Making Pannekoeken ( Dutch Baby Cups) from prepared mix and filling them with yummy stuff – great for cooking with kids

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Coming from South Africa, there is a significant amount of Dutch heritage in the background of those who live there and so I remember growing up with many recipes that heralded from Holland. One of those memories is all about Pannekoeken.

My affiliate The Prepared Pantry provides me with all my bread machine mixes and much more. The Pannekoeken mix is so useful since one can fill these adorable little cups with so many different kinds of fillings. Here are a few for your entertainment ( and for cooking with kids) below.

How to Make the Pannekoeken Cups

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup pannekoeken mix together.
  2. Put a dab of butter in each cup of a six cup jumbo muffin pan.  Put the pan in the oven to heat and melt the butter.
  3. Divide the batter between the six cups.
  4. Bake for nine to ten minutes or until the tops are golden brown.  Remove the Dutch babies to a wire rack.  Serve immediately.

If there is a secret to making Dutch babies, pannekoeken, it’s a hot oven.  There is no leavening in the batter; it’s all driven with steam like a popover.  So you have to have a lot of heat in a hurry for expansion.

Ovens are notoriously inaccurate, even brand-new ovens.  If your first batch doesn’t rise the way it should, turn your oven up 25 degrees.

You can buy an oven thermometer and check your oven.  (We had the ovens checked at major appliance store before doing a demo.  They were off 35 degrees on average.)  An experienced service technician can adjust the oven for you.

What to Fill Them With

You’re limited only by your imagination.  Pastry fillings are perfect—and you can buy them from Prepared Pantry with whom I affiliate—but you can use pudding, pie filling, ice cream, and more.  Use any fruit that you want.  They also have over 30 kinds of pancake syrups and desserts sauces to choose from.  Or make your own.

It’s easy to top them with a spray can of whipped cream.  It’s more fun to make flavored whipped cream—from caramel nut to chocolate to strawberry cheesecake whipped cream.  How about a peanut butter hot fudge sundae made like this:

Hot Fudge Sundae Pannekoeken Desserts

  1. Make either chocolate or vanilla dessert cups.
  2. While they are still warm, load them with vanilla ice cream.
  3. Drizzle them generously with hot fudge sauce.
  4. Sprinkle them with salted chopped peanuts.
  5. Top them with a scoop of chunky peanut butter whipped cream.

Yes, you can make whipped cream with chunky peanut butter—with more peanuts thrown in for good measure.  (The picture on the right has whipped cream from a spray can—we were being lazy.  Peanut butter whipped cream is much better

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About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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