Dutch Baby, German Pancake, Puffed Pancake–Whatever you call them, one thing’s for sure…they are delicious. Dutch Babies have been a part of my family’s breakfast tradition since I was a newlywed cooking from my (still clean) Fanny Farmer Cookbook given to me by my nana. Golden brown and puffed impossibly high when you take them from the oven, they make quite an impressive presentation.
Don’t be surprised when your high and mighty pancake deflates quickly after it’s set on the table. The edges will remain crisp, and the rest of the pancake is rich and eggy–almost like a warm custard. We eat them simply, dusted with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. One recipe is enough for about 3 people, but I often triple it when I make it for my hungry (greedy?) crew.
My first efforts at a gluten free version of this were disappointing at best, and a disaster at worst. But this time, I think we got it right. (And I say “we” because it was my sweet husband who made these….have I mentioned that I love it when he makes breakfast?) I adapted the recipe from Nicole Hunn’s found here. Leave the eggs out on the counter overnight and you’re ready to go first thing in the morning. If you forget, you can simply place them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. They need to be at room temperature for best results.
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
- ½ cup GF AP Flour Blend
- pinch of salt
- lemon wedges and confectioners sugar for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place in the oven to heat the pan and melt the butter.
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and the milk together. Whisk in the flour and salt until mixture is smooth and thickened slightly. It will have the consistency of a pourable pancake batter.
- Remove pan from the oven and swirl to evenly coat it with the melted butter. Pour batter into the pan and return to the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. The Dutch Baby should be very puffed and very golden brown when you remove it from the oven.
- Serve immediately with lemon wedges and confectioners sugar.