Serves a Crowd

Dutch Chocolate Poffertjes

December  5, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

For a holiday brunch these tiny little Dutch pancakes, called poffertjes, can add a seasonal flair to the table. For best results these are optimally made with a special ebelskivers pan. I like the bittersweet flavor the Dutch chocolate with the Greek yogurt lends to the recipe with just the right balance of sweetness from the honey. You could also substitute a combination of sour cream and buttermilk for the yogurt. Eet smakelijk! - Sagegreen —Sagegreen

Test Kitchen Notes

Sagegreen's Poffertjes are difficult to pronounce, but exceedingly easy to eat. I made them without the optional chocolate chips, and with diced candied ginger substituted for the fresh. The orange complements the cocoa very nicely, and the ginger gives them a little zing. I dusted them with powdered sugar and served maple syrup on the side. My husband's first reaction was "Mmmmmm, wonderful." Like with pancakes, my first couple ended up in the trash but the rest came out quite nicely. If you are new to ebelskivers, definitely start with just a couple at a time until you get the hang of it. I made traditional style pancakes with some of the batter and it worked perfectly so don't hesitate to try this recipe even if you don't have the ebelskiver pan. My husband and I ate most of an entire batch for breakfast, then snacked on the left-over pancakes (they are surprisingly good cold!) —hardlikearmour

What You'll Need
  • 1 3/4 organic white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons acacia or chestnut honey, to taste
  • 2 fluffy eggs, beaten
  • @1 1/3 cups fage/Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest (or grated ginger as an alternative)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau, optional
  • powdered sugar, apricot compote, creme fraiche, mascarpone and Grand Marnier for possible toppings
  • butter (or canola oil) for frying
  1. Sift the first six dry ingredients together into a bowl.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together, including the zest, and optional chips. Blend the wet and dry together. Mix until smooth. Taste the batter to make sure this has the balance of sweet you most enjoy. I prefer this bittersweet. Adjust accordingly.
  3. Heat an ebelskivers pan, nonstick or seasoned, to medium hot. Add a small amount of butter or oil to each compartment. For the holidays I suggest using butter. Ladle in a tablespoonful of batter in each compartment. When golden brown on the bottom of each, gently turn over and brown the other side.
  4. Transfer to a platter and prepare for serving. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve warm with creme fraiche or mascarpone (see mrslarkin's recipe for homemade) spiked with optional Grand Marnier or maple syrup, alongside warm apricot is the holidays, after all. Guten Appetit: Eet smakelijk!

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  • JessicaBakes
  • Sagegreen
  • JoanG
  • aargersi
  • hardlikearmour

8 Reviews

JessicaBakes November 21, 2011
oh my goodness...i was born in the netherlands and these were the stuff of my childhood! at home, whenever pancake batter would drip on the griddle, my dad would call them poffertjes (even though they were just mini pancakes!) so this brings back all kinds of nostalgia for me. thanks for adding!
Sagegreen November 21, 2011
Thanks, JessicaBakes. What wonderful childhood memories!
Sagegreen December 23, 2010
Thanks so much, hardlikearmour, for a lovely review. I am so glad you liked these and got the hang of making them. I had forgotten how good they can be cold, too.
hardlikearmour December 23, 2010
It was my pleasure. It's been awhile since I made ebelskivers, so I had forgotten how high to heat my pan. I was surprised at how well they came out as normal pancakes, too, so I hope people without fancy pans will try them as well!
JoanG December 5, 2010
Chocolate,orange and ginger! yum!
Sagegreen December 7, 2010
Thanks, JoanG!
aargersi December 5, 2010
Fun to make, fun to eat! Love this!!!
Sagegreen December 5, 2010
Thanks, aargesi. Your savory ebelskivers recipe looks wonderful. Love your use of pecorino!