In name, Dutch Apple Pancakes—which are also called German Pancakes or Dutch Babies—sound similar to traditional pancakes. In reality, they're more like a popover. You cook up some apples and sugar together in a skillet and then simply whisk together an eggy batter, pour it in, and bake. About fifteen minutes later, a majestically puffy pancake comes out of the oven.
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A gluten-free Dutch apple pancake.
The mental leap to combining these Dutch delights into ice cream was any easy one. Step aside, Nutella: speculoos ice cream has you beat, perfect on its own or as a crown for warm pie. The little shards of stroopwafel are a punchy bonus, firm enough to keep your teeth busy while your tastebuds rewire themselves for a new addiction. This was the best bite of autumn I've had so far.
Speculoos spread, also known as Biscoff spread, can be found in specialty groceries, European import shops, and on the web.
Thank heavens the Earth ain't flat, because the New World is an incredibly significant coffee-producing region—thanks in large part to the plants being shuffled around by European colonial powers gaining ground hither, thither, and yon. We're about to follow the Dutch and, subsequently, the French around the world on this caffeinated history trip.
After ten years of working on food projects, Dutch product designer-turned-eating designer Marije Vogelzang has developed a philosophy about food incorporating eight points: senses, nature, culture, society, technique, psychology, science, and action. She's published two books about food, and this summer opened a restaurant in Amsterdam called Proef. Learn more about Vogelzang in this interview by Gestalten.
Vandaag, in a word, is refreshing. Refreshing to navigate an East Village dining room without climbing over chairs or toppling a busboy. To find entrées and appetizers, not a roster of small plates of heritage pork belly and bacon-fried everything. To be greeted warmly at a young downtown restaurant. And to find a menu that doesn't seem derivative—either of a single culinary tradition or of current restaurant standards. It's hard to compare Vandaag to another restaurant in New York right now.
When my fries emerged from the kitchen I was pleased to see a trio of sauces. I recognized the red stuff (ketchup) and the white (mayonnaise, also embraced as a fry dip by the Belgians) but what this third, golden colored sauce? Could it be...? I gave my first fry a dip. Peanut sauce on French fries! Genius! Leave it to the Dutch to surprise me with a delicious new way to enjoy peanut butter.
This savory pannekoek almost resembles a pizza. [Flickr: Greta B.] It's important to know all the members of the pancake family. Pannekoeken are Dutch-style pancakes that, like crepes, can go the sweet or savory route, but have a little more heft since they're filled with anything from mushrooms and bacon to Gouda and apple slices. It's kind of like an omelette except with a pancake foundation. They're also enjoyed plain with just some butter and sugar or stroop (syrup) on top. The San Francisco Chronicle had a nice profile on the anytime-meal yesterday. The recipe for the plain pannekoek is easy, just an eggs-milk-flour-salt batter, and the fillings are up to you. Related Tips for Making Perfect Pancakes Stroopwafels...
If you have a Dutch friend who hasn't told you about the stroopwafel, you should really reconsider this "relationship." The name kind of sounds like a throat condition, but this national waffle of the Netherlands is delicious. Instead of...
I must admit that Dutch is not New Jersey's most well-known ethnic cuisine. It's not around every corner like Italian or Chinese and doesn't have any major enclaves like Indian or Portuguese. Still, there are plenty of Dutch people...
It's not just that stroopwafels, hailing all the way from the Netherlands, taste amazing. They are also functional. They’re meant to be placed atop a steaming mug of coffee or tea, with three truly noble effects.
Photograph from Benidormone on Flickr Pannenkoekewhat? The Pannenkoekenboot, or Pancake Boat, is possibly the only boat in the world featuring an all-you-can-eat pancake buffet. For an hour or more while floating by the sights of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, or Nijmegen you can feast on pancakes and...more pancakes. Don't tell me you wouldn't go for this: We serve plain, apple and bacon pancakes and also have a buffet covered with ingredients to garnish your pancake with, such as cheese, ham, fruit, jam and chocolate sprinkles. Of course there is syrup and powdered sugar on every table. Of course—no pancake buffet is complete without syrup and powdered sugar. €13,50 may sound like a lot for pancakes, but while stuffing yourself with as...