Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dutch Baby

Looks cool, right? You will definitely impress any holiday guests coming your way with this one! Don't worry, dutch babies look difficult, but there couldn't be an easier recipe out there! The heat of the oven does all the work. A dutch baby, otherwise known as a german pancake, is an "eggy" giant, oven baked pancake. Such a fun breakfast, kid-friendly and yummy too! Traditionally it is served with a sprinkling of lemon juice and powdered sugar, but we usually eat it with maple syrup or raspberry sauce and whipped cream.
Make sure your guests or family see it come out of the oven, if they aren't already gathered round the oven watching it puff, it deflates rather quickly when taken out of the oven.
Dutch Baby
4 eggs
1 T. sugar (optional- I usually skip it)
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cups flour
2/3 cup milk
3 T. butter
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put the butter in an oven safe skillet or cast iron skillet (or 2 9 inch cake pans, although it wont puff as well) and place in preheating oven.
*While the butter is melting, blend the eggs until light yellow. (I usually do this by hand, but can be done with a mixer. The more you beat it, the more air you put in the eggs, the more puff you will get).
*Add all the other ingredients and blend well until smooth (err on the side of too much beating)
*Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and immediately pour the mixture into the skillet and quickly get it back in the oven.
*Bake for 20 min. (dont open the door during this time, until it has begun to brown, otherwise it may deflate)
*Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 10 or so minutes until deep golden brown.
*Cut and serve hot
What a pathetic drizzle of raspberry sauce, huh? :) We were using up some leftover from the freezer!

*Your goal is to have the sides puff more than the middle, although that often doesnt happen. A dutch baby is like a snowflake- no two look the same!

*They are actually rather "light" and I could eat 1/2 of one myself, so if you plan on feeding more than a few people, make sure you have other stuff to go with it like bacon or sausage and fruit.

*Step up the impressive and decadent factor by piling it high with seasonal fruit and whipped cream or sauteed cinnamon and sugar apples (it makes a natural and delicious bowl!)

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