Dutch Baby Pancake

Jan
20

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

I may be obsessed with Dutch Baby Pancakes… The tale begins in my old apartment during the first Covid lockdown of 2020. As a newlywed, my initial attempt at a Dutch Baby Pancake was a comical flop. Fast forward to 2024, and I’ve transformed it into a show-stopping breakfast that never fails to impress guests.

Whether you prefer a sweet or savoury, the versatility of this pancake is one of my favourite parts. Think lemon and sugar, jam, Nutella, or a savoury twist with cheese, chives, and smoked salmon or ham – the possibilities are endless.

Having made this recipe to death, I’ve gathered some top tips to ensure perfection:

  1. Preheat Oven: Ensure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature for the ideal rise and texture.

  2. Hot Skillet: Preheat your skillet or baking dish for at least 10 minutes to ensure it’s piping hot before the magic begins.

  3. Swift Action: Act promptly – get your butter and batter into the skillet immediately and back into the oven so it’s doesn’t lose heat.

  4. Bread Flour Advantage: Opt for bread flour. Due to its higher gluten content, it will help to maintain the pancake’s shape and texture.

  5. Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. You can make the batter and let it sit whilst the oven heats up.

  6. No Peek Rule: Don’t be tempted to open the oven; let the magic unfold undisturbed.

  7. Vigilance is Key: Keep a close eye on the pancake, it may rise more on one side depending on your oven, so you may need to adjust the heat to stop it burning.

  8. Serve Hot: This should be served immediately. I would suggest making it just before serving, as it can lose its shape and height as it cools.

  9. Adjust for Pan Size: This recipe is designed for a 12-inch skillet; adjust quantities accordingly for smaller or larger pans. Feel free to reach out to me if you’re unsure of quantities and I’ll assist where I can!

    Share your creations on Instagram and tag me @mynutritioncreative – I’m eager to see your Dutch Baby Pancake masterpieces!

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

A classic Dutch Baby Pancake to impress your guests, generously crowned with luscious peaches, fresh blackberries, boysenberry ice cream, or your choice of seasonal fruits.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large Eggs allow to come to room temp
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3/4 cup Plain flour I use bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 40 g Unsalted butter

For Serving:

  • 2 Fresh peaches, sliced You can use white or yellow peaches. I use both
  • 1 punnet Fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons Maple syrup for drizzling
  • 2 scoops Boysenberry ice cream
  • 1 tsp Icing sugar for dusting
  • few springs Lemon balm leaves to garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F).
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, plain flour, sugar, vanilla essence, and a pinch of salt until a smooth batter forms. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for the best results.
  • Place a 12-inch skillet or baking dish in the preheated oven for 10 minutes to heat well. This will help your pancake batter to get that signature puff.
  • Working quickly to retain the heat, add the butter to the hot skillet, allowing it to melt and coat the bottom. Immediately pour the prepared batter into the skillet and return it to the oven.
  • Bake the pancake for 20 minutes, keeping a close eye on it. If the edges begin to brown too quickly, reduce the oven temperature to 150°C (300°F) for the last 5 minutes.
  • Once baked, carefully remove the Dutch pancake from the oven.
  • Serve the pancake in its baking dish by arranging the sliced fresh peaches and blackberries over the top.
  • Add a scoop of boysenberry ice cream to the center, and drizzle with the maple syrup.
  • Finish by dusting the pancake with icing sugar and garnishing with lemon balm leaves for a fresh touch.
  • Serve the Dutch pancake immediately, cut into slices, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavours and textures.
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