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The Poffertjes We Know In Indonesia
Poffertjes are mini Dutch pancakes that have a fluffy and light texture. They’re such little delights that melt in your mouth, and with the sprinkle of icing sugar that gives the right sweetness.
And this cute little pancake is one of the Dutch influences in Indonesian cuisine.
A long time ago there were not many people who knew about these delicious sweets. Only those who lived in big cities seemed to know about them. Now, decades later, these Dutch mini pancakes have become popular among the Indonesian culinary community.
The poffertjes that I used to enjoy (when I was living in Indonesia) had a similar flavour as American pancakes with a soft and spongy texture. They’re like little gems that melt in your mouth.
And you enjoy them warm with butter and a generous sprinkle of icing sugar. A perfect choice to brighten your morning breakfast or to accompany your afternoon tea (or coffee??).
This poffertjes recipe uses the easiest items from your pantry. Plain flour (all-purpose flour), eggs, instant dried yeast, milk, butter, granulated sugar and salt are what you need. And some extra butter and icing sugar at the serving.
So they’re pretty basic ingredients, right?
Everything is so simple and straightforward. All you do is just put the dry ingredients i.e. flour, sugar, dried yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then whisk the eggs and milk in a jug until both are emulsified.
Next, you pour the egg mixture into the flour bowl and mix everything as quickly and carefully as you can. Try not to stir or whisk too long.
Once the batter is smooth, you let it rest for at least 20 minutes before you start cooking.
Preheat your poffertjes mould at medium-high heat.
Note here, I use takoyaki pan as I didn’t know how and what poffertjes mould pan I can get there in the UK. But I find the takoyaki pan is sufficient and does a very good job to make poffertjes.
Back to the cooking.
When your pan is hot and ready, turn the heat down. Then add the melted butter to the pancake batter. Stir well..
Brush each cavity of the mould pan with melted butter. And carefully fill the pan with the batter and leave it to cook for about 1-2 minutes until the bottom forms a firm skin. Using a toothpick or a skewer, pick and move the poffertjes around then leave it for a minute to firm up. Keep moving all the pancakes until they are fully cooked and have a roundish shape.
But don’t worry if you can’t get them to fully round shape. It’s their taste that is more important.
How You Store And Reheat
Just like any pancakes, the best to enjoy these poffertjes is when they’re still warm. Serve them with a knob of butter and a generous sprinkle of icing sugar.
When they go cold, you can always warm them up in a microwave for about 10 seconds.
If you want, you can make them in bulk and store them in a good quality ziplock bag then freeze them. Take some out whenever you fancy having them, and reheat them in the microwave.
They keep well for about 2 months in the freezer.
When To Enjoy The Little Fluffy Pancakes
Though I used to have these poffertjes as an afternoon snack along with my cup of coffee (or tea), many people enjoy them as desserts. You can see it on the menu of restaurants in Indonesia. They include poffertjes in their dessert section.
However, now I sometimes make the batter at night and keep it in the fridge overnight. On the following morning, I then cook them into those mouthwatering little pancakes for our breakfast. And I often serve them with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup instead. Though my sons prefer having them with their favourite chocolate spread.
Thank you for reading the post. Hope you’re now wanting to try this Poffertjes recipe. When you do, it will be great if you could share what you think about it in the comments below.
Before you go, don’t forget to check out my other Indonesian snacks and sweets recipes.
- Klepon – Indonesian glutinous rice balls with palm sugar and coconut.
- Martabak Manis – the Indonesian sweet thick pancake.
- Gemblong – Indonesian sweet treat made with glutinous rice.
- Bubur Kacang Hijau – the Indonesian sweet mung bean dessert.
Thank you and all the best.