molasses-like syrup, but you could use golden syrup or maple syrup instead. Or, in fact, appelstroop.
My bacon & apple pancakes are excellent topped with some seasoned frisee salad.