One of my goals in life is to somehow make miniature versions of every food ever made. Okay not really, but I do sort of have a little obsession with miniaturizing things. I love puffed pancakes (aka Dutch Baby, German Pancake, etc.) and as I was making Brazilian Cheese Rolls the other day, I realized they have a similar batter, which made me think I should try little bite-sized versions of these too. Lots of people make these in a big 9×13 pan and cut it into squares, I usually prefer mine in a cast iron skillet because the edges cook up so crisp and brown, but this is a fun little twist. I often try to think of ways to make foods easier for my kids to eat and these are just so…poppable!
This is something we make often at my house (sometimes even for dinner!) because it’s made with super basic ingredients. Just milk, flour, eggs, and a bit of butter. I make mine with the least amount of eggs possible, so it’s not so…eggy. They’re just soft and pillowy and perfect for dipping in just about anything. I just put everything in my blender and then pour them into a mini muffin tin.
Unless of course your awesome blog partner sent you the world’s cutest cast iron mini-heart pan for Christmas, then definitely use that.
Pop the pan in a hot oven and watch that batter puff right up. See how those edges browned up? That’s why I love using cast iron, but a simple nonstick muffin tin works great too.
While they’re in the oven you can whip up a quick berry sauce. This is one of my sneaky secrets. It’s so easy to make a fresh berry sauce if you’re like me and keep those bags of frozen fruit in the freezer for smoothies. The triple berry mix from Costco is great, or just frozen strawberries or raspberries. Or fresh certainly works as well, but I don’t usually have a fridge stocked with fresh berries in January. I just mix up a few frozen berries and a few tablespoons of whatever berry jam I have in the fridge. I heat it in the microwave for a bit and then mash it all together with a fork, adding sugar if needed. The jam sweetens and gives body to the sauce and the berries make it taste like it’s fresh. It’s so easy; I use this for ice cream, pancakes, waffles, and all kinds of stuff like that.
When those little golden puffs are done just pop them onto a plate or platter and drizzle with some melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can either pour the sauce over, or put it in little bowls for dipping. My kids love dipping them in maple syrup too.
A little Cool Whip or sweetened whipped cream makes it extra special.
Since these are pretty quick and easy, they’d make a fun special breakfast for Valentine’s Day.
Annnnd I know we’re focusing on healthy eating this month, but stick with me! The fact that these are miniature makes it really easy to portion. One little mini muffin sized puff (alone) clocks in at just over 20 calories, so you can definitely have 5 or 6 with some fresh fruit on top and a dallop of cool whip and still not even be splurging. Eat up!
Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes with Berry Sauce
recipe by ourbestbites.com
3/4 cup flour (*see note below)
3/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
6 large frozen or fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons berry jam
optional: sugar if needed, to taste
*Since so many have made these and love them, I didn’t want to alter the recipe from its original posting. however, since making these more often, I have found I prefer the texture of the finished puffed pancakes when I decrease the flour to 1/2 cup. Try it both ways and See how you like it!
Place mini muffin pan (or cast iron skillet) in oven and heat to 400 degrees. While oven is heating, place flour, milk, eggs, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Carefully remove the pan from the oven (don’t forget it’s hot!) and quickly spray the wells with non-stick spray, or brush with melted butter. But we’re going for quick and easy here so I just grab the spray. (If using cast iron pan, coat entire pan surface with butter). Fill muffin wells 3/4 full with batter. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until puffed and slightly golden on top. Remove puffs and place on plate or platter. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Drizzle with berry sauce and top with cool whip or whipped cream, or serve with sauce and/or maple syrup for dipping.
Quick and Easy Berry Sauce
If using frozen berries, place berries and jam in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute. Use a fork to stir and mash everything together (cut strawberries if necessary), or place everything in a blender and pulse a few times until desired consistency is reached. Add sugar to taste for sweetness and a few teaspoons of water or juice only if needed for consistency.
Yields about 24 mini muffin pancake puffs
This looks so good! I must try this 🙂
What a great idea!
Love the suggestion for making easy berry sauce too!
Love the “mini” obsession! I’ve just “pinned” these to make them with freeze dried berries for valentine’s day bkfst! Thanks!
These look delicious. I like that you’ve added a “pin it” button above the photo.
