Just because you find a bow and arrow in your basement doesn’t mean you should become a bow hunter. Just because you inherit two chainsaws from your long forgotten uncle doesn’t mean you should take up chainsaw juggling. Having the tools to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea.
If you find yourself in the possession of a poffertje pan, don’t assume it’s a good idea to make poffertjes. I have my reasons:
Reason Number One
The poffertje pan is cast iron. I can’t use it on my glass stove top, so instead I tried it on my barbecue. It didn’t work so well. Then, I balanced it precariously upon my backpacking stove. This worked even less well. In fact, the experience brought a degree of frustration which I had not experienced since my last attempt at country line-dancing.
Reason Number Two
They’re just basically miniature pancakes. I like pancakes. In fact, Shrove Tuesday is the 27th most important day on my calendar each and every year, just behind Robbie Burns Day and just before International Doghouse Repair Day. How can you not love great wads of batter fried in oil and covered in syrup, whipped cream, fruit, or whatever? So, if you love pancakes, instead of making three dozen poffertjes to satisfy your pancake pleasures, why not just make adult-sized pancakes? The cuteness factor of the poffertje doesn’t make up for all of that extra dipping and flipping. Using a regular frying pan for regular-sized pancakes just makes so much more sense.
Of course, some people have to try things themselves to reach their own conclusions. So, if you don’t believe me, go ahead and make poffertjes using the recipe below. Just remember, you’ve been warned.
Traditional Dutch Poffertjes
1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of dried yeast in 1 Tablespoon of warm milk.
2. In another bowl, combine 1 cup of white flour, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 5/8ths of a cup of warm milk. Whisk in the yeast mixture until it is smooth.
3. Add 5/8ths more of warm milk and beat the mixture.
4. Cover this bowl and let it rest for 1 hour.
5. Use your poffertje pan to cook the little devils until they are crisp.
6. To make them tasty, smother them in whatever you like.
7. Sell your poffertje pan on Kijiji.