Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dutch baby

We were having a hard time figuring out what to make for dinner on Saturday night, so I made a dutch baby.  A dutch baby is another name for German pancake. We like having them and growing up they were a family favorite. Since getting a cast iron skillet for Christmas, I usually make it in that now. You can cook it in any oven safe container that you want though.

The recipe that I use is the one that my family used for years, except with a few tweaks of my own I got from a cooking show.
Start out by preheating the oven to 425 degrees. Add 1/3 cup of butter to your pan and put in oven to melt the butter. While the butter is melting add 4 eggs to a blender and blend on high for about a minute. Next with the blender going on low add a cup of milk. (I used Lactose free whole milk because Isabella was having some.)  After the milk add 1 cup of flour. I also add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla or other extract. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds more, I usually leave the blender on till the butter is melted. Remove the pan from the oven and pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 21 to 25 minutes.
As you can see by the pictures, it puffs way up. I actually had to pull it out and flop part of it back into the pan because it was escaping. Make sure you turn the oven light on and let the kids watch it rise.
Once it is cooked you can top it how ever you want. We usually put powdered sugar and syrup on it. Peanut butter or fruit are also good choices.

While I was in Oregon visiting my family recently, I got this aircraft carrier picture that had hung on my Grandma Oma's wall for years. My grandfather had helped build the carrier at the shipyard in Portland, Oregon during World War Two. It was a smaller carrier to be used for escort. My grandma died last year and this picture meant a lot to me. I hung it up this weekend in our living room.

For fun this weekend I put one of Isabella's sweatshirts on our cat Chloe. She sat on the coffee table for a few minutes before getting it off.

I hope everyone has a great week.



  1. The first time I ever tried a dutch baby was at Doug's parents house. I loved it! Thanks for the receipe. Also, what a precious gift to have hanging in your home. It's something you'll always remember. I have to say what a funny picture that is of your cat in a sweater. It's hilarious!

  2. It IS nice that Chloe fits into Isabella's shirts now. During the week we dress her stuffed teddy bear in her shirts, she gets a huge kick out of it. We aren't brave enough to put Chloe in anything, I don't want to get scratched up. :)