Pannekoeken (Dutch Apple Pancake)

Looking for a special┬áValentine’s Day dessert, but not a chocolate lover?

I have the perfect, EASY recipe for you!

I have to be honest as to how I stumbled across this recipe. My husband and I were watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives one night (don’t judge me) and this Pannekoeken was one of the featured recipes being served up at a breakfast joint in San Antonio. I had never heard of Pannekoeken before, but as we watched the apple pancake being made, hubs and I were both practically salivating at the TV.

So the next morning, guess what we had for breakfast? And it was every bit as delicious and indulgent as it looked on TV. And also, surprisingly, extremely easy and quick!

We almost always have this for breakfast when we’re feeling extra indulgent and in the mood for a special treat, but I believe it would be an impressive dessert served at a dinner party, with some ice cream or fresh whipped cream alongside. You can have the ingredients prepped ahead of time, then after dinner has finished up, you can quickly have it in the oven and on the table in less than 30 minutes!

If your Valentine isn’t into chocolate, this would also make an extra special dessert for two!

Pannekoeken (Dutch Apple Pancake)

Yield: 2-4 servings

Pannekoeken (Dutch Apple Pancake)


  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp cold butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • powdered sugar, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Add the apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until slightly soft, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the flour, sugar, and salt, and whisk lightly until mostly smooth. (A few lumps are ok.)
  4. Increase the heat under the apples to medium and add the butter and brown sugar. Cook, stirring, until a syrup forms, about 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter all at once into the center of the pan.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, swirl the apple syrup into the batter, forming ribbons. Make sure you do not fully mix the batter and the apple syrup mixture!!
  7. Once they are swirled together, stop stirring and cook until bubbles form around the edges.
  8. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown and set in the middle.
  9. To serve, carefully invert a large plate over the pan, then flip the pan quickly to turn out the Pannekoeken.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar, then cut into wedges.


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