Miri’s Poffers

I’d never heard of Poffertjes until Miri’s appeared suddenly at the Cap Hill Farmer’s Market, but I was instantly sold on the concept: a plate of freshly griddled (and generously buttered) pancakes topped with something sweet or savory.  I could smell the stand from down the block and, feeling hangry, I knew resistance was futile.

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There were a few choices for toppings – traditional simple powdered sugar, a somewhat healthy option (I saw something green and moved on), and a seasonal sweet option: boiled quince. I’d never had quince so I decided to give that one a try.

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Steaming hot and topped with creme fraiche, the trio of textures and flavors blended seamlessly in my mouth. The quince, freshly boiled and chopped at the stand, had a pear-like texture and sweet, nutty taste, balancing the richness of the pancakes (which were made more interesting by the addition of buckwheat in the batter. Poffers, it turns out, are a lovely bressert (yes, that’s a combo of breakfast and dessert). Dig in.

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