Dutch mini pancakes?! Oh, yes!! I AM embarrased to mention this, but I will mention it since I have mentioned it ;-). I did not know these cuties existed until about 6-7 years ago when we visited their mother land. In beautiful Holland these cute mini pancakes are street food.
Oh my! How could I not know about these little delicious cuties?!
We used to go to Holland quite a lot, we still do but not as often. Every time we were visiting Holland (sometimes even 3-4 times a year) kids always made sure we would stock up on caramel sauce. I have to admit - it was the best one we ever tasted... until I started my own small ‘homemade production’.
Although we still visit Holland a couple of times a year, we no longer get the caramel sauce. I do make my own at home which is simply amazing. It only takes 15 min or so to make.
I make it and store it in a bottle in the fridge. Guess what? Kids didn’t ever notice the difference, they just loved it. It is caramel sauce ultimately, I know. But for me, even a caramel sauce can be and should be the ‘healthier’ option. Is there such a thing as a healthy caramel sauce?
Difference between caramel sauces... really?
Well, yes, there is a difference. The difference is the sugar used. I always go for cane unrefined one. It a lot better than the heavily processed and bleached caster sugar used in a regular ready bought sauce... that actually makes a difference, might be a tiny difference, but it’s there.
Kids now prefer the homemade sauce and concluded that there is no need to buy the market one any longer. Yayy! Result!
Not to mention that we used to also get many ready mix pancakes packs. We thought were great at the time but truthfully I think these homemade pancakes taste a lot better.
All you’ll really need for making this recipe is the special indented Dutch pancakes pan which is really a must get if you don’t already have one.
Let’s get going with these beautiful and really cute Dutch pancakes ready.
There are two ways of making these pancakes, with or without yeast.
I've opted to write the recipe that contains yeast since it is the original version. I particularly like it because it contains buckwheat flour which I absolutely love.
There isn’t much taste difference between the ones made with yeast to the the ones that are made without.
The real difference is time it takes to make them withe the yeast ones needing some rest time.
Dutch mini pancakes
- 110 g buckwheat flour
- 75 g spelt flour
- 75 g white strong flour
- 2 eggs medium sized and room temperature
- 1 tsp cane sugar
- 8 g dry yeast
- 1/3 tsp salt pink Himalayan
- 390 ml milk needs to be lukewarm
- 1 sachet vanilla sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil melted to grease the pan
- Into a larger bowl, add the three flours, salt and vanilla sugar. Give it all a little whisk to mix them well.
- In a little cup mix the yeast with a little warm milk and the teaspoon of sugar. Mix until yeast and sugar have dissolved. Add this to the flour mix.
- Add the eggs and remaining milk to the flour and yeast mix until it becomes a smooth batter with no lumps. I normally use a whisker or an electric hand mixer to mix the batter. The secret to a smooth lump free batter is to add the milk little by little starting with a thick batter which you gradually thinner by adding more milk until all milk is used.
- Cover the batter with cling film and allow to rest at room temperature or in a sunny spot for 30-45 minutes. Once rested transfer to a measuring jug or a dispenser bottle to avoid mess.
- Heat up the mini pancakes pan (poffertjes) and grease each dentation. Pour the batter in each hole until almost full. Cook the mini pancakes until they start to get golden brown. Flip on the other side and allow to cook for a minute or two. * (see recipe notes for more tips).
- When all done, transfer them on a nice and big plate, get generous with sprinkling powdered sugar, add a knob of butter if fancy and/or a drizzle of caramel sauce. Enjoy!