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Poached Pear Dutch Baby

September 27, 2018 (Last updated April 22, 2020) · Nicole Triebe
Dutch baby in cast iron pan

Looking to take your weekend brunch up a notch? This poached pear dutch baby will make you feel like you’re dining in a 4 star restaurant! Grab a mimosa and get ready to fall in love with this baby german pancake!

My favorite thing to do during fall is go to the farmer’s markets.  There are a few different ones in Chicago and I love the different fall produce that is available this time of year. I spotted these gorgeous bosc pears that were just calling my name.  When I got home, I gave them a quick poach with honey, cinnamon and cloves and made a gorgeous dutch baby to pair with them.

bosc pears in a wood crate

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.

dutch baby pancake with poached pear and powdered sugar

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!

How do you make a dutch baby pancake?

This is the simplest part.  Combine your milk, flour, eggs and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth!  You can whisk it by hand if you’d like, but I prefer the blender method, just to make sure you get all the lumps out of your batter.  Once the batter is smooth, pour it into your hot skillet loaded with melted butter, pop it in the oven, and watch it rise!

dutch baby pancake puffed up in the oven

The best thing about these fluffy baked pancakes is that you can top them with anything!  Fall flavors have been my jam lately, so this poached pear, some yummy apple butter and a dusting of powdered sugar really hit the spot.

What would you top yours with? I’d love to hear all your favorite combinations!

If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my yeast waffles.

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Poached Pear Dutch Baby Pancake

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x



3 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup milk

1 tbl sugar

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 tbl butter

Powdered Sugar

Poached Pears

Apple butter


Combine milk, flour, eggs and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth.  Melt butter in hot cast iron pan on the stove.  Pour batter into hot cast iron loaded with melted butter, bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and top with poached pears, powdered sugar and apple butter

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  • Reply Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme September 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Love your photos! So gorgeous! Also love how easy this recipe is. Dutch babies are so underrated!

    • Reply Nicole Triebe September 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Aren’t they?? Best and easiest breakfast ever! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Sandhya September 27, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    This looks so yummy that I want to make one right away!

  • Reply Stephanie September 27, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    These sound so good with the poached pear! Love that you make them in the cast iron skillet. Love the photos. 🙂

  • Reply Cindy Gordon September 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I just learned about what a Dutch Baby is! This pear one looks simply amazing! Trying it soon!

  • Reply Elaine Benoit September 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Your photos are amazing and this Dutch baby looks so incredibly delicious! I can’t wait to try it on Sunday!! Hubby is going to flip over it!

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