Poffertjes

Pasted from Deutsche Welle Culture page

I had a plateful of these yummy little pancakes sitting at an open-air cafe on the main square in Haarlem, Netherlands almost 15 years ago. I still remember that snack and the late evening sun – it was almost 10pm and it looked more like 8 pm-ish in New England.

EUROPE’S SWEET TREATS

Dutch poffertjes

Poffertjes are a mini, Dutch-style pancake typically served with powdered sugar and butter. They’re made with flour, eggs and milk, but the secret ingredients are yeast and buckwheat flour which give them a light, spongy texture. You can buy the traditional treats readymade in supermarkets, but when the weather is cold they’re also sold by street vendors who’ll cook them while you wait.

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4 Responses to Poffertjes

  1. lanceleuven says:

    They look delicious! I have been to Haarlem but clearly I didn’t properly investigate all the local delights!

    • suzykewct says:

      Haarlem is a gem of a town whatever you find to do there. I think these little pancakes can be found all over the Netherlands. I even got introduced to stroopwafels by accident – a packet of two was one of the choices at the Haarlem train station vending machine! Who knew?

  2. Elena says:

    Sounds delicious, is it similar as ebleskivers? I have a special pan to make them, but having this treat in Haarlem in the evening is a lot more appealing.

    • suzykewct says:

      Yes they are similar, but flatter. I think there is a special pan to make these. There is a little food shop near Litchfield, CT that sells the pans and also a box mix for them, among many other delights. We should go there one of these days.

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