Buttermilk Baby Pancakes And Pancakes In Paradise

by | Jun 12, 2009 | 11 comments

 Baby Buttermilk Pancakes

We had some amazing pancakes on our recent holiday in Gold Coast, everything from crepes to savory pancakes to chocolate ones. The day after we got back home, we were missing having pancakes so much that I decided to make a fun batch for breakfast. I whipped out my cast-iron poffertje pan, mixed all ingredients and set the batter aside to rest for a while. It was freezing cold that morning in Sydney and the thought of tiny little warm puffed pancakes topped with butter and syrup was very comforting indeed. I used a very simple recipe off the top of my head and managed to produce 60 delightfully small baby pancakes in a matter of 15 minutes. A plate of fresh cut fruits, some fresh scooped passionfruit pulp and strong coffee sealed the deal.

Buttermilk Baby Pancakes

(Preparation Time : 10 minutes/ Resting Time : 60 minutes/ Cooking Time : 15-20 minutes/ Makes : 60)

1 cup plain flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
oil/butter for greasing

Combine all ingredients except oil/butter in a large bowl. Whisk by hand till you obtain a smooth batter of pouring consistency. Set aside to rest for an hour.

Heat a poffertje [dutch pancake/gem cake] pan on low heat. Spary cooking oil. Spoon half a tablespoon of pancake batter in each hole. Using a butter knife, flip the pancake gently after bubbles start forming on top which takes approximately 30-40 seconds. Cook the other side for the same amount of time and plate the pancakes up. Repeat with remaining batches. Watch the heat like a hawk, if the pan gets too hot, the pancakes will burn.

Serve with a cube of butter, dollop of whipped cream, some fresh fruits, maple syrup, ice cream, chocolate sauce .. you get the gist.

And before I leave you to whip up this easy peasy, dense and fluffy little babies, I share with you some gorgeous pictures of our pancake adventures at Pancakes in Paradise in the heart of Surfer's Paradise in Gold Coast where the seating was huge wicker baskets leading up to colorful hot air balloon canopies and the air was rich with the aroma of golden pancakes, sweet syrup and warm butter. We had breakfast twice and managed to try out a variety of pancakes on offering from their extensive menu. We liked the buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, the lemon crepes with ice cream. But the thick, almost cake-like chocolate pancake with ice cream and chocolate bits drizzled with chocolate sauce was the show stealer. A must try!

All You Can Eat Pancakes Pancakes In Paradise

Pancakes In Paradise

Fun Seating

Strawberry Pancakes

Lemon Crepes

Passionfruit And Strawberry Pancake Stack

Alice In Wonderland Pancake

Chocolate Juliette



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  1. Sophie

    All of these pancakes even the little ones look so yummie! delicious!

    How to choose?
    .-= Sophie´s last blog ..Vegetarian potatoes patties with a salad & piripiri sauce =-.

  2. Alisa@Foodista

    Wow!Delicious, just when I was about to make pancakes for breakfast 🙂 I will make little baby pancakes...they look so good!I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add this foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

  3. Chez US

    I love baby pancakes - more than big ones! We are jealous that you have fresh passion fruit .... I look out here all the time and rarely find it - I buy frozen, not the same! We are trying to grow some plants, I have 5 little vines, they are from seeds from some fresh ones that were given to us last year.

    • Gel

      We have a pssionfruit vine growing for just over a year, since we live in the bush the possums make a meal of the leaves and it is left bare. I am too lazy to net it, maybe I should but we get so many passionfruits in our weekly basket the I am not motivate to reviuve the vine 🙂 It is awesome that you have so many vines growing ... 🙂

  4. Y

    Wow. You ate all those? 😉

    The baby pancakes are so cute!

    • Gel

      Y Lol The lemon crepes and Chocolate Juliette were my orders on two separate days, but I still couldn't finish them 🙂

      Thanks Monica 🙂

      Nurit I had poffertjes in a fair in Sydney and was hooked, a hunting quest on ebay resulted in me buying that gorgeous cast iron pan which 5 years on is still serving me well!

  5. Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food.

    Oh my goodness. I love poffertjes. It's been nearly 20 years since I had them in Hollnad and I can't forget how lovely they are! Lucky you with a cast iron pan. Mine is light weight non-stick one 🙂
    And that last photos nearly killed me. Oh, it looks soooo good.

  6. Monica

    mmm... all the pancakes look so good. Ice Cream on pancakes. Now that's a thought. Those baby cakes are cute, aren't they. When I make pancakes I always make the baby cakes for my 2 year old son. He can manage them better than the adult size.

  7. Caitlin

    gah! so cute! My current favorite is buckwheat pancakes w/greek yogurt and apple butter, but i've never made them tiny. I'm definitely doing that next time. Are you back from your trip yet? Hope you had a good time!

    • Gel

      Those sound nice Caitlin! I made buckwheat blueberry ones a while back, will have to try your recipe out!

  8. stephchows

    OK I totally thought the ice cream scoop was a gigantic blob of butter at first glance BLEH!! LOL ice cream is a much better option in a scoop that large 🙂


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