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Dutch delight: the ultimate poffertjes mini pancakes recipe

17 Jun 2024
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serving size: 4 persons

Embrace the charm of Dutch cuisine with this traditional poffertjes recipe. Often referred to as Dutch mini pancakes, poffertjes are a beloved treat in the Netherlands and beyond, with their fluffy texture and sweet, buttery flavor. This easy recipe for poffertjes allows you to bring the fun of Dutch cooking to your own kitchen.

Ingrediënts for Dutch mini pancakes

    1. 2 cups buckwheat flour
    2. 2 cups wheat flour
    3. 4 teaspoons instant yeast
    4. 2 large eggs
    5. 2 1/2 cups warm milk
    6. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    7. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    8. A pinch of salt
    9. Butter or oil
Step-by-step recipe for poffertjes
Step 1. Mix the dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.

Step 2. Mix it up

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs and combine with the warm milk and melted butter.

Step 3. Let it rest

Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix while whisking, until a smooth batter forms. Let it rest for 1 hour.

Step 4. Heat and grease

Preheat your cast iron poffertjes pan over medium heat and lightly grease with clarified butter or oil.

Step 5. Fill the poffertjes pan

Pour the batter into the pan's dimples, filling them about halfway.

Step 6. Bake away!

Cook until bubbles appear and the bottoms are golden brown, then flip to cook the other side.

Step 7. This is how to keep the poffertjes warm

Keep cooked poffertjes warm in the oven while you cook the remaining batches.

Tips for the best poffertjes

  1. Use a piping bag or a bottle with a spout for more precision when filling the dimples.
  2. Poffertjes are best when warm and fresh, so serve them immediately with icing sugar and a knob of butter.
  3. Try varying the batter by adding some vanilla sugar or cinnamon, for example.


Ready to make these mini Dutch pancakes?

This poffertjes recipe is your gateway to authentic Dutch flavor – a delight for all ages. Whether serving them up for a celebratory breakfast, a snack, or dessert, these mini pancakes are sure to impress your guests. And the key to success? The tastiest poffertjes are made with our cast iron Dutch mini pancakes pan!