Easy-Bake Dutch Baby

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Introduction: Easy-Bake Dutch Baby

This is delicious treat, very simple to put together and perfect for breakfast, dessert or anytime you get a craving for something sweet and decadent but don't want something heavy or too rich.

Because it's so easy to make and requires the simplest ingredients, it really saves the day when you have unexpected company drop by! You can really make a beautiful presentation with this. Others will be impressed and delighted, and you won't spend all afternoon in the kitchen!

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Ingredients.

You will need:

SOFTWARE:
1 cup milk
1 cup unbleached white flour (all-purpose or baking)
2 jumbo or XL eggs (or 3 large/medium)
2 tbs butter
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

About 2 cups fresh berries or other fruit for topping.

HARDWARE:
10-12" cast iron skillet or other oven-proof skillet (no plastic handles)
(a pie dish works, I am told, but I've never used anything but my trusty skillet)
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoon
Whisk


FILLING:
You can use any fruit to fill. Traditionally it is berries, but this time I used a delicious organic papaya I picked up at the farmer's market and some leftover fresh pineapple I had in the fridge. You can also blend a couple tablespoons of honey with a few tablespoons of cream cheese and spread that on before sprinkling the berries on for a more crepe-ish experience.

Step 2: Preheat Oven and Skillet Together.

Put butter in oven-proof skillet, casserole or pie dish (I prefer the traditional cast iron skillet) and put it in the cold oven while it heats up so the butter can melt by the time the batter is ready to pour in.

Set oven for 425* and get to mixing up the rest of the ingredients.

Step 3: Mix Up Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients at once. Remember you used the butter in the skillet, none goes in the batter. Don't forget a pinch of salt!

It should be about the consistency of pancake batter.

Step 4: Coat Pan Walls With Melted Butter.

The butter should be melted by now, you can spread it around to coat the walls.

Step 5: Slice Fruit While Dutch Baby Is Baking

Slowly pour all the batter in the skillet, and put it back in the oven at 425* for 18 minutes.

Meanwhile slice up your fruit for the topping.

When 18 minutes have passed (set a timer) reduce heat to 325* and bake an additional 8 minutes, until the pan cake is golden brown.

Step 6: Remove From Oven.

Now that it is all golden brown and beautiful, carefully remove from oven and place on a safe place such as the stove top or a sturdy wooden board. NEVER set hot cast iron on a cold surface like marble or granite! You run the risk of your skillet or pot cracking from the rapid change in temperature.

Step 7: Let It Fall.

Now sit back and watch the cake fall. This is supposed to happen, don't be sad.

Step 8: Top With Fresh Fruit and Serve!

If desired you can sieve confectioners' sugar over the top for extra sweetness. Either way, serve while still warm from the oven with fruit spooned into the center of the pancake.

That's it!

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my wife and I tried your recipe this morning. not a fan. It rose perfectly, up the sides of my 12" skillet. The result was very dense and bland. Maybe the baking time was too long?

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Sorry I about your experience not being so great. I am not sure why yours would be dense, perhaps less time in the oven, perhaps a thinner mixture would be more light. As for the bland, it really is intended to be simply a vehicle for the filling so you can play with the seasoning a bit, perhaps add sugar to the batter. I like to fill these with mushrooms and roasted veggies too so I prefer the neutral, yes I suppose bland version. Thanks for trying it out and commenting, I may try to rework the recipe at some point to see if I can come up with a fluffier and sweeter version.

My grandmothers recipe has half this amount of flour and milk, maybe try with 1/2 cup of those and it should be lighter.
Also try it with lemon juice and powdered sugar, its my favorite topping by far.

When ever i make these for my husband and i we put powdered sugar and a little marion berry or Boise berry syrup and its amazing

One more comment on the name...Deutsch, as in Deutschland, as in Germany...mis pronounced by Americans as Dutch (ergo, Pennsylvania "Dutch")...quite probably reason why the Dutch don't really know what the heck this is! Making one right now...great easy recipe, thanks!

I made this in a cast iron skillet and it came out great. I topped it with Cherry pie filling, it was very tasty. This is a very easy to make treat. Thanks for sharing.

I have made these twice. The first time, I heated up the pan & butter from a cold oven as directed, but did not spread the melted butter up the sides of the pan. The butter solids had browned a bit, so I wasted no time, and poured my batter in the pan and baked as directed. The Dutch Baby was perfectly symmetrical (but not quite as tall). This time, I put the pan with the butter into the oven as it was approx. 1/2 preheated so the butter solids didn't brown. I also brushed the butter up the sides. Due to there being less butter to lubricate the bottom of the pan, I had a real sticking problem. I think one way to remedy this problem would be to grease the sides of the pan with shortening prior to preheating the pan with the butter. Of course, I could be completely off base and overthinking things, too.

There is a great Pancake house near me that makes these Dutch Baby's. My favorite is called the Garden Baby. It is make with a vegetable medley cooked in with the pancake. Amazing! Anyone know how to adjust the recipe for such a thing? It also had cheese in it.

Yorkshire pudding is traditionally baked in some of the fat rendered out when you roast beef (especially standing rib-roast) & served alongside. It's delicious with gravy. My mom maintained that it was made to stretch the meal, so you could save $$$. I dunno about that, but I always preferred the pudding to the beef....

I am Dutch and although it looks delicious I never heard of it. Eet smakelijk (bon apetit)

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My family is Dutch also (van Gelder), but in USA for many generations. To be honest I haven't done the research I should have I suppose. I learned it years ago from a girl that I stayed with for several months in Enschede (in Holland), which is only a few miles from the German border. I have looked it up online and found several varieties of the same recipe, always called a Dutch Baby.

 I always assumed that, whatever country it is from, someone made it and her kid said, "Hey mom! It looks like the dutch oven had a baby!" (Or babies, if it was cut up before the kid saw it.)  Just a guess though.

Ook nooit van gehoord. Rupamagic, when you say Dutch, do you mean Pennsylvania Dutch? Your ingredients look American, so I'll assume that's the case. If so, then maybe you should call this German cake, because the Pennsylvania 'Dutch' are actually German.

Yeah, never heard of this either (flemish here). Looks amazing though...

Try it, you'll like it!

I'm actually Dutch and I've never heard of this either. But that might just be because I'm not much of a cook :P... This looks delicious though, and not too hard, so I'm definitely gonna give it a try!

Hmmm... milk, eggs, flour, sugar and butter? Pretty sure we had all of these ingredients readily available when I was staying in Holland, but it has been many years, maybe things have taken a turn for the worse? Or maybe you were referring to the fruit? As I said, berries were the traditional topping, but I use whatever I have on hand. It works with just jam or honey as well. In any case, as I mentioned to another commenter, I learned it from another Dutch girl while living in Holland, and she didn't give me a name for it other than pan cake, but if you look it up online many recipes are available all calling it a Dutch Baby so I used what I thought people would recognize when searching recipes. I hope you try it out and enjoy it!

Yeah, definitely will, especially since it has all of the ingredients necessary to make dutch pancakes, which I make quite regularly.

Dutch pancakes? Please give me that recipe! Is it very different from this? My friend in Holland only called this a pancake when she made it.