The Pancake Bakery

The Pancake Bakery

Lets talk about Pancakes.

In Holland, there’s no need for one day to celebrate and indulge in this food. Everyday is pannekoek day, and they are a staple meal, not just a brunch treat!

They are eaten by families for lunch and supper with lots of sweet, savoury and stuffed variations, and Dutch students also make sweet pancakes for pudding in the evening.

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A Dutch dinner party with pancakes to finish

Now I’ve been to a few good creperies before in Paris and Brussells, but nothing comes close to the Pancake Bakery.

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On the Prinsengracht canal, you could miss this place if it weren’t for the loud red signs declaring it’s location to the wanderers and tourists.

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“The best Pancakes in town!”

However, the pancake bakers don’t really need to worry about not being noticed. They are a worldwide hotspot, and bring in hundreds of new visitors everyday.

I guess we should go in!

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The long cavenous room makes you feel like you’ve stepped off the street (or canal) and gone back in time, and with reason. It used to be a a warehouse for the Dutch East India Trading Company during the 17th century ‘Golden Age’ when Holland was one of the major empires of the world and had a huge influence. I found myself reminiscing the golden age too, since S Club 7’s “Don’t Stop Never Give Up” was playing when we walked in!

At the table, there are bottles of Dutch Schenkstroop (typical syrup), a very large thing of maple syrup, salt, pepper, and sugar powders. I thought that was the meal sorted, but then you see the menu.

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Some very interesting combinations

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Quite a menu, right! As if that wasn’t enough, they also offer a plethora of deserts, just in case you didn’t feel like there was enough ice cream in your main.

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The walls are adorned with old paintings in Amsterdam settings, and photographs of the canals from 50-100 years ago, which you can peruse if you aren’t too busy fantasising over what’s to come……..

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Amsterdam, you haven’t aged a day!

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As you’ll know from my About Me page, I’m not currently able to have any of the ingredients involved in these beauties except the eggs….which could be a little unfulfilling! So rather than stay at the table with an envious stomach, the waitress let me come over to the kitchen to see the orders being made.

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The chef fries the ingredients for the different pancakes with the batter and and flips then over a large flame…

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Money shot!

Then passes them over to be decked out in the toppings.

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Loads of syrups, licquers, sweet shavings, and lots of nutella!

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A daily serving of sugar for the Pancake Bakery!

So, first up was the Canadian:

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Crispy bacon with cheese, onions, ham and mushrooms. Don’t you just want to roll that up and eat it in one! Mmm.

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Next was the Indonesian:

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A folded pancake of chicken, leeks, onions, mushrooms with an Indonesian peanut satay sauce, served with bean sprout salad and crumbled prawn cracker.

Indonesia used to be the Dutch colony, so you find a multitude of Indonesian restaurants and eateries around Amsterdam. The Pancake Bakery believes it’s uniqueness comes from their providing so many cuisines from all over the world in one restaraunt, reflecting Holland’s history in the global network.

Then was the Pancake Bakery’s most popular order:

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Banana, whipped cream and chocolate sauce
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A pretty sweet pic, don’t you think?

Then there was one for the person who likes to kill a few birds at once.

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Morello Cherry liquer
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Poured over peaches, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream

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You’ve got your dinner, your pudding and your drink sorted all in one!

Then things got all Italian. I guess pancakes and pizzas are probably cousins, as this creation looks like it works pretty well!

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Ciao bella!

The Caprese: basil, tomatoes, onions, melted fresh mozzarella and pesto.

The special’s of the day board was intriguing to say the least!

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Have you every heard of a veal pancake with brussell sprouts and red cabbage? You have now!

The sweet pojjertjes are a dutch delicacy; super cute baby pancakes.

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Poffertjes with cinammon icecream, stroopwaffel chunks, Belgian chocolate flakes, whipped cream and vanilla sauce.

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Um, yum!

The Pancake Bakery is open everyday from 09:00-21:30 apart from Christmas Day and is really worth a visit. What I think is most special about it is the huge range of international pancakes, all made properly with the authentic ingredients. And of course the fact that everyone agrees they are the best pancakes in town! The atmosphere is relaxed but still feels like your doing something special whether you go in the middle of the day or later in the evening.

Now as you can imagine, I left with pancakes on my mind, and I thought I would make some too!

I know that the words that come into most peoples minds when they want pancakes are not “LOW CARB” “LOW SUGAR”, but if any of you have diabetic issues or like to eat high fat and protein, then these ones may be up your street aswell!

To make these pancakes you will need:

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2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, 2 tablespoons of ground almonds, 4 tablespoons of coconut milk (or any milk of choice), 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, sugar/sugar substitute (I used stevia) and oil/butter for the pan. {Makes 2 pancakes}

Optional ingredients:

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Coconut flakes, blueberries, yoghurt (mine is pure coconut), cinnamon, nutmeg and nut butters (Hazelnut/almond/Peanut/cashew/Tahini), also bacon not pictured. But anything would work, really. Apparently people eat veal pancakes, for crying out loud!

Mix up all the ingredients in a measuring jug until smooth, but not too thin:

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Then pour on to a non-stick pan with oil/butter:

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If you want to add blueberries, add them now

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Give it a flip, and watch your pan make yo’ cake

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Stack the pancakes and add a dollop of yoghurt

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Extra blueberries, coconut flakes and lots of cinammon. It’s so delicious how the berries burst into the pancakes!

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Now that my diet is coming to an end, I am able to start adding things back in in very small quantities, so this was the first fruit I have had in 6 months! Blueberries are very low sugar so they were the best thing to start with.

If you like to be adventurous, this combination also really works:

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Kinda lost the shape of this one!

Drizzle the pancake with nut butter of your choice (mine is hazelnut):

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Then top with bacon.

This may seem a little weird, but I had always thought maple syrup and bacon sounded weird until I tried it!

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So there we go. I hope I have given you a taste of what Amsterdam has to offer in the way of pancakes, and maybe inspired you to make some quirky ones which will set you up for a flippin’ great day too!

That’s all for now,

Love O xxxx

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