Mini Dutch pancakes (poffertjes)

    1 hour 12 minutes

    Poffertjes are often referred to as "miniature Dutch pancakes" and this is what I prefer to call them. A purist may want to take issue with this because Poffertjes and pancakes have little in common other than that they share a common ancestry. However, they are easy to make (get yourself a cast iron plate) and good fun for kids and adults alike. Give them a try.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 125 grams plain flour
    • 125 grams buckwheat flour
    • 1 large egg
    • 250 ml full cream milk
    • 150 ml water
    • 15 grams fresh yeast
    • 50 grams melted butter
    • Some Salt (if butter is unsalted)

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2min  ›  Extra time:1hour rising  ›  Ready in:1hour12min 

    1. You will need a special poffertjes pan with 3 cm dimples in it. (If you don't have one yet then Google "mini Dutch pancakes".
    2. Dissolve the yeast in 3 tablespoons lukewarm milk.
    3. Mix the plain and buckwheat flour.
    4. Add the milk and yeast.
    5. Make a smooth batter (you can use the water to thin the batter as it should be runny - but not too runny).
    6. Stir through the salt, melted butter and the egg.
    7. Cover the batter with a cloth and let the yeast go to work for about an hour. Place your bowl in a sunny position to help the yeast do its work and make sure your bowl is big enough to avoid a spill-over!
    8. Heat your poffertjes pan and grease it with a bit of butter with a cooking brush.
    9. Pour your batter quickly into each hole. This is the easiest in a squeeze bottle or a jug.
    10. Turn you mini pancake with a fork and/or skewer once the top is starting to dry a bit.
    11. Leave for another 1 minute until golden brown and simply plate them.


    Eat the mini pancakes hot! Traditionally, you add a lump of butter and burry the pancakes in icing sugar. Alternatively, you can serve your mini pancakes with caramel, chocolate or strawberry sauce or just get creative.

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    My favourite.. not being biased because I'm dutch born.. I just love them anyway...  -  30 Aug 2012