Warning: Small “The Fault in Our Stars” spoiler ahead! Just want to give you a warning if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book.
This week I’ve decided to cook a couple of dishes from Netherlands for two reasons. June 12, marks what would have been Anne Frank’s 85th birthday. Frank’s family went into hiding during World War II in a home in Amsterdam until they were taken to a concentration camp. Since this is more a food and travel blog I don’t want to get into Anne’s story too much. If you would like to learn more about her life visit www.annefrank.org.
This past Friday also happened to be the release date of “The Fault in Our Stars.” I won’t give away too much, but here is a mini-spoiler – they go to Amsterdam.
Fortunately, Amsterdam is one of the places I have been, even if ever so briefly. I was there about 24 hours on the last day of my honeymoon in 2012. To this day it is one of my favorite places I have ever visited. I couldn’t pin point any one thing that made me love it so much, but it had charm around every corner. One of my favorite moments was while walking along a canal and a group of older men came floating past us singing. Lucky for you we happened to capture that moment in the video above.
Ok, so you might be wondering by now what pannenkoek is and where does the bacon fit into this picture. Or, maybe you love bacon so much you don’t care what else is in this dish. Basically, it’s a larger, thinner pancake topped with bacon and cheese and topped with syrup. Sound good? Okay!
Start off by cooking the bacon. I personally like mine nice and crispy. The only way I’ve been able to guarantee crispy bacon is to cook it in the oven. I just put it on a baking sheet and put it in an oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Easy peasy!
I didn’t have a pan large enough to make these to their standard size. I just used my griddle and made it as big as possible. They were pretty easy to flip.
The final product turned out pretty magical. Really is there anything that go wrong when you mix pancakes, bacon and cheese?
Typically, this dished is eaten for dinner as opposed to breakfast. Breakfast happens to be my favorite meal of the day so that is fine by me. The topping choices also range from syrup to fruits like apples.
Ready to taste one of the Netherlands traditional dishes for yourself? Here is the recipe.
Pannenkoek recipe from A Plate of Good Food:
2 cups plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups milk
Butter to fry the pannenkoek
6 strips cooked bacon
Grated cheddar or any other firm cheese (I used Gouda, a Dutch cheese)
1. Place the bacon on a baking sheet covered in foil. Place sheet in oven and turn to 400 degrees and cook for 20 minutes.
2. While the bacon is cooking, mix together flour, salt, sugar, eggs and milk. Mix thoroughly until you get a smooth batter.
3. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
4. Heat a frying pan on medium heat. Place a tiny dot of butter on the hot pan.
5. Pour a ladle of batter and swirl the pan so it spreads evenly. As the bottom of the pannenkoek cooks, place 1-2 strips of bacon on the top. Sprinkle some cheese.
6. Using the ladle, move the batter around to cover the cheese.
7. Flip the pannenkoek over. Let the other side cook until golden in color. Remove from pan and keep warm.
8. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
9. Serve with maple syrup.
Hopefully you will give this one a try. If you can cook pancakes you can do this one.