Pannekoek (plural Pannekoeken), German Baby, Puff Pancake.
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.
- A.A. Milne
The Dutch Baby is exciting. Make sure that your family is gathered around when this comes out of the oven because it is quite dramatic but it doesn’t last long before it settles. A big, buttery, reminiscent-of-a-popover delight! A puffy, crusty pancake. With toasty brown butter flavor. Topped with farm fresh berries. Ahem and amen.
You must have a cast iron skillet for this. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet (whaaat?!?) we should talk. This is our heritage in America and the original cast iron cookware actually goes back to the time before Christ in China. They are durable and in the South they are handed down from generation to generation. It is a source of pride to have grandmother’s skillet. Truth be told, I had to buy my own. No matter. I went to a camping store and paid $12 some years ago. True, they are heavy and you’re not going to do any fancy omelet flipping in one of these. They are the workhorses of cookware; solid, beautiful things. Truly, you could probably use some other skillet but I won’t vouch for them.
Here we go. Get your ingredients ready.
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional)
Turn the oven on to 425F and place 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter in your pan and pop it into the oven right away, WHILE it is preheating. That’s important.
Mix all ingredients with a stick blender, blender, or hand mixer.
As soon as your oven has reached temperature, remove the pan from the oven and pour the batter right over the melted butter and into the hot pan. Put it back into the oven immediately. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Serves four.