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‘You have to have syrup on your pancake!’ TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: THE PANCAKE BAKERY
“We are doing what we do best,” smiles Bastiaan Schaafsma of the Pancake Bakery. “And that is serving the best pancakes in town, prepared with their own batter and fresh ingredients, in a superb location right here near the Royal Streets in the Jordaan.” This foodie hotspot is situated in a narrow 17th century Dutch East India Company (VOC) warehouse on the Prinsengracht. A lot of the elements from that time, such as the low ceiling with heavy support beams and brick walls, are still there. “When the sun is out, we have a terrace right next to the canal, where you have an amazing view.” In 1980, Bastiaan’s parents bought the restaurant and later he became co-owner. In all its lifetime, the Pancake Bakery has not changed much. And why should it have? The recipe they use is simple: quality, fresh products and excellent service. On the menu you will find more than 75 different pancakes, ranging from a plain one to a pancake with chicken
satay, prawn crackers and lettuce or one with salmon, cream cheese and crème fraîche. All are prepared with fresh daily ingredients and made with the Pancake Bakery’s trademark batter. “My father wanted one which always had the same quality, regardless of which chef was making the pancakes,” Bastiaan explains. “So he created one himself and we still use it today.” “We want families that come in to enjoy themselves and experience our love for pancakes, they are such a typical Dutch treat,” enthuses Bastiaan. “And there is nothing more Dutch than having a pancake with bacon, apple and syrup. You have to have syrup!”
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