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Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

by | Jan 5, 2008 | Domesticity, Traditions & Memory Making

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

–Elbert Hubbard

With kids of all different ages and a busy household, family time is precious to us. One way we gather everyone together on a regular basis is with a breakfast of Puffed Pancakes. In our house, we just say the word “puffs” on a Saturday morning and everyone comes running! “Puffs” (as we affectionately call them) are puffed pancakes (a.k.a. Dutch Babies) topped with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar. YUM! We’ve been making Puffs for over a decade. They are simple to make and everyone loves them. Best of all, Puffs are a frequent reminder of special times together.

Puff Pancakes

Butter: 1/3 cup
Eggs: 4
Milk & Flour: 1 cup each
Vanilla: 1 tsp.

Put butter in 3-4 qt. pan and set in 425 degree oven.
Mix batter as quickly as butter melts.
Put eggs in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute.
While motor is running, gradually pour in milk, the slowly add the flour; continue blending for about 30 seconds. Add a teaspoon or more of vanilla.

Remove pan from oven and pour batter into hot melted butter. Bake until puffed, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar.

Here are a couple of nifty gadgets from Williams-Sonoma you could easily use to start a new breakfast tradition:

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

Stack & Fill Pancake Molds

Creating stacks of small, medium and large custom-filled flapjacks is fun and easy with our kid-friendly steel molds. When stacked, the pancakes’ hollow centers create a deep well that can be filled with whatever you choose – from favorite syrups and jams to pecan pralines. The molds’ nonstick finish ensures easy release and cleanup, and the handles fold for storage. Hand-wash. 4 1/4″ to 6 1/2″ diam. Set of three, one of each size. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

Ebelskiver Filled-Pancake Pan

Light, puffy pancakes known as ebelskiver are an adored treat in Denmark. Now you can make them at home with this NordicWare pan crafted with seven deep wells for shaping the batter into the traditional ball shape. The heavy cast-aluminum pan heats evenly, and a nonstick coating assures clean release. Served for breakfast, as hors d’oeuvres or as a light supper, ebelskiver can be filled with fruit, jam, cheese, chocolate or meats. Serve the sweet variety with a traditional dusting of powdered sugar. Recipes included. Makes seven pancakes. 9 1/2″ diam.

Top image: House To Home (originally from Ideal Home 2005
Products: Williams Sonoma


  1. Jenn and Jacqui

    Hi Melissa! Yuuuuuummmm! Thanks for sharing your recipe, pancakes are a clear fave for a lazy Sunday brunch in our home so will be giving these a go for sure !! Have a GREAT day and keep warm and cosy!! Jenn and Jacqui

  2. Becca

    Mmm! Ebelskivers are a tradition at our house during the holidays. My grandma used to make them. My mom makes them and now I do too.

    Those other pancake molds look pretty fun too!

  3. Alison Gibbs

    Yummy pancakes. Thanks for sharing your recipe Melissa.

  4. rosieswhimsy

    I love that little kitchen. I am normally not a fan of any shade of blue…..but that sweet little kitchen is so cheery, crisp, and clean!

  5. Vee

    Ahhhhh, you’ve landed on my perfect kitchen! Just love this one!!

    You’re right about taking a break. I know you were only kidding, but I do think that I need one. I won’t be taking a break from reading, though.

  6. Teresa

    We love puff pancakes…sounds like Sunday evening supper is planned! Too late for breakfast today.

  7. Kathleen Grace

    Yum Melissa! What an evil temptation for someone who is trying to drop the extra 5 (more or less) pounds she put on during the Christmas season! Oh well, I will file the recipe away for a time when I am not counting my carbs so religiously and try it then:>)

  8. Dena

    Oh these sound very yummy! In our house Dad makes the breakfast – his famous pancakes or french toast can always put smiles on our faces. I’m definately going to try your recipie…er um, pass it on to Dad ;)


  9. anne

    Love your kitchen :-)

  10. Terri Steffes

    Belgian waffles are to us what puffs are to you! Bob makes these melt in your mouth creations. We top them with peanut butter or syrup and butter, or marshmallow creme or even Nutella. Mmm.

