Lately I’ve been really loving these Dutch Babies! You might be wondering what exactly is a Dutch Baby. No, I’m not referring to those adorable blond haired blue eyed cuties one would expect to see in Amsterdam, I’m talking about these yummy dessert or breakfast pancake like creations topped which sweet or savory morsels of goodness.
A Dutch Baby is sort of a cross between a pancake, a crepe, and a popover. And before you can ask it did not originate in the Netherlands, in fact there is nothing “Dutch” about it. It is also called a German Pancake and in Germany is called an Apfelpfannkuchen and was originally served as 3 small pancakes with lemon squeezed on it and then sprinkled with sugar. Somehow it evolved into larger sized pancakes.
But back to the name, the story goes that a Seattle diner called Manca’s Cafe back in the 1900s to the1950s served the German Pancake called Deutche Pancake (Deutche is the German word for well German). The owner’s name was Victor Manca, and his young granddaughter could not pronounce Deutche, instead she called it Dutch. And so the Americanized German Pancake was born!
However it got its name it’s still a delicious addition to breakfast, lunch, or even dinner; remember you can top it with just about anything. I’m not a big pancake fan, but I do love crepes; unfortunately I seldom make them at home because I really don’t like standing at the stove frying either one, I find it tedious. That’s why I love a Dutch Baby! It’s not fried, it’s baked! Now that’s something I can definitely get behind!.
Seriously Dutch Babies are super easy to make, you just mix the ingredients together, pour the batter in a cast iron skillet, pop it in the oven and in less than half an hour your Dutch Baby is ready to be topped and served! Easy peasy nice and breezy!
I’m sharing this simple Dutch Baby recipe today. I topped my Dutch Baby with lemon curd and fresh berries, it made a great dessert! You can top it the same way; sprinkle it with powdered sugar; spread it with jam; or even top it with ham and cheese for a nice savory lunch or dinner. In short just top it anyway you want!
Now this recipe makes a large Dutch Baby, I made it in a 10″ skillet. You can adjust the recipe to suit your needs or if you like you can split the batter between two 5″ skillets and have personal pan Dutch Babies that each person can top the way they want. If you’re making the large version just slice it up into wedges like you would a cake to serve.