Poffertjes without yeast
Some recipes call for yeast, but I have never used yeast in my batter for mini Dutch pancakes. So, my recipe does not call for yeast.
Originally, poffertjes were made with yeast, but you can make incredibly delicious poffertjes with baking powder! By using baking powder, you don’t have to wait for the batter to rise, you can start baking right away.
Also, I find that many home bakers find the use of yeast a barrier, so it is just as easy to replace it with baking powder. So you can make them just fine with yeast, but in this article I share a recipe for poffertjes without yeast (with baking powder).
What is the best traditional poffertjes pan?
For poffertjes, you’ll need a special poffertjes pan. Personally, I have a special cast iron pan at home that I find the easiest to work with. I use a chunk of butter, prick it with a fork, and use it to grease the pan each time I bake. You can also use a brush and melted butter, but make sure the brush can withstand the heat. I made a mistake about that once 😉 .
There are also electric pans, the advantage of which is that they already have a non-stick coating. You also don’t have to work as fast as you would with a cast iron pan. It’s a bit easier if you make poffertjes for the first time.
Both are good options, it really just depends on where your personal preference lies.
How to serve Dutch mini pancakes?
There is only one traditional way to serve these little pancakes: with icing sugar and a small cube of butter. But it’s totally fine if you like to vary a bit. You could add some cinnamon to the icing sugar for example, you’ll really enjoy it. You could also serve them with Dutch stroop or maple syrup.
I once served my poffertjes with icing sugar and fresh fruit and made skewers out of them. They were a big hit!
Things I never tried, but know for sure are delicious:
- Serve your poffertjes with ice cream
- Make lemon poffertjes by adding soms lemon zest and juice to the batter. To make it a real treat, you could serve them with some cream and lemon curd.
- Replace some of the all purpose flour for cocoa powder for chocolate poffertjes
TIP: We have another traditional pancake recipe in the Netherlands: thin pancakes. I of course share my recipe for traditional Dutch thin pancakes, but also share a lot of other tips and tricks.