|Place of origin||Netherlands|
|Main ingredient(s)||Batter (yeast, buckwheat flour)|
Poffertjes (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpɔfərtjəs] ( )) 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, spongy texture. Typically, poffertjes are served with powdered sugar and butter, and sometimes syrup.
Mainly in the colder seasons, temporary stands selling poffertjes are quite popular, and sell portions containing one or two dozen of them. Usually the cook prepares them freshly for the customer. 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.
Almost all Dutch supermarkets (like Albert Heijn and Dirk, C1000, Lidl & Jumbo) 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 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.
- Æbleskiver, a similar Danish dish
- Paniyaram, a similar dish from the south of India that comes in sweet and savory varieties
- Takoyaki, a similar but savory Japanese dish
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