You know what’s great about the Dutch Baby Pancake? Everything. It’s quick, easy to make, and delicious; with a custardy-almost-flan-like centre and a crisp exterior. This is a breakfast you don’t have to get up early to make…but you’ll probably want to. Oh, and it’s pretty too.
If you’ve visited this recipe before, you might think that things look a little different for some reason – well, they do. I’ve updated the post with much prettier photos of the eponymous Dutch Baby Pancake as well as added in some handy information to make things easier for you, bestie.
It’s All About Togetherness
Everything about this Dutch Baby Pancake recipe just screams (or respectfully communicates, whichever you prefer…) togetherness. You see, we’re not separating any ingredients here. We’re not assembling a bunch of pre-prepared components to make the dish. None of that malarkey. This recipe is all about bringing things together, and keeping them together.
Heck. We’re even going to let the batter rest. You know why? So that dry ingredients and the wet ingredients can get to know each other better. No, seriously – it’s so that the flour can absorb the liquid elements of the recipe.
What is a Dutch Baby Pancake
Basically, it’s a pancake with a higher ratio of eggs to flour than you would see in a more traditional buttermilk pancake recipe or no buttermilk pancake recipe. The result is a more custardy dish.
If you’ve ever eaten Yorkshire pudding, think of this as a sweeter, giant-er version.
Side Note: It’s also actually German. Deutsch, not Dutch.
- Milk (whole)
- All-Purpose Flour
- Vanilla Extract
- Granulated white sugar
How to make Dutch Baby Pancakes
Dutch Babies are easy to make. Simply begin by blending the eggs, whole milk, flour, vanilla, sugar and salt together. This forms your Dutch Baby pancake batter. Let it rest for 15-25 minutes.
In a hot pan, I use a 7-inch cast iron pan, but the more commonly available 10-inch cast iron skillet will work too. Pour the batter into the centre of the pan, swirling it gently so that it spreads evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the Dutch Baby Pancake is golden brown and puffed up! Top with whatever makes your stomach happy. I use icing sugar, fresh lemon juice, and ice cream. But if you fancy maple syrup, go for it!
Like all babies, your Dutch baby is going to grow in the oven. Unlike regular human babies however, from the moment you take it out of the oven, it’s going to gradually collapse (this is normal and unavoidable). Here are a few tips to end up with the biggest, fattest, and most delicious Dutch Baby Pancake.
- Let the batter rest for 15-25 minutes.
- Use a blender to create a smooth and airy batter. (You can also use your big, strong, whisking muscles. I use a blender.)
- Room temperature ingredients NEED to be room temperature. That means get your eggs and milk out of the fridge ahead of time. There’s no leavening agent in this recipe, so it’s up to the eggs to puff up the pancake.
- Opt for a smaller pan. Not tiny but on the smaller side. It gives your Dutch Baby Pancake a chance to puff up and expand around the edges. Personally, I like using a cast iron skillet.
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Dutch Babies one of those dishes that just don’t store superbly well. If you’ve got leftovers, you can put them in an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
While you can prepare the batter in advance, I’d urge you not to make the pancake too far in advance. It really is best eaten fresh! You can (technically) freeze the pancake for up to a month as well. But I find that it doesn’t thaw very well.
When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit. For this recipe post, I’ve kept it pretty simple by pairing it with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (yes, I love all the berries!), and some whipped cream or sour cream. Here are a few other simple ideas:
- Dust on a little ground cinnamon with a sprinkling of icing sugar for a more traditional approach.
- Chocolate. Drizzle. (Oh. Yes.)
- Ice cream on a Dutch baby pancake is a game changer. The mix of flavours with the hot and cold temperatures…heavenly.
- Peanut butter and your favourite jam (mine is strawberry) works a treat here too.
- If you’re feeling a little fancier, try whipping a little Greek yoghurt with a bit of honey, and mixing in granola clusters for a bit of crunch.
- Nutella alongside some fresh fruit (again, I like fresh berries!).
- If you’re looking to do something a little different, I’ve heard of people adding cheese and chives to create more savory Dutch Baby pancakes.
More Dutch Baby Pancake recipes
A traditional Dutch Baby is a great way to start your day. But sometimes you want a little variation. Here are a couple of other delicious Dutch Baby Pancake recipes for you:
- Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby Pancake (this one uses fresh raspberries and lemon curd to bump up the flavor profile)
- Fig Dutch Baby
- Peach Dutch Baby
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- Staub Black Cast Iron Pan – You can always depend on the quality of a Staub cast iron pan. This is designed to last a lifetime if taken care of properly! Just be sure to use some good oven mitts when removing it from the oven.
- Lodge Heat Enhanced, Seasoned Cast Iron Pan (x2) – If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Staub above, check out these cast iron pans from Lodge!
- KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender – I have this baby at home; a good blender is one of the best kitchen purchases you will ever make.
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Dutch Baby Pancake
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 1 Dutch Baby 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
This Dutch Baby Pancake recipe is quick, easy, and delicious; with a custardy-almost-flan-like centre and a crisp exterior. You HAVE to try this!
- 3 Large Eggs, room temperature
- ⅔ cup Milk, room temperature
- ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsp White Sugar
- A pinch of Salt
- 3 tbsp Butter
- Icing Sugar, for dusting
- Lemon Juice, to drizzle
- Blend eggs, milk, flour, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt together until smooth. 1-3 minutes. (You can mix them manually if you really want to.)
- Let blended batter rest for 15-25 minutes. (This allows the flour to absorb the liquid)
- Melt butter in your hot pan (I used a 7-inch cast iron pan, but any nonstick baking-ready pan/dish will work). Pour batter into centre of pan; give it a gentle swirl to make sure it spreads evenly. Place pan in the oven.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- Dust with Icing Sugar; drizzle over lemon juice. (I threw in a quenelle of ice cream and some sliced strawberries. Yolo.)
Check out the Dutch Baby Pancake tips section above for everything you need to know!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Breakfast & Brunch
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Dutch Baby Pancake, Dutch Baby recipe, Dutch Baby Pancake Recipes, German Pancake, German Pancake recipes,
These pancakes look delicious and definitely worth waking up for. Perfect for brunch.
Kate @ Veggie Desserts
I need to try Dutch babys! Great tip to let the batter rest.
Thanks Kate, you should definitely try a Dutch baby! Super easy, and super delish!
Oh maaa gaahhh…that is some baby. Deliciously popover-