About year ago I sold a beautiful cast-iron pan that I erroneously thought was for escargot. A few months after I sold it I discovered that it was actually meant for poffertjes – a Dutch dessert, similar to a small, fat crumpet – and this Christmas when we were in Holland for the day I got to try them out for the first time – OH-MY-WORD!!!! Delicious doesn’t come anywhere near close to describe the taste sensation! That being said, the ones we tried were laced with booze (Christmas spirit and all that), but still, absolutely delicious!! So when I found a second poffertje pan recently, I knew we had to try it out before we sold it! There’s a Dutch bakery quite close to us in Joburg that, as luck would have it, sells the ready-made mixture for poffertjes. So last weekend Justin and I gorged on poffertjes! The mixture was clearly designed for a family of twelve because we nearly made ourselves ill trying to get through it all (waste not ,want not!). Our attempts weren’t quite as good as the the ones from Holland (there’s a real skill to flipping the poffertjes over at just the right time!), but still tasted pretty damn fine!
I was sorely tempted to hold onto this pan (I’m not sure when I’ll see another one), but I decided that my hips would not thank me if I was to develop a poffertje habit! Hopefully someone else out there is up to the poffertje challenge – they’ll change your life!
P.S. Click here to watch a video about poffertjes. Personally I prefer them just dusted with castor sugar (and of course melted butter!), but do a bit of research to find your perfect poffertje style, and definitely watch a few videos on how to cook them – there’s a bit of skill there!
Dimensions: 25cm in diameter x 3cm deep; 48cm long (incl. handle)