Dutch Ba­con Pan­cakes with Ap­ple Syrup

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Dutch pan­cakes or pan­nenkoeken are of the im­pres­sive, plate-size va­ri­ety. They may be plain or flavoured; in this case they are stud­ded with ba­con. Ap­pel­stroop (rhymes with rope) is the Dutch equiv­a­lent of maple syrup, made by can­dy­ing ap­ple juice. You can buy it from stores stock­ing Dutch foods but it is straight­for­ward to make your­self. Ap­pel­stroop:

700ml ap­ple juice

200g raw sugar

2 ta­ble­spoons black­strap molasses Pan­cakes:

250g plain flour

1 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der

½ tea­spoon fine salt

500ml cold milk

2 large eggs, beaten un­til frothy Spray oil and but­ter, for cook­ing 250g ba­con or pancetta, sliced wafer-thin

Stroop: Pour ap­ple juice into a heavy­based pot and add sugar. Stir un­til liq­uid comes to the boil then re­duce heat to a brisk sim­mer and cook with­out stir­ring for about 30 min­utes un­til re­duced by half or the tem­per­a­ture has reached 110°C on a candy ther­mome­ter (thread stage).

Take off heat and stir in molasses. Cool be­fore serv­ing. The syrup will thicken as its cools and stores well in the fridge for up to a month.

Pan­cakes: Com­bine flour, bak­ing pow­der and salt in a mix­ing bowl. Slowly add milk, whisk­ing con­tin­u­ously to form a thin, smooth bat­ter.

In an­other bowl, whisk eggs un­til frothy then whisk them into the bat­ter.

Heat a large fry­ing pan over medium heat with a spray of oil and ½ tea­spoon but­ter un­til it siz­zles.

La­dle bat­ter mix­ture into pan and swirl to make the pan­cake as large as pos­si­ble – ide­ally com­pletely fill­ing the pan. Lay 2-3 ba­con or pancetta slices on the pan­cake. Cook 2 min­utes be­fore care­fully flip and cook the other side for a fur­ther 1-2 min­utes.

Re­peat with re­main­ing bat­ter and ba­con/pancetta, ad­ding ex­tra oil and but­ter as needed.

Serve with a jug of ap­pel­stroop. Gar­nish with ex­tra fried ba­con/pancetta pieces if de­sired. Makes about 8 (serves 4)

This is an edited ex­tract from Break­fast Around the World by Brid­get Davis, pub­lished by New Hol­land Pub­lish­ing, $29.99

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