  11. Debra W

    Such a cozy family tradition! I will have to make those for my girls next weekend.

    Happy Fresh Start!

  12. Penny, Mosaic Artist

    Those Puffs sound yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love that kitchen in the photo.

  13. Linda

    I love the quote. Your puff pancakes sound delish. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Linda

  14. karen

    Everyone in our house loves a pancake breakfast. Thanks for the great recipe. Karen

  15. Elzie

    I’m not that fond of panncakes, but my HD is so maybe this would be a thing for him?!?!
    Hope you have a better Monday than I. I’m having a cold and my throat feels like it’s too small today. This year didn’t start as good as I wanted it too LOL.
    Take care.
    Love Elzie

  16. shelbi

    oh my heavens…is that your beautiful kitchen!!! ??? oh! it is my dream to have a kitchen like that….

    and please, melissa, may i steal that quote? i LOVE that…it is my own truth. it is a lovely lovely way to see life.

    i have missed you my friend…the holidays are so busy…but i am hoping to spend some more time here getting inspired by my favorite ‘girlfriend’ blog! i need my fix you know!

    happy new year!!!


  17. Lisa

    I think my kids would love to make pancakes with this gadget. How cool is that? Great ideas. I can’t wait to see all your wonderful new pictures and projects and inspiration in the new year.

    Conrats on your 6th blog-aversary and I’m looking forward to lots of visiting in 2008.

    Have a great week!

  18. Diane Duda

    i love this quote…and this kitchen.
    your blog is simply lovely!


  19. janet

    We make the puff pancakes with sauteed apples in the bottom of the pan. For some reason we call them German apple pancakes. Great with real maple ( is there any other kind??) syrup.


  20. Polly

    HI Melissa. I turn my comments back on and you turn yours off. =) I know it’s just for the day but even that took some thought, didn’t it?! It’s hard to know if we’re doing the socially acceptable thing in this blog world sometimes. I hope when I turn 40 next year that I’ll have such positive changes as you’ve had! I’m excited to see all your plans for the blog this year. Blessings… Polly

  21. Sweet Cottage Dreams

    LOVE this kitchen! Looks like a perfect place to be inspired in. Thank you for the PUFF Pancake recipe. I will have to try it out. We love pancakes, aka Panny Cakes, and it is always fun to try out other’s favorite recipes.

    40 was a difficult number to turn. Ironically enough, I was very stressed out and depressed…yet the birthday landed smack dab on Thanksgiving. See…I am suppose to be Thankful for turning 40. ha. I am fast heading to 50!!! Grrrrr….!!!

    Mr. Winston looks so handsome on your sidebar!!! Kissy kissy to him!


  22. Design for Mankind

    Awww, you are so adorable, Melissa. Thanks for being sweet despite my ridiculously soul-bearing extravaganza.

    And I LOOOOVE Winston in the sidebar. Do we get one Winston per week? That would be FABULOUS!

  23. cielo

    Hi Melissa… I’m commenting on your post regarding your upcoming birthday, and as I see your excitement for life, I wish you many years of happiness and more blessings!

    When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.


  24. Susan

    Is the photo of your kitchen? What color is the blue? I love it! Anxious to try the puff pancakes, too. I think my kids will love them.

  25. A Fanciful Twist

    Did I miss the puff pancakes? Did you save me one? hee heee!! I came down here to comment about up there. Oh, I have to say. I feel changes each year I get older. And, I am so much freer in my spirit and in my soul. I love your space here. I think what you have to offer is valuable and beautiful and inspiring and heartwarming. All bundled in a nice package by darling you! xoxoox Miss Melissa, I think your ideas and what is in store is pure magic!!

  26. Arch

    What a beautiful kitchen full of warmth & lovely colours:-)

    Will be back soon to check all the posts:-)

    Wishing you a very happy new year 2008:-)


  27. catherine

    I learned to make what my family calls “puffy” ages ago from my sister. You don’t have to use a blender. And the one I make is 1/2. Put eggs, milk flower in bowel with dash of nugmeg, mix, and pour into the hot buttered skillet. I even eat this for dinner, great with jam on top and powered sugar!



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