It was August 2013, and I was travelling around Europe with some friends when we spent a few days at Amsterdam. Of the many local attractions there, I was told that I must try traditional dutch pancakes. They were truly heaven. Soft and fluffy, but paired with the most beautiful mix of cream, jam and fresh fruits. This began my love affair with pancakes.
I thought I’d begin the year with what has become somewhat of a monthly tradition for us since we got married. One Sunday morning every month, I would wake up a little earlier and make pancakes from scratch. Now, it’s not anywhere near the dutch pancakes that I had one summer’s day four years ago in Amsterdam, but it’s definitely something special for us.
It’s not so much about the pancakes, but everything that goes along with it being Sunday. Lazy wake-ups, curling in bed for that extra 5 mins (that turns to 20), and multiple coffees as we catch up on our current TV show. Right now, I’m trying to get Vruchi into Seinfeld … I can’t believe that she never watched the show.
Recently with all the business of the holiday season, the monthly pancakes have taken a bit of a backseat. However, I kicked off the new year with a return to one of our favourite dishes, and I can proudly say … they tasted delicious.
Milk - 1 1/2 cup
Flour - 1 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla Extract - 2 to 3 tablespoons (free pour, you can't go wrong with this)
Oil - For the pan before you pour each pancake
Sugar - Optional if you prefer your pancakes sweet. I never really add it because we have ice cream with ours.
Fruits - to decorate (Strawberries, Blackberries, Bananas)
Nutella & Ice cream - Optional
Maple Syrup - To drizzle over
1. Pour milk, eggs, flour in a large bowl and whisk
2. Slowly add the vanilla extract as you whisk
Make sure you have a smooth consistency without any lumps. If too thick, add some milk.
3. Heat and oil your pan
4. Pour small amounts and swirl your pan to form a circle with the batter
5. Let it cook on one side before flipping
6. Flip and let it cook on the other side
7. Remove and let it cool a little
8. Lather pancake with Nutella and decorate with fruits and ice cream
9. Enjoy! :)