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Poffertjes are an integral part of national holidays, summer festivals and fun celebrations. During the Christmas and New Year season, you will find poffertjes vendors on every Christmas market, usually right next to that other holiday treat, oliebollen. It is a real treat to get a plate full of these sweet miniature pancakes, covered in sweet powdered sugar and dripping with warm, melted butter!

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Poffertjes are a typically Dutch treat resembling very small, fluffy pancakes. They are a must-eat on national holidays, during summer festivals and other festivities in Holland. In the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period, you can find poffertjes stalls on every Christmas market. Traditionally they are served with powdered sugar and hot melted butter.
Poffertjes are baked in a special pan. Their name is derived from the way they are prepared since the dough puffs up in the pan in the process of baking.


  • 200 ml hot milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 250 grams flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  1. Stir the yeast into the hot milk.
  2. Stir the milk into the flour and eggs little by little, mixing well to avoid lumps. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Cover the batter and leave to rise for 45 to 60 minutes.
  4. Heat the pan, melting a little butter so the batter won’t stick to the pan. Pour about a spoonful of batter into every hollow.
  5. Turn the poffertjes with a fork as soon as bubbles appear on the surface of the batter.
  6. Serve your poffertjes with powdered sugar and some butter, which will melt into gooey deliciousness.