Monday, 12 March 2012

Puffed Oven Pancakes

oven, pancakes
Back in Holland, one of my favourite food is Dutch mini pancakes - Poffertjes. They are one of the best pancakes I've ever eaten, even until now. They are soft, fluffy, and still have that slightly chewy texture. I love them with nothing else but a good dusting of icing sugar.

However, as they are mini, they are a pain to make. We have a Poffertjes pan that allow us to make more than a dozen in a go (sorry I can't be bothered to dig out the pan just to count how many I can make), but it is still a big fuss to make them. As I recall, my sister-in-law was all flustered when she made hers hehe.

On the other hand, I also don't really fancy frying up pancakes. I always ended up with a really smokey and greasy kitchen afterwards. And being complaint by hubby about that isn't joy either. So this year's pancake day, although I craved for pancakes, I didn't make any.

oven, pancakes
First batch
This morning, I wanted to use up some of the 'vintage' blueberries I have in the freezer. I didn't have any cream cheese, nor unsalted butter. I only had 2 eggs left and I don't like muffins. I wanted something soft, fluffy and chewy, and an image of a blueberry pancake sprung into mind. But again, I don't want to fry!

So I spent 10 minutes browsing the Net, and I found this - Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes with Berry Sauce. Those just ticked all my boxes! Pancake, berry and oven baked!

I quickly sorted the kids out and stumble flew straight into the kitchen. I followed the recipe, apart from the following:
  • I used weak flour instead (and that's probably why mine raised too high and uneven)
  • I whisked and sieved the batter (although I doubt it make any difference than blending?)
  • I placed the blueberries into the filled fairy cake tin instead of making a berry sauce
  • It took me only 10 to 12 minutes to get these done, and I made 22 fairy cake sized pancakes

oven, pancakes
These aren't as soft as Poffertjes, and slightly on the chewier side. It also isn't as good at holding icing sugar on them (everything fell off apart from a thin layer). But! They are oven baked! What more can I ask for eh? Perhaps next time I'll take a Poffertjes recipe and shove that in the oven. Wonder how those will turn out!