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Pannekoek (or crepes)

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Pannekoek (or crepes)

What do you call it? Pannekoek, crepes, pannenkoek, or whatever you wish to call them, are super delicious and a favorite in many a household. We love it and we also have this tradition that when a baby gets his/her first tooth, to bake pannekoek, but have you ever thought or wondered about this tradition.

I do not need any excuses to bake some fresh pancakes, but bake why pancakes when a baby has its first tooth? After some searching the web, I could not find anything regarding the origin of this story or any reason why people do it. Could it be because a pannekoek is soft and easy for a baby to ‘chew’ and munch on with only gums and also not to choke on? What do you think? Do you have any other explanation? Please share with us in the comments.

A Pannekoek, the pancake is a flat cake, often thin and round, prepared from a starch-based batter that may contain eggs, milk, and butter and cooked on a hot surface such as a griddle or frying pan, often frying with oil or butter.


Pannekoek (or crepes, I suppose)

Pannekoek in pan

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours
  • Yield: 20 depending on size 1x


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Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Then in a separate bowl, beat the eggs, milk, water, and lemon juice together.

Add the dry ingredients to the liquids and mix well.

Then add the oil and mix to a thick, cream-like consistency.

Here’s the secret: it must stand a while to work perfectly.

When ready to bake, heat a pan and add a drop of oil (unless you have a non-stick pan).

Add a big soup spoon full of batter and spread throughout the pan by twirling it to coat the bottom.

Allow it to bake until just browned, then flip and brown the other side.

We served ours with the traditional cinnamon sugar, some with cheese, and others with a meat filling.


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 89
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 81
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 19

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What is the difference between Dutch pancakes and regular pancakes?

A Dutch pancake is usually larger and much thinner than the thick and fluffy American pancakes. Those delicious Dutch pancakes can be sweet, savory, or even both at the same time.

What’s the Difference Between Crêpes and Pancakes?

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Read all about Pannenkoek and Antonie Pannekoek as per Wikipedia. It’s an interesting read.

I found another interesting article on Pannekoek and this time from Britannica.

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