dutch babies

Dutch Babies

Yield - 4
4 eggs
1 ⅓ c. flour
1 ⅓ c. milk
pinch of salt
2 T. unsalted butter
4 oz ham
½ c. grated gruyere
2 scallions

  • Place ½ T butter in each of 4 6-inch cast iron skillets
  • Place skillets into cold oven and heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Whisk eggs together until just blended (avoid overmixing - too many air bubbles will prevent the Dutch Baby from rising properly)
  • Whisk in milk and pinch of salt without overmixing
  • Place flour in a separate bowl and form a well in the center
  • Pour egg/milk mixture into the flour well and whisk just until combined
  • Allow batter to rest while following the next steps
  • Once oven is heated to 400 degrees, carefully remove skillets to a cooling rack
  • Divide the batter between the 4 skillets (approximately 1 scant cup each)
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes without opening oven door
  • While Dutch Babies are cooking, grate the cheese and slice the scallions
  • Dutch Babies are finished when puffed and golden brown - remove to a cooling rack
  • Top with grated cheese, ham, and scallions
  • Serve immediately on a plate protected with a pot holder, folded napkin, or cork coaster

Also called a 'German Pancake', an 'Oven Pancake', or an 'Apfelpfannkuchen' (yeah, we couldn't pronounce it either...), the Dutch Baby can be served savory or sweet and makes for a wonderful presentation and a tasty breakfast. For savory variations, replace the ham with salmon or change up the cheese you use. To make it sweet, bake some thinly sliced apples and cinnamon/sugar in the bottom or try cooking them down with some butter and adding them at the end.
A word of advice - when it comes to mixing the batter, less is more. Although you would think that since you want it to puff and rise, you should whip the batter like a bad donkey. However that couldn't be farther from the truth. If you over-mix it, the air creates little tunnels and all escapes while it's baking instead of staying in the mix and helping it rise. You'll know that you over-mixed it if your finished product looks like a sad little hockey puck.
Have fun and enjoy!