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Classic Poffertjes (Pancake Puffs)

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Classic Poffertjes (Pancake Puffs)

Traditional Poffertjes

Photo © Karin Engelbrecht
Otherwise known as poffertjes, these baby pancake puffs are traditionally served with melted butter and sieved powdered sugar. Perfect for Sunday brunch, a lazy lunch or dessert.


  • 1 level tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour (100 g)
  • 1 cup flour (100 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk (250 ml)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • -----------
  • Good quality butter and powdered sugar to serve


In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk. In a separate bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, salt and half the milk. Whisk smooth. Now add the remaining milk and beat again.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest for an hour.

Melt butter in a frying pan. When it sizzles, add teaspoonfuls of the batter in circular movements to create the mini pancakes. Turn the poffertjes around as soon as the bottom has set, using two forks.

Serve Pancake Puffs with the best quality butter you can find and sieved powdered (icing) sugar.

Serves 4.


If you happen to have a poffertjes pan (usually a cast iron pan with a dozen or so indentations) please do use it, but I really don't think a special shopping trip is required. I have managed to make perfectly good poffertjes without the special pan on many an occasion.

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 4 out of 5
Simply delicious, Member Lemongrassandcoriander

Although this is not on the Breakfast menu in the Netherlands, it is at our home.... I love my poffertjes on a Sunday morning with a cup of strong coffee. This is a fool-proof recipe and the end result is equally as delicious as the picture shows you. Especially with the butter and powdered sugar... don't settle for anything less than good butter; it's like the icing on the cake and even better. Poffertjes are easy to make, because they do puff up a special pan is not necessary (although so much fun...) but, use a good size pan so you can fit enough. Serve them with butter and powdered sugar, a serving of fresh strawberries, or puree mixed berries and drizzle over the poffertjes. This recipe is a good one. Try it out.

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