Kate did good when she picked out that pan for you! I’ve been waiting to see what you would post that was “non-healthy” this month. I think this can only barely qualify for that category. I love the berry sauce idea!
My family calls these Hootenanny Pancakes, my husband’s family calls them African pancakes, and our kids call them mountain pancakes. We love them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and they are great with applesauce & jam on them. The heart pan is adorable!
I love your mini obsession! These are great, and I am swooooning over your heart pan!
Here is how “our best bites” day has gone: I began making strawberry freezer jam this morning, and realized I didn’t have enough strawberries for a full batch, so I made some of your Fresh Strawberry Sauce instead. I realized I had some cottage cheese to use up, so I made your Vegetable Dill Dip from your cookbook that we love. For lunch my kids wanted some of the strawberry sauce, so I thought these mini pancake puffs would be perfect dipped in this, and they LOVED this!! And, because I wanted something other than that, I had leftover Italian Potato- sausage soup that we made last night for dinner. Our days pretty much revolve around food from your website- seriously, what would we do without you? My family loves it when I say that the recipe I am making is from Our Best Bites! Thanks for helping us eat so deliciously here in Utah:)
Now that would be something I’d like to wake up to in the morning! What a cute idea!
I’m wondering if I can use my ebelskivar pan for these? Soooo cute; I’m going to give these a try…my son loves anything “bite-sized.” 🙂
Do you think these can be made without eggs at all? I’m assuming that it is the eggs that make these little guys “puff”. NOt sure if my egg replacer will work? Any ideas?
I’m from Holland (aka I’m Dutch) and these slightly reminded me of ‘poffertjes’ (literal translation: little puffers) except that I cook mine on a special cast iron skillet on the stove, that has little indents in it. Fill those with oil or butter, then turn over with a fork. Oh and the real thing actually uses buckwheat flour. They are soooooo delicious. Especially with just a slab of butter and powdered sugar on top….
Oops, of course you pour the batter in the indents after putting in the oil/butter, lol. Also, Dutch pancakes are AWESOME. They are kinda like crepes, just a little thicker and usually use a ton of different things IN the batter (apple slices and ham or bacon, vegetables, pineapple, you name it), so delish!
Love the pan! Where can we find one?
my package came from Amazon, so I’d just do a quick search there and I’m sure you’ll find it!
I’m so going to make these tonight for dinner. Delicious and quick for a busy sports filled evening.
love this so much!
I love this idea. It melds the idea of puffed oven pancake and ebelskiver. Awesome!
There is a restaurant near me who is known for GIANT German panacakes of different flavors… I always get the pineapple one… how do you think they make it?? The pineapple delishiousness seems to be mixed in… and bubbly and OMG DROOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!! It’s so good that I dropped it on the driveway one day and insisted on eating it anyways… yes, not my finest moment:/
If I wanted to make this in a 9×13, would this recipe be enough?
Just double it Carie, or use these measurements for a 9-10 inch skillet.
My little chefs are definately going to want to make this recipe. I best be on the lookout for shaped pans!
These are adorable, what a wonderful Valentine’s treat!
Love it!!! My family loves pancakes in any form…so I can’t wait to share this one with them!! Thanks!
Cute idea….especially in the heart pan. I need to find one ASAP!
Perfect Valentines Day breakfast. love it!!
We love German pancakes in our house…I will definitely try these next time.
These are so freaking cute! Love this idea.
I am definitely going to make these! My family is into anything pancake / muffin / baked goodie. I noticed that the recipe doesn’t call for any baking powder. How do they get so light and fluffy?
BTW, I recently discovered your blog and LOVE it! Thanks for all the great recipes 🙂
Keren, eggs are a leavening agent. Not a ton unless you have a lot of eggs, but they totally are!
Yep- ditto Stacey!
OH I have gone to mini pancake heaven!!! Looks so yummy!! And that heart shaped cast iron is AWESOME I want one!!
I have been looking for a sweet, but fairly budget friendly ideas of things I could do for my family on Valentines day! This looks perfect..as always haha! Thanks!
I love the idea of cooking them individually…and in hearts!
This looks amazing! We’re having people over for dessert this week, I’m definitely trying these. Thanks for the great idea. You girls never cease to amaze me!