Easy Dutch mini pancakes recipe (poffertjes) – No Yeast

Posted: February 19, 2018 Last updated: January 13, 2024
Easy Dutch mini pancakes recipe (poffertjes) – No Yeast
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Poffertjes are very famous in the Netherlands and are also called Dutch mini pancakes. I have the perfect easy 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 very often, but I absolutely love them. I’m talking about poffertjes, of course. Delicious little fluffy pancakes with a bit of a spongy texture. Serve with a some powdered sugar and a small knob of butter, the best way you can eat them. It’s a traditional Dutch treat, loved by many.

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 traditional Dutch poffertjes with you!

TIP: Do you love Dutch recipes? Here you can find all of my Dutch baking recipes.

Someone once asked me if you could compare poffertjes to American pancakes, but I think these are two total different things. I see them as two total different recipes.

Where to eat poffertjes in the Netherlands?

If you go to a market, fair or theme park you’ll definitely find a stand where they make fresh poffertjes. It’s popular street food in the Netherlands.

You’ll get a small paper plate with a portion of poffertjes and they will do some generous dusting with icing sugar. They’ll serve a wooden fork with the poffertjes to enjoy them.

Some stands will have a place to sit, in those cases you’ll get a proper plate and cutlery instead of the paper one.

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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.

Questions about Dutch mini pancakes

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.

If you want to make poffertjes in a normal frying pan, just melt some butter and use a piping bag or squeeze bottle to drop small amounts of batter in the pan. They will look like small and flat mini pancakes, but should taste just as good.

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.

Substitute options for poffertjes

How can I make gluten-free poffertjes?

You can replace the all purpose flour with buckwheat flour. The batter could be a bit thicker, so feel free to add a little more milk if needed.

How can I make dairy free poffertjes?

Replace the milk by almond milk or oatmilk. And don’t forget to use margarine or another kind of dairy free 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 without yeast at home!
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

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

Extra's

  • Melted butter to grease your pan
  • Powdered sugar to serve

Equipment

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt and whisk these dry ingredients together.  
  • Then, add the wet ingredients (make sure they are on room temperature): milk and eggs and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • This kind of pancake batter is a bit thicker, so you could use a piping bag. Personally, I found that a piping bag or squeeze bottle with a large enough opening works best for poffertjes batter.
  • 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 or wooden skewer. 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 with butter and bake them all in that nice golden brown color.
  • Serve the poffertjes immediately or place them on a large platter. Cover this plate with another plate or aluminum foil to keep them warm.
  • Serve the poffertjes with some icing sugar and a cube of butter.
Tips

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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