Monday, April 13, 2009

Dutch Baby Pancake

I have never heard of a Dutch Baby Pancake before, but as soon as I came across it in the blogsphere a couple of days ago, I was anxious to try.

After dinner tonight, I finally did.

Dutch baby is a sweet German pancake, made of butter, flour, sugar, and milk. The pancake is puffy around the outside and flat in the center offering a perfect nest for sliced fresh fruit.

However, it is just as delicious with a little bit of powdered sugar and/or fruit preserves.

Cast iron skillets are recommended to make the pancake. I didn't have one nor have I any ovenproof pans, so I used my trusty Wilton 8" round cake pan.

It came out pretty good! I like the crust more because it is....well, crusty! The center is more dough-y and egg-y, but not heavy by any means. I like mine with fruit preserves, but hubs is fine with just a dusting of powdered sugar. Room for improvement - less butter next time.

This is an excellent dish to try for a special weekend breakfast!

Dutch Baby Pancake:

- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Whisk together milk, flour, sugar, and eggs until smooth and creamy.
3. Melt butter in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet (cast iron is ideal) over medium heat. Coat the skillet well.
4. Pour egg mixture into the skillet and let it cook, without stirring for 1 minute.
5. Place skillet in oven and bake until pancake is puffed and golden – 12 to 15 minutes.
6. To serve, cut into serving-size wedges and transfer to individual serving plates. Top with your favorite topping and serve immediately (the pancake deflates very quickly).

Topping ideas: Fresh applesauce with a dash of cinnamon, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries, syrups (maple, your favorite fruit syrup, or honey), and canned pie filling.

6 comments:

  1. This recipe is so simple that it's a must try, especially for those that like desserts. It's so lite, fluffy, and creamy all at the same time. Plus, it tastes really really good. After I burn off all the butter from it by the end of the week, I hope to have more!

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  2. Oh how I would love to have one of these right now. Extra butter and powdered sugar on top please. It looks INCREDIBLE!

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  3. I'm just sitting here drooling... don't mind me.

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  4. Pearl, thanks!

    Butter Belly, I am glad you liked it! I was worried about all that butter.

    Pam, more butter? Oh my. :)

    Intense Guy, I am sending a virtual napkin your way.

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  5. that's funny because I hadn't heard of this either until about 2 months ago on a photoshoot. but once I tasted it, I fell in love. the one I tasted had some peaches on top, cooked in sugar I think.

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