- 3.75 cups (500 grams / 18 ounces) of flour
- about 17 ounces (2 cups / 500 ml) of milk
- 0.7 ounces (20 grams) of bakers' yeast or baking powder
- a few tablespoons of sugar
- 2 eggs
- bit of salt
- fresh, small, black cherries
This Dutch recipe for cherry pancakes is from the south of the Netherlands, from the province of Limburg, which is a holiday destination for many of the Dutch. Food is an important part of Limburgian culture, and adds a lot to the Dutch cuisine. Fruit grows everywhere in this region, and as a result, many Dutch recipes from this province have fruits in them. So do these cherry pancakes.
- Put the flour in a bowl and make sure the milk is lukewarm. Add a bit of the milk to the yeast and stir.
- Split the eggs.
- Add the egg yolks, sugar and prepared yeast to the flour. Add part of the milk and stir until the batter is smooth.
- Add the remainder of the milk. Be sure that the batter is (very) firm.
- Beat the eggwhites until they are stiff and scoop them through the dough.
- Put the dough in a warm place and allow to rise until twice the initial volume.
- Wash the cherries, remove the pits. If the cherries are big, cut them in half.
- Heat some butter in a frying pan and pour a spoonful of batter into the pan. Immediately, start pressing the cherries into the dough.
- Slowly bake the cherry pancake until the upside is dry. Then, turn it around and bake the other side.
Make sure to use plenty of butter for baking. If necessary, wipe the pan clean inbetween pancakes. Because of the sugar in the cherries, the bottom of the pan can become sticky. These cherry pancakes are supposed to be eaten while warm, but also taste fine cold.
You can also add some (powdered) sugar. A variation on this regional Dutch recipe can be made by exchanging the cherries for strawberries, which magically turns your cherry pancakes into strawberry pancakes.
My wife’s grandmother used to make this regional Dutch recipe, as well as her mother before her. This Dutch recipe goes back more than a century, which probably says something about how wonderful cherry pancakes actually are….