Make Classic Dutch Poffertjes for Brunch or Dessert

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Poffertjes with butter and powdered sugar. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht
    20 mins
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These petite puffy pancakes, made with a mixture of buckwheat and regular flours and yeast for a fluffier texture, are a classic Dutch treat.

They are often sold from street stalls in Amsterdam, and they are one of the five "can't-miss Amsterdam eats," says fodors.com. These pancakes are joined on Fodor's list by cheese, a gooey waffle treat, herring and Indonesian food -- impressive company.

These tiny pancakes are baked in a special poffertjes pan, which has about a dozen or so tiny indentations. They are a terrific choice for Sunday brunch, a lazy lunch or a comforting dessert. What to drink with these mini pancakes? Coffee, of course -- no contest -- whether you take it strong and black or loaded up with sugar and cream. The Netherlands tops the list of coffee consumption per day, with the U.S. trailing way behind at No. 16, according to a Quartz.com survey of coffee drinking around the world.

This easy recipe is just about foolproof and offers two choices for tasty toppings -- the traditional option, melted butter and sieved powdered sugar, or the glammed-up version with strawberries and whipped cream.

What You'll Need

  • 1 level teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Good-quality butter (to serve)
  • Powdered sugar (to serve)
  • Strawberries (to serve, optional)
  • Whipped cream (to serve,​ optional)

How to Make It

Make the Batter

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1 tablespoon milk in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, white flour, eggs, sugar, salt, half the warm milk (5/8 cup), and the yeast and milk mixture. Whisk the ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the remaining warm milk and beat again.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest for an hour.

Make the Poffertjes

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying or poffertjes pan.
  1. When the butter starts to sizzle, add teaspoonfuls of the batter in circular movements to create the mini pancakes.
  2. Turn the poffertjes around as soon as the bottom has set, using two forks.
  3. Serve the pancakes with the best quality butter you can find and sieved powdered sugar.
  4. For a sweeter treat, serve these mini pancakes with strawberries, whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Tips

If you happen to have a poffertjes pan -- usually a cast iron pan with a dozen or so indentations -- this is the best pan to use for this recipe. But if you do not have one, a regular skillet works fine.