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Poffertjes

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Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch batter treat. Resembling small, fluffy pancakes, they are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. Unlike American pancakes, they have a light, spongey texture. Typically, poffertjes are served with powdered sugar and butter.

Mainly in the colder seasons, temporary stands selling poffertjes are quite popular, and sell portions containing one or two dozen of them. Sometimes the cook prepares them freshly for you. They are sold on a small cardboard (sometimes plastic) plate and come with a small disposable fork the size of a pastry fork.

Poffertjes are not difficult to prepare, but a special cast iron pan or copper pan (also available in aluminium with Teflon coating) with several shallow indentations in the bottom is required.

Some supermarkets sell ready-made poffertjes that only need to be microwaved, and are sold complete with a sachet of powdered sugar and a small serving of dairy butter. Supermarkets also stock mixes for poffertjes, to which only eggs and milk need to be added. Usually they contain some kind of leavening agent like baking powder.

They can also be served with other sweet garnishes, such as stroop (syrup), slagroom (whipped cream) or aardbeien (strawberries), for added flavor.

Poffertjes is also familiar in Indonesian cuisine through its historical ties as the former Dutch colony. Poffertjes is thought to be related to and to have influenced Indonesian kue cubit.


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References

Poffertjes, en.wikipedia.org

How to make poffertjes aka dutch mini pancakes, www.kitchenbutterfly.com

Pancake Puffs (Poffertjes) with Strawberries & Cream, dutchfood.about.com