The best pancakes or poffertjes recipe

Updated on 28 Jul 2023
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Poffertjes and pancakes, who doesn’t love them? I certainly do. And the great thing about them is also, they are incredibly easy to make. There are just a few things you need to pay attention to. Even though poffertjes are basically mini pancakes, there are definitely differences in preparation.

With a pancake recipe you won’t make poffertjes and vice versa. That’s why today I am sharing with you the secrets of poffertjes and pancakes. I will give you the best recipe for both, along with some tips on how to prepare them in the most delicious way!


This recipe will have you making a delicious full plate of poffertjes in less than half an hour. Yummy with a knob of butter and a generous dusting of powdered sugar. I love them. Herewith the best recipe for poffertjes! You need:

  • 300 milliliters of milk
  • 250 grams of flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • butter and powdered sugar

So, not much special. And this is how you go about it!


Mix all the ingredients well with a whisk. Heat your poffertjes pan. When it is nice and hot you can grease all the dimples with a little butter. This is important. If the pan is not well greased you have a good chance that your poffertjes will burn. Of course, that is certainly not the intention.

Make use of a dispensing bottle. This makes it easier to dose into all the dimples. Fill each dimple to the top. Turn the poffertjes over with a fork when they are golden brown and let them fry on the bottom for the same amount of time again.

Fry the poffertjes for about 3 minutes per side. Serve these with a knob of butter and powdered sugar! By the way, I should add that the preparation method may vary depending on the type of cooking equipment you have.


Then on to the pancakes. Because yes, there is a difference. Poffertjes batter is different. Poffertjes, in fact, need to rise much more, because they need to thicken to really work properly. There are similarities, yet some differences. You need:

  • 300 grams of wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 500 milliliters of milk
  • 30 grams of butter (unsalted)


First, sift the flour with the salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs and then half of the milk and whisk to make a smooth batter. Then pour in the rest of the milk and then beat everything again until smooth. Then cover the bowl with cling film and then let the batter stand for about 30 minutes. Next, grab a frying pan and preheat it with a knob of butter.

The frying pan should have a diameter of about 20 centimeters and here you scoop a ladle of batter into it. After this, you should rotate the pan several times until the whole bottom is covered. Let the pancake bake for around 3 minutes on medium heat until the bottom is golden brown and the top is dry. Then you should flip the pancake and let it bake for the same amount of time as the other side. Again, the ideal duration may vary by type of cooking equipment.

Et voila! Delicious pancakes have never been so easy to make!

Some super tips

Then finally, a few more tips. There are some practical details you can look out for to make your pancakes even more delicious!

  • Use the best pan you have at home. You bake delicious pancakes in the best pan you have at your disposal. That’s when they cook the best and become the tastiest.
  • Bake them in a hot pan. Sounds logical, in practice less obvious. In fact, this has turned out to be one of the best and most effective tips, even for me. Pancakes fry in a pan that you let get well hot. This prevents the first pancake from failing. In addition, the egg then solidifies better and then your pancakes will be the most delicious!
  • Let the batter rest for a while. This gives the gluten contained in the batter a little more time to make connections with each other. So don’t be too hasty. 2.5 hours in the refrigerator is not uncommon here. This however the optimum, the minimum is 1 hour. If you do this, not only do they taste better, they get prettier!

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