Dutch Mini Pancakes (poffertjes)


What's not to love about pancakes? Especially these Dutch mini pancakes, in Holland we call them poffertjes. Cute, fluffy and totally delicious

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Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes)
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2015-04-28, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 20 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 25-07-2023

20 minutes 4 people Desserts
Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes)


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  • 250 grams of all-purpose flour (2 cups of flour)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 350 ml (whole) milk (1.3 cups)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 sachet dry yeast (about 7 grams)
  • 1 egg
  • dairy butter
  • powdered sugar for serving
Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes) ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Bowl & whisk or stand mixer & whisk attachment
  • Mini pancake pan ("Poffertjes pan")
  • Fork
  • Piping-bag
  • Silicone kitchen brush
  • Clean kitchen towel

Dutch Mini Pancakes (poffertjes)

20 minutes 4 people Desserts

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We've did some research on the web, and found out that 1) there is no real translation for "poffertjespan" and 2) it's something so typically dutch, it's not being sold everywhere in the world. You can make these dutch mini pancakes without an actual poffertjespan, but they probably won't look as good as in the picture.

They are still very tasty though! you can buy a poffertjespan from stores like amazon, to get the authentic result: 

Dutch poffertjes pan
Dutch poffertjes pan

Preparation -- 10 minutes + waiting time

Heat the milk until it's a little bit warmer than lukewarm. Remove from the heat and mix in the sugar and yeast. Wait until the mixture becomes foamy, this will take about 5 to 10 minutes.

Come the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a regular mixing bowl. Slowly add the yeast mixture and egg and whisk until you've reached a smooth batter.

Cover the bowl with a clean damp kitchen towel and let it rest for about an hour. Or until the volume has doubled.  

Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes)
Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes)

Making the Dutch mini pancakes -- 10 minutes

Pour the batter into a disposable piping bag without a nozzle. Heat your 'poffertjespan' on medium heat and brush some butter into the pan. As soon as the butter is hot, pipe the batter into the pan.

Be careful not to use too much batter per pancake. Flip the 'poffertjes' after about one minute, or until golden brown. Serve them hot with some butter and powdered sugar.

Enjoy our authentic dutch mini pancakes, hope you love them as much as we do!

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