Dutch Baby for Breakfast

by heidi on July 25, 2011

Growing up my family didn’t do many baked breakfasts. We weren’t the pancake or waffle crowd, it was more bacon and eggs for us.

So when we head for our friend’s mountain cabin, it’s all about what we’re going to eat. Dutch Babies is a traditional breakfast that my friend Sherrie has made for her kids for years, and once I got a taste of it’s sweet but custardy goodness, it was like a whole new world appeared.

The puffed pancake with crispy edges rounding out the eggey-custard-gooey-ness, with a light sweetness from a sifting of powdered sugar and a tart note from fresh squeezed oranges (or lemons if you like it tart) is a must-have whenever we head to the hills.

FoodieCrush Magazine Dutch Babyphoto > foodiecrush

Sherrie combines her egg mixture in a blender, and depending on how many she’s cooking for, will use a cast-iron skillet, a 9 X 12 casserole dish or sometimes a Corning baking dish. It doesn’t matter so much what you bake it in, just make sure that you pre-heat the baking dish and butter in the hot oven before adding the batter—so that when you add the batter it sizzles a bit and has a head-start in crisping up.

When right out of the oven, the Dutch Baby looks like a giant popover but will deflate after it sits for a couple of minutes. Don’t worry, you didn’t mess up, it’s supposed to come back down to earth.

FoodieCrush Magazine Dutch Babyphoto > foodiecrush

A couple of Dutch Baby tricks I learned from an old issue of Cook’s Illustrated:

  1. Use skim or non-fat milk to make the batter crisp and light (they also sub 1/4 cup of flour for cornstarch for added crisp)
  2. Using an ordinary skillet with sloping sides gives an even rise
  3. Brush the inside of the cooking vessel with veggie oil to prevent sticking, then add in the butter for flavor.

FoodieCrush Magazine Dutch Baby RecipeAnd now for a few variations:

FoodieCrush Magazine Moonlight Baker German Pancakesphoto > The Moonlight Baker

On a smaller scale than the tradtional Dutch Baby, The Moonlight Baker‘s Lemon Scented German Pancakes topped with blueberries and blackberries are similiar in texture and flavor, but portioned for one. The secret to Kim’s recipe? Fresh ingredients so the simplicity shines through.

FoodieCrush Magazine Karmic Kitchen Dutch Baby Bacon Eggphoto > Karmic Ktichen

A self-professed bacon lover, Karmic Kitchen‘s takes the traditional recipe for dutch babies and adds a super spin with self-contained eggs and bacon strips in Mini Dutch Babies with Bacon and Eggs. Genius individual servings.
FoodieCrush Magazine Cooking With My Kid German Apple Pancakephoto > Cooking With My Kid

Cooking With My Kid’s German Apple Pancake is the perfect example of Rebecca’s knack for creating tasty food kids are begging to try thanks, to the custard-egg-flavor topped with sweet apples and powdered sugar. And maple syrup of course.

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Bev Weidner July 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

I have GOT to figure out a way to crawl into this post and eat my way out.



heidi July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Start eating Bev!


Kaitlin July 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

My family was a pancake family, but I’ve never had a dutch baby before. It looks so tasty!


Emily July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Holy cow, these look amazing!


Annalise July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

It’s been a while since I made a dutch baby, I think it’s time to remedy that. Your photos have my mouth watering!


heidi July 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Coming from a fellow shutterbug, thanks for the compliment!


Leatrix August 25, 2014 at 12:48 am

Your’s is a point of view where real inceglilente shines through.


kelley July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Mmmmm, I love dutch babies. It was the first thing I ever learned to make on my own. Your pictures are nothing short of amazing. Seriously.


heidi July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Ah, thanks Kelley. How old were you when you first cooked them? My first baked good was Snickerdoodles when I was in 4-H wayyyy back in the day. And no, I did not grow up on a farm.


Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Ace post! ive never had a duch baby, but i know whole-heartedly i would love it :) such pretty photos and a lovely writing style indeed


heidi July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thanks Sasha, you should definitely give them a try.


Marissa July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I’m a pancake breakfast girl, but only on occasion, I’ve never heard of a “dutch baby” before. The photos are tugging at my taste-buds making me salivate.


Marla July 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I have never had a Dutch Baby, but now I certainly know I need to!


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Those look delicious! I love dutch babies. I’ve tried an apple version and a savory version but I haven’t tried one with orange wedges to squeeze over the pancake like your first picture, that looks so yummy :D This posts reminds me to make one again soon, they’re always a hit with the whole family! I loved all your tips, thank you!


heidi July 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Thank you for commenting. And of course, great name :)


Robin July 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Do you know of a good gluten free flour mix for this recipe?
I’d love to try a Dutch Baby. Looks amazing!


heidi July 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

As a matter of fact, Panamint Handmade posted her gluten-free version to me on Twitter http://panaminthandmade.squarespace.com/blog/2011/5/2/apple-dutch-baby.html
She uses millet flour and arrowroot flour. Glad I had an answer for you.


Robin July 27, 2011 at 4:29 am

Yay!!! Thank you! Thank you! :)


Holly July 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Looks divine… beautiful photos! I know what we’ll be having for breakfast this weekend…


heidi July 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Maybe I can make them for you sometime :) XOXO


Amy Robison July 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I randomly thought of you today and thought I’d check out your food blog. This looks so tasty. I’m making it tonight for dinner. I love breakfast foods for dinner. They taste better at night for some reason. Anyway I hope you’re doing well, and I look forward to trying more delicious recipes you post, assuming you don’t let me down with this one. :)


Maureen July 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I see photos of these and think, “I have to make one of these soon,” and then I never do. It looks fantastic!


Jay July 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

Ohh…I feel like reaching out n have a taste now..:P
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Fuji Mama July 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Now I’m craving Dutch Baby so bad it’s not even funny!!


Becky at Vintage Mixer September 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

Your dutch baby looks amazing Heidi! And I love all of the tips you gave. I’ll have to give this recipe a shot soon!


Willa Lane December 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

DEAR. Thank you! It was the first thing I ever learned to make on my own. Those look delicious!


Amy January 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

These look delicious. I add sugar, vanilla and sprinkle with brown sugar. :)


Cindy May 8, 2012 at 6:04 am

I made these this morning, and while they tasted good, they didn’t look anything like the photo. They were just flat (after sinking as they were supposed to) and not cake-like at all.


heidi May 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Cindy, the size of cooking vessel will determine how high your dutch baby rises. I used a 1 1/2 quart Corning Ware baking dish for this photo but have used 9 X 12 baking dishes which flattens them out. Make sure the pan and butter is really hot so it climbs the sides of the dish. Good luck.


marla May 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

Back for more…


ksantoro May 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

This sounds like the Dream Cake that our hostess made at a bed and breakfast in Ottawa. It was wonderful with a little powdered sugar and blueberries sprinkle over it.


Sarka May 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Now that looks like a real Sunday breakfast :-)


Robin February 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I’ve made this multiple times and I LOVE it.

- I’ve used gluten free flour and almond milk as substitutes as well and it has worked.
-I’ve used less butter and gotten away with it as well.

Thanks for this recipe!


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