Tuesday, January 27, 2015

German Pancake, aka Dutch Baby

This week, I introduced my family to a new breakfast recipe: German Pancake, also known as Dutch Baby. My daughter Anna and I were intrigued by it when we watched a program on Food Network about the best breakfast foods in the US. So, we looked up the recipe on the internet and found a few versions we liked. Here is what we ended up making and we were super pleased with the results.

The German pancake is incredibly easy to make and it can feed at least a couple of people, or in our case my three kids and me, while Daddy just had a taste. Of course, it can easily be doubled and baked in a larger skillet or dutch oven, or casserole dish. The TV program we watched showed the recipe being made with half a peach on the bottom of the skillet but since peaches are not in season now, I sliced half a banana instead and sprinkled it with just a touch of brown sugar. We had caramelized bananas on the bottom of the skillet and a light and fluffy Dutch Baby on top. Once baked, a simple sprinkle with powdered sugar on top is perfect but my kids changed things up a little bit: one added a sprinkle of cinnamon, another opted for maple syrup, while a third one drizzled honey. :) It was delicious with any one of these flavor enhancements! I am thinking that next time, I may shake it up even more and instead of going the sweet route, I may do a savory version instead and add feta cheese to the batter. But that's just me: once I find a recipe I like, I am always changing things about it. :) Here is my version for today:


2 tbsp butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 banana, sliced (or fruit of your choice, optional)
1 tbsp brown sugar (nice of using bananas, you can skip if using other fruit)
powdered sugar for sprinkling on top
maple syrup, honey, or more fruit (optional)


Put butter on the bottom of a cast iron skillet (if you do not have one, you can use a Dutch oven or a casserole dish). Place skillet in oven and set to 425F. You want a hot skillet with melted butter in it.

While oven is preheating, in a medium size mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, flour, and vanilla extract.
Once oven has reached 425F, take the hot skillet out using pot holders and place the sliced bananas on top of the melted butter. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and then pour the batter on top. Return to oven. Bake for 20 minutes. It will puff up a lot around the edges. It looks very cool! :)

You can sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with additional fruit on top, or maple syrup, honey, preserves, etc... Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from: realhousemoms

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