Dutch Pancakes | Poffertje Recipe!

Dutch Pancakes!
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With a few weeks off travels back at home in Tasmania to attend a few of my friends’ weddings, I decided to look back at my travel photos to get busy in the kitchen recreating some of my favourite dishes I have tried around the world. With my boyfriend as the taste tester, I transported him to the Netherlands for a dutch feast in the form of poffertjes, one of my all time favourite treats from Europe!

Poffertjes (or Dutch pancakes) are miniature pancakes that can be served with all sorts of different toppings depending on your tastebuds – like fresh fruit and whipped cream or icing sugar and lemon juice. They taste light and spongey, but with a generous dose of icing sugar and ice cream they just melt in your mouth!

So, what are you waiting for! Here’s how to recreate poffertjes at home (that taste as good as they do in the Netherlands!)

Dutch Pancakes Recipe | World of Wanderlust

The poffertjes are incredibly easy to make and with so much room for creativity (the toppings really make the taste of the dish!), there really is no way you can go wrong if you offer your guests options.

But first things first – the batter. After mixing together all of the ingredients it is important to allow the mixture to stand for at least an hour, so it can thicken and become a perfect texture to cook through in the pan.

For cooking, the best option is to purchase an actual poffertje pan (with small circles in the base for cooking perfection), though if you’re like me and live in a small town, that might not be available for purchase! If not you can still use any ordinary fry pan to cook the pancakes in, though be sure to first spoon the mixture into a sauce bottle to make for easier portion servings to cook with.

Dutch Pancakes Recipe | World of Wanderlust

Once you start cooking the poffertjes, continue to place them on a plate and build a generous stack ofΒ 15-25 before completing with toppings. For my serving, I decided to top the poffertjes with raspberry jam, oodles of icing sugar, crumbled walnuts and fresh whipped cream – YUM!

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Dutch Pancakes | Poffertjes
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
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These light and fluffy miniature pancakes are great for an indulgent lunch, dinner or dessert! Be sure to top with plenty of sugar goodness - the more the merrier!
  • 500g self-raising flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 800ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • butter or coconut oil to brush the pan
  • fresh fruit, icing sugar, whipped cream and ice cream to serve!
  1. Sift flour in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, Combine milk, eggs and vanilla extract and mix together.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the flour and beat well for 3-5 minutes, until the batter is light and fluffy. Cover with clingwrap and stand batter for an hour at room temperature.
  4. Pour batter into an unused, clean sauce bottle.
  5. Heat the pan at low-medium heat.
  6. Brush pan with a generous dose of butter or oil.
  7. When the oil is hot, squeeze the batter into the pan in small doses.
  8. When bubbles start appearing in the batter, flip over each pancake gently (it is much easier than you think!)
  9. Cook this side for 2-3 minutes and slide the pancakes onto a plate.
  10. Serve with oodles of toppings and plenty of icing sugar!

Dutch Pancakes Recipe | World of Wanderlust

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    March 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Yum, these look great. I just had them for the first time during my recent trip to New Zealand. I’ll have to try to recreate them when I return home from my travels. Thanks Brooke.

    February 29, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Great to hear that you love poffertjes so much! My favourite way to serve them is with icing sugar and peach tree liqueur πŸ™‚

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    February 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I’m Dutch but have emigrated from the Netherlands and soooo missing(/going to make) this right now,

    February 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    They look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    February 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Wow they looking delicious! This is one of my favorite things to eat as a Dutchie:)

    February 22, 2016 at 11:32 am

    These look amazing!!!


    February 21, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Oh wow, these look delicious!

    February 20, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Wow it seems so easy to do ! I definitely need to try this.

    I ate it once at the universal exposition in Milano this year, they had a restaurant with all the specialties from the Netherlands and I loved it !

    Thank you for sharing.

    Kenza from

    February 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Those look so delicious even without any toppings!

    February 19, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Look delicious πŸ™‚
    Maria V.

    Shannon Off Duty
    February 19, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I’m going to try this! I really enjoy your cooking posts:)

    February 19, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Love eating poffertjes! πŸ™‚

    February 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    This makes me so happy! As a Dutchie, I absolutely adore poffertjes. β™₯

    February 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I’m literally heading to Amsterdam today!! So excited to try these and make them when I get home! Awesome timing :] <3

    The Velvet Runway
    February 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I can’t wait to try them. πŸ™‚

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    February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am


    February 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    These look so good! And just the right size to not get too stuffed at breakfast <3

    February 18, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Delicious! I am a Dutch girl and I love poffertjes! Nice to read on your blog!

    • Brooke Saward
      February 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Aw thanks Darina! They are so so delicious πŸ™‚ x

    February 18, 2016 at 7:34 am

    These look delicious!

  • Brooke Saward
    February 18, 2016 at 7:27 am

    This dish is INCRED! Please tag me in your recreations πŸ™‚