Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes)

February 19, 2018 Last updated: August 1, 2023
Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes)

Poffertjes are very famous in the Netherlands and are also called Dutch mini pancakes. I have the perfect poffertjes recipe for you to make at home. You probably already have the ingredients, so you can get started right away.

Dutch poffertjes

I don’t eat them often, but how I love them. I’m talking about poffertjes, of course. Delicious with a little powdered sugar and a little butter, just as they should be.

My mom used to bake poffertjes for us to eat during school vacations. I recently bought a cast-iron poffertjes pan so that I could make them at home, and so today I am sharing the basic recipe for poffertjes with you!

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What is the best poffertjes pan?

Personally, I have a cast-iron poffertjes 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.

Both are good options, it really just depends on where your personal preference lies.

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Can you make poffertjes without a poffertjes pan?

Theoretically you can bake them in a pan, the taste will be no less. Of course, they will not have the usual shape of poffertjes and that is part of the taste experience if you ask me.

Is this a poffertjes recipe without yeast?

Yes, this 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).

Can I store the batter?

No, I would not do that (considering the effect of the baking powder). It is better to bake all the poffertjes and heat them up the next day (or freeze them) or make the batter again.

My poffertjes were dry, how is that possible?

It’s possible that you baked them too long, which causes the poffertjes to dry out. It could also be that you need to grease the poffertjes pan with a little more butter.


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Poffertjes recipe (Dutch mini pancakes)

Poffertjes, who doesn't know this Dutch delicacy? With this basic recipe, you can easily make the most delicious poffertjes at home!
Servings: 6 servings


  • 250 grams of all purpose flour
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300 ml milk
  • 2 eggs

Extra nodig

  • Melted butter to grease your pan
  • Powdered sugar



  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk together. Add the milk and eggs and mix until smooth.
  • Poffertjes batter is a bit thicker, so you could use a piping bag. Personally, I found that a piping bag or bottle with a large enough opening works best.
  • Place the poffertjes pan on the stove (medium heat) so that it is well heated. Heat a piece of butter in another pan. When it is melted, use a brush to grease the frying pan.
  • Fill the holes 2/3 full with batter. If bubbles appear at the top, you can easily turn them over with a fork. Will they not come off? Wait a few moments, and when they are just right, you can easily turn them over.
  • Grease the pan for each round of poffertjes.
  • Serve the poffertjes immediately or place them on a large platter. Cover this plate with another plate or foil to keep them warm.
  • Serve the poffertjes with some powdered sugar and a cube of butter.

If necessary, start with half a plate to get used to the speed of making poffertjes. After all, you'll have to work pretty fast to make sure they don't get too dark.
How to store

Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to two days. Heat briefly when serving.

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