Dining in? Try making a local favorite; How to make “pan bati”

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(Oranjestad)—If you’re ever up for an Aruban snack, try making another Aruban classic appetizer called Pan Bati. Similar to a pancake both in appearance and cooking, this is a super easy meal that adults and children will both enjoy. Here’s how to make it!

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 cup grams of fine cornmeal (we recommend the Harina PAN brand)

2 tbsp baking powder

1 1/3 cup of milk

1 pinch of salt

2 tbsp of granulated sugar

Oil for cooking

Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl first, and stir until well mixed. Then add the milk and beat until reached a pancake-like consistency. If more moister is needed, add some water until reached desired consistency.

In a hot pan with oil, pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan. Just like pancakes, flip the pan bati when one side turns golden brown. When your pan bati is ready, place on a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel.

Traditionally, pan bati is cut in triangle pieces, and is often eaten as a side dish with soup, fried fish or stews. However, it is also casually enjoyed with some butter and cheese on top!