What are Pannenkoeken? Pannenkoeken are Dutch pancakes. Unlike American or Scotch pancakes, Pannenkoeken are usually larger and thinner and sometimes incorporate slices of smoked bacon, or apple and raisins for example. Plain pannekoeken are often eaten with white or brown sugar. The ingredients are flour, milk, and eggs. Beer may also be added to the mixture in order to give it a better flavour, but most of all it helps air the pannekoek. In Dutch pancake restaurants many more toppings can be ordered for the pannenkoek, including eggs, pear, or even pineapple. Pannenkoeken are often topped with the Dutch stroop, a dark, thick syrup common in the Netherlands.
A 'pannenkoek naturel' in a 'pannenkoekenhuis' is a plain pannenkoek, which one can top with as much powdered sugar or stroop as one desires from the condiments standing on the table.