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If a Popover Married a Donut . . .

April 20, 2010

it emanates an almost holy light. oh wait, that's just the oven bulb.

. . . their baby might taste like this. Or look like this.

People, it’s time to jump ship on making pancakes. I mean, really. Mixing, sifting, there might be baking powder or was that soda, tempering butter into eggs, or was that vice versa. Keeping wet and dry separate?

Versus the Dutch Baby, which has SO MUCH going for it. Basically it’s an oven-baked buttery eggy puff pancake that is somehow redolent of a donut in yorkshire pudding format. I tried to fit more adjectives into that sentence and it just doesn’t work: you need to taste it.

It takes a bit of time in the oven, but the prep is lickity split —perhaps one minute of prep — and while it cooks you can either lay on the couch painting your toenails, or you can wipe day-old hummus out of your child’s neckfolds, depending on how you like to spend your free time.

I posted the other day about my own kid kissing me on the mouth, and chances are good that all this love is due to the fact that on 2 separate days we slept late and then got up and ate Dutch Babies rather than oatmeal.

I got the best DB recipe I have found from Sugarpea on RecipeZaar, who claims, in her profile, to dislike liver, oysters, mint, dill, and licorice. That’s a whole lot to not eat, Sugarpea! But I really like that one of her recipes is called Brussel Sprouts Mojo, because her husband sometimes invents dishes and whatever he invents is called whatever the ingredients are, plus “mojo.”

Anyhow Sugarpea points out that B & B’s make Dutch Babies because they are sure-fire: I think they make them because they are EASY. I’ll give you the broad strokes below but you might want to save her recipe in your bookmarks since her timing is a bit different, plus she believes in measuring the vanilla.

Dutch Baby

Serves me and my husband or me and my baby.

Oven to 450.

Mix in one bowl with a whisk:

3/4 C milk

1/2 C flour

this baby is faking nonchalance, but he did act impressed. i swear.

2 eggs

1.5 T sugar


Salt if you are using unsalted butter.

A few minutes before the oven is at 450, put 3T butter in bottom of a cast-iron skillet. Not a huge skillet, not a tiny one. Maybe 9 inches? You can also use a pie plate. Let the butter melt, then brush it around the side of the pan. Put whisked ingredients into the pan. Put the pan into the oven, cook for

maybe 18 minutes, reduce heat to 350, then cook for about 8 more minutes.

Remove, gaze with wonder upon your delightful puffy and beguiling breakfast, saying “Whoa” a bunch of times if you are us, dust with confectioner sugar if you feel like it, and serve however you like. We served with sliced strawberries but try berries, apples, chocolate, nutella, lemon juice, bananas, maple syrup. Go forth and go nuts!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April permalink
    April 20, 2010 9:28 pm

    Yum! I am going to make this soon. Heck, I might even get out of bed and make it now.

  2. Sunshine Miranda permalink
    April 21, 2010 4:41 pm

    I’ve seen the Dutch Baby on the menu at Original Pancake House and been too “health-conscious-in-public” to order one. Thanks to you, I will be making this tomorrow. Love it!

  3. sharon permalink
    April 21, 2010 6:10 pm

    love these! I grew up eating this, but we called it german pancake. Thanks for reminding me about them.

  4. Michelle permalink
    April 22, 2010 12:13 am

    Delicious! We love a Dutch baby now and then. Mom and I used a sleepover guest (child) as an excuse to make one, and then we ate as much as we could of it before the kids could ask for seconds. And then … we ate what the kids left on their plates. Because, leaving Dutch baby on your plate uneaten is wrong.

  5. secret admirer permalink
    April 22, 2010 10:05 am

    i think you need to make another one (preferably on a weekend when more people are around in your household) so that you can take a picture and post that.

    just an idea.

  6. jenn permalink
    April 22, 2010 12:57 pm

    Fort Defiance has a Dutch Baby pancake on their menu that comes with apples or pears sometimes and is served in an individual cast iron pan. i just wish they would get rid of the ‘pancake’ in the name.

  7. Meg permalink
    April 25, 2010 7:37 am

    We made this for breakfast today! So delicious and easy. H called it a “butchered baby” which was pretty accurate, esp. at the end there.

  8. April 26, 2010 8:16 am

    Oooh, I want to eat that!

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