Have you ever had a baked pancake? There are plenty of names for this delicious, and fabulously quick, dish, but my favourite is Dutch baby. At heart, it’s breakfast – a fluffy baked pancake. But a Dutch Baby is so adaptable that it can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a delicious dessert.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. But more than that, it’s a lot of fun to make. The children will all want to watch the pancake puff up and then collapse.
It looks simple, doesn’t it? And really it is – but that just makes it the perfect base for just about everything.
You’re going to find yourself making these for everything. Try making little ones in muffin cups and filling them up with delicious things .. taco, pizza fillings, or chopped up fruit. Your children will think you’re the best parent ever.
Dutch Baby (Baked Pancake)
Heat oven to 400F.
Put 1/4 cup butter in a baking dish or glass pie plate and place it in the oven as it heats. Do not let the butter burn.
Beat together 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat in 3 eggs.
It is important that the oven be at the proper temperature and that the baking dish be very hot.
If the Dutch Baby does not rise properly, it will still taste good, though.
Pour the batter on top of the melted butter and bake for 15 minutes.
Pancake will puff up and brown. It is important that the diners are waiting for this dish, though, as it does not wait for the diners. Sprinkle with sugar and serve immediately. Leftovers are good cold.
There are few limits on Dutch Babies. They are perfect for any meal and even for dessert.
Rotterdam – After making the Baby, fill it with Gouda cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and a variety of meats. Top with tomato slices and Hollandaise sauce.
Meat and Vegetables – The sky is the limit. Fill it with cooked, cut up vegetables and meat as desired. Top with grated Cheddar.
Pot Pie – Fill with vegetables and meat, top with mashed potatoes and cover with Cheddar. Serve with gravy.
Shepherd’s Pie – Fill with seasoned cooked ground beef. Top with corn, mashed potatoes and grated Cheddar. Serve with gravy.
Taco – Fill with taco-seasoned ground beef and any desired grated cheese. Top with taco vegetables: diced tomato, onion, peppers, etc. Add grated cheese. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
Bacon & Egg Breakfast – Scramble eggs and brown sausage or bacon. Pile on the Dutch Baby and drizzle with Cheese Sauce.
Apple – sauté apple slices in butter and cinnamon and pile into the Baby. For a savoury breakfast, sprinkle with crumbled bacon or sausage and drizzle with Cheese Sauce. For a dessert, cool completely before adding the apples and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Pizza – Fill with any desired pizza toppings and cover with grated Mozzarella.
The sky is the limit.