Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dutch Dutch Baby

Dutch dutch baby . . . sounds like a bad song from 1990, yes? Ok I am a huge dork. I won't pretend not to be. We did go to a great concert at the Wonder Ballroom last night, though. With some really awesome friends. To see a super-talented musician from 2012. Ben Howard. Check him out. He's just that good.

Okay, okay, moving on to the real topic of the day... Dutch Baby. Growing up, my family spent many weekend mornings eating breakfast at The Original Pancake House. Dutch baby has always been on the menu. The menu notes that it takes extra time to prepare. And it comes out a big, puffy glorious platterful of yumminess. I always figured something that special and delicious must also be difficult to create.

Then I married Eric. And gained a fabulous cook of a mother-in-law, Robyn.

One morning, after Eric and I had stayed the night at their house, she made a dutch baby. I was still asleep when she made it. When I came into the kitchen, and discovered she had made a dutch baby, I was in awe.

Eric and I started having kids of our own. Robyn passed down some of their family's favorite recipes. Including the recipe for dutch baby. One morning I pulled it out. Wait. What?? It's that easy??

So, I'm sharing the recipe here today. Dutch Baby is just so easy. It's one of my go-to recipes for a easy, hot breakfast. It's always met with cheers and squeals of excitement. It's impressive to serve for company (not that I'm condoning pride :)! ) And you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

1/3 cup butter
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour (I've heard that it even tastes good with gluten-free flour alternatives)

Optional for serving:
Powdered sugar

First, occupy your toddler.

Put butter in 9"x13" pan and set in a 425 degree oven to melt. (I set pan in oven while oven is heating).

While butter is melting put the eggs in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Gradually add milk, then flour (slowly). Blend for 30 seconds. Having a little red-headed helper is nice too.

Remove the baking dish from the oven and pour batter into the hot melted butter. Return to heated 425 degree oven and bake until puffy and nicely browned. Approximately 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately. Seriously delicious with syrup. Or fresh berries. Or berry compote. Or with some sauteed apples with sugar and cinnamon.

Now, of course, the one day I decided to take pictures of a dutch baby it didn't turn out so puffy. I forgot to set the timer, and I don't think it cooked quite long enough. But just imagine all of the sides puffed up with buttery goodness. And go listen to some Ben Howard to get that Vanilla Ice song out of your head. You'll be glad you did.


felicia said...

Ooh that sounds fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

Dassow Mommy said...

I like to cut apples up into bite size pieces, mix them in lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar, add them to the batter and cook them. Extra delicious.

Christy said...

Yum, totally trying that!!