Recipe Idea: Dutch Baby Pancakes


Easy to make from ingredients that almost everyone already has in the house, the Dutch Baby's rewards are far in excess of the (minimal) effort required to prepare it.  A delicious combination that shared elements of the souffle, pancake, crepe and popover, they are completely wonderful for feeding a crowd.  "Pancake" has become the preferred term used to define the Dutch Baby, but it is both more interesting and more versatile than the thin, flat disks with which it shared a name.  

There are several wonderful Dutch Baby recipes on the internet, and we encourage you to find and try them.  The recipes below have been designed and scaled for our new 12-inch ANYWARE™ skillet, and as such will produce generously sized Dutch Babies, suitable for four or more people to share (or for one person to make an evening of it)!

Interesting side note:  the sweet Dutch Baby is amazing at breakfast, but when the sugar and fruit are removed and replaced with cheese and herbs, the Dutch Baby becomes an amazing savory pancake, ideal for brunch and as a dinner side dish.  

To Make an Apple Dutch Baby Pancake you will need: 

- 5 Eggs
 - 1 Cup of flour

- 1 Cup of milk

- 2 Apples (or pears, peaches, etc.), sliced thinly 

- 1 1/2  Tablespoon Sugar

- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter 

- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/4 teaspoon salt 

- Powdered sugar for dusting

- Lemon wedges for serving

To make the dish: Pre-heat your grill or oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Combine eggs, flour, milk, salt and vanilla in a blender or a large bowl and mix until smooth.  Air whipped into the eggs will help the Dutch Baby to rise, so mix thoroughly.  

Heat your skillet on your grill or stove-top until the butter has melted and is beginning to bubble.  Add apples and sugar, and cook until apples have softened and butter is beginning to brown. 

Pour batter into skillet and immediately transfer to the pre-heated oven.  (If cooking on your grill, close the hood).  Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, and then lower the heat to 300 degrees and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the pancake is set and browned on the edges.  Dust with powdered sugar and slice into wedges before serving.  Serve with lemon wedges.  

Note: the Dutch Baby will settle after being removed from the oven. This is normal and does not affect the taste or texture of the finished dish. 

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