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I don't believe small, cosmetic scratches are a problem -- Those will happen over time and use anyway, and don't affect the cooking abilities of the pan. If you scratch through to the metal pan underneath (assuming it's cast iron), that would be a problem, and depending on the manufacturer you might be able to get it repaired/replaced.


Although the others answers do look convincing, I suppose it could also be used to produce a varient of Blinis, which I just learned is a bad translation from Russian for other markets. But they look like


Being from the Netherlands I'd say a poffertjes pan (mini pancakes indeed).


In Norway this would be used to make munker, although a smaller 7 hole variant is vastly more common.


This kind of pan seems to be used in many cuisines. In addition to the Dutch poffertjes, and the thai desert mentioned in another answer, an identical pan is used to make a south Indian dish called Puddu or Paniyaram. From the Wikipedia article: Paddu or Kuzhi paniyaram is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. The batter is made of ...


That pan is identical to the one used to make a Thai dessert that is made out of a coconut mixture. I live in Thailand and see them almost every day. It is called Kanom Krok and is very popular throughout Thailand.


They look like the Dutch "mini pancake" pans... they're used to make poffertjes. There are nearly identical pans on sale here. The Wikipedia article talks about them more specifically: Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch batter treat. Resembling small, fluffy pancakes, they are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. Unlike American pancakes, they have a ...

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