Recipe: Holland America Line’s Dutch Apple Pancakes with Maple Flavored Honey and Carnival’s Bacon Manhattan Cocktail

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Today is National Pancake Day! Also known as Johnnycakes, griddle cakes or hotcakes, this batter-made breakfast item dates back more than 30,000 years. The pancake can make the morning meal for some, and for others it may be considered the perfect breakfast dessert. If you like fruit in your pancake, you’ll want to check out Holland America Line’s Dutch Apple Pancakes with Maple Flavored Honey paired with Carnival’s Bacon Manhattan Cocktail. Good morning sunshine!

Dutch Apple Pancakes with Maple Flavored Honey Holland America Line


Maple Honey 

  • ½ Cup Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup Honey 


  • 1 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted, plus extra for cooking
  • 2 Medium Apples, peeled, halved and cored; plus 2 more for garnish


For the Maple Honey 

  • Combine maple syrup and honey in a small serving pitcher, gently stir until mixed. Reserve. 

For the Pancakes 

  • Sift flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Put eggs into a medium mixing bowl and beat until frothy.
  •  Add milk to eggs and beat well.
  • Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Stir in 3 tablespoons of the melted butter.
  • Using the large holes on a box grater, grate 2 apples into the batter, and stir just to combine.
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat and swirl in some butter.
  • When the butter is hot but not yet brown, make 2 –3 pancakes at a time by ladling ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake.
  • Cook until bubbles form on tops of pancakes and bottoms turn golden, 2 – to 3 minutes.
  • Flip pancakes and continue cooking until bottoms are golden and centers are cooked through, about 2 minutes more.
  • Repeat the process, adding more butter to the pan as necessary. Serve pancakes drizzled with maple honey. 


  • Peel, core and slice the remaining 2 apples into wedges, and sauté in butter with a little sugar until lightly browned.
  •  Serve alongside the pancakes.

Tip: Loosely stack freshly-made waffles, pancakes, or French toast on a baking sheet in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the stack with damp paper towels so they stay warm and don’t dry out. That way everyone can be served at the same time. – Steve Kirsch, Director, Culinary Operation. 

Yields: 8 – 10 Medium Pancakes

Bacon Manhattan Cocktail Carnival Cruise Line


  • 2 oz Bacon infused whiskey
  • 1.5 oz sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters a couple of drops
  • Bacon strip Garnish
  • US Customary - Metric


  • Combine the bacon-infused whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a shaker
  • Shake and strain into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a strip of well-cooked bacon

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