Dutch Baby Pancakes are a super simple, fun, and delicious breakfast that the whole family will love. Similar to German Pancakes, this mixed berry dutch baby is super simple and can be topped with powdered sugar for a nutritious breakfast!
Dutch baby Sundays have become my favorite day. Typically my weekends are jam packed Friday through Saturday night. My meals consist of whatever I can quickly shove in my mouth between cake deliveries and frosting tiers. I’m actually embarrassed to admit that I actually eat a lot of meals in my car while on the road.
But when Sunday rolls around, I get to sleep in, make a big breakfast and some french pressed coffee (my FAVORITE), and lounge the rest of the day. The perfect Sunday for me consists of is sleeping in, and rolling out of bed around 10 am, then having a scrumptious meal with some french press coffee on our patio. I’ve expressed my new found love for dutch baby before, and this recipe takes the crown.
What’s a dutch baby?
Dutch babies were made famous in the United States, but they’re similar to a baked german pancake. Dutch babies were introduced in the first half of the 1900s at Manca’s Cafe, a family-run restaurant in Seattle owned by Victor Manca. While these pancakes are derived from the German pancake dish, it is said that the name Dutch baby was coined by one of Victor Manca’s daughters.
If you’ve never had a dutch baby, you MUST. Just imagine if a pancake and crepe had a child (how cute is that, right?) There’s no flipping involved, so you don’t have to deal with pancake batter splattered everywhere. A dutch baby is kind of like a baked pancake. By using a cast iron skillet, you’ll create a beautiful browned crust on the bottom and fluffy top that will only need a dusting of powdered sugar to enjoy!
Can I make a dutch baby if I don’t have a cast iron pan?
Traditionally, dutch baby pancakes are made in a cast iron pan. The cast iron gives the dutch baby a nice crust on the bottom and they’re easy to transport from the stove to the oven. Even if you don’t have a cast iron pan, you can still make a dutch baby! Make sure you use a skillet that is oven proof!
What kinds of berries should I use?
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once the oven is preheated, stick your cast iron pan with 3 tbl butter in the oven to pre-heat as well.
In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk these ingredients vigorously the mixture is light yellow. Add flour,and 1 tbl sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and continue to whisk until there are no lumps left.
Carefully remove your cast iron pan from the oven and pour most of the melted butter in your batter. Put the pan on the stove top over medium heat. There should be a little butter left in the pan. Make sure you swirl the pan around so that the butter coats the entire bottom of the cast iron. Whisk to blend the butter in the batter, then pour it into the hot pan on the stove. Top with fresh berries. Let it cook for about a minute on the stove top before putting it back in the oven to bake. Cook in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the dutch baby puffs up in the center, and the edges are golden brown.
Once the dutch baby is done, remove from the oven. Using a spatula, remove the whole dutch baby from the pan and onto a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving. Serve cut in wedges topped with a dusting of powered sugar and more fresh berries, if you’d like.