Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Babies are puffy golden oven-baked pancakes that are often called German pancakes.  Once the batter is made, the pancake bakes itself in the oven and is served directly from the baking dish. Coming out of the oven it is just gorgeous so have your guests ready for the wow moment as it deflates quickly.  The Dutch name was coined by Manca’s Cafe in Seattle Washington in the first half of the 20th Century and is probably an misnomer for the autonym “Deutsch”.  Whatever its origin, it is an absolutely delicious breakfast which lends itself to personalization.  I made mine with lemon and orange zest as I was serving it with fresh berries.  This was my first time making a Dutch baby and it was so easy and much less messy than conventional pancakes.  Happy New Year!

Dutch Baby Pancake

Adapted from the New York Times

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon and orange zest, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a blender or using a whisk, make the batter by mixing together the flour, milk, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and zest until smooth.
  3. Set a 10 inch cast iron skillet or oven proof dish(1-1.5 inch deep) in the center of the oven, melt the butter in the dish. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
  4. Pour the batter and bake 20 minutes.  Reduce heat to. 300 F and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately with berries, maple syrup or preserves.  

9 thoughts on “Dutch Baby Pancake

  1. Hi Johanne, Happy New year! The dutch make a pancake like this. Not quite so thick, but enormous. I had it in Leeuwarden Friesland, the Netherlands on the Pannekoekenschip – a restaurant in a boat that’s docked in the canal in town. The pancakes are served with some applesauce, which is placed to one side on the edge. There are many combinations. It is a fun way to eat pancakes. http://www.pannekoekschipleeuwarden.nl/en/home – English version.
    your pancakes look delicious.

  2. Oh My Goodness! Johanne I just made two skillets of Dutch Babies for our Sunday morning breakfast…about 3 hours ago! Oddly enough my partner, Wouter, is Dutch and he swears he never had this until I made it for him…and that is because it is German? Is that right. Anyhow for over 30 years my best friend and traveling pal, Terry, has come to our house every Sunday morning we are all in the city to commune and work the NYTimes Crossword puzzle with me…so this morning I made these for us and we ate both skillets of these “babies! Happy New Year…xxox

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