In Praise of Poffertjes

Somehow, despite the number of years we’ve been here, we had never gotten around to trying poffertjes. I’ve been familiar with them since our first year here and have seen bags of them for sale in the grocery store, and restaurants set up at the summer kermis (fair) dedicated to them, but somehow we’d never tried them. Then, a few weeks ago, I saw that this year, Neude would be home to a poffertjessalon this winter season. I knew the time had come to finally try them.

What are poffertjes? They’re sort of like mini pancakes (silver dollar size, for my American readers), but puffier. They come topped with butter and lots of powdered sugar. You can get other additions, as well, including a few liquor options such as rum and advocaat.
Sorry for the less than stellar photo, but we dived straight in when the plate arrived and I was lucky to remember to get even one photo before they were all gone. They’re really tasty, without being overly sweet, despite all the powdered sugar. They reminded me a little bit of the beignets I used to eat in New Orleans at Café du Monde.
For a temporary structure that is put up and taken down to travel around, it’s surprisingly nice inside. There are rows of long tables with tablecloths and centerpieces, and the décor is full of old-fashioned charm. The poffertjes are made at the very front of the structure, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of it. They’re made in a special pan with shallow holes specifically for the poffertjes. You can get small pans for home use, but the stalls use large table-size pans. You can see an example (and read more about the poffertjes) here.
Now that I know just how good they are, I’m sorry we waited so long to try them!

7 thoughts on “In Praise of Poffertjes

  1. Our outdoor Xmas Market always has a Dutch stall. I always make a point of calling in. What do they sell? Tiny pancakes to be dusted with sugar, cinnamon and other such goodies.
    Now I know what they are!!

    • In looking for photos of the special pans, I did see some xmas stalls with signs that said something about Small Dutch Pancakes, so I figured they’d spread to other areas. And indeed, now you know their proper name! If you haven’t tried them, you should. 🙂

  2. Nom nom nom… I’ve always been a fan of poffertjes, because somehow, they’re not too sweet, just like you said. They are delicious with melted, slightly salted butter. I actually have a round,cast-iron traditional poffertjes pan. Never used it though, but maybe I will this year!

  3. HI Alison, next time you buy poffertjes at the supermarket and there are some leftovers, serve them as a fancy snack. Make warm, put some sour cream or creme fraiche on them and put some smoked salmon on top. MIni blini’s.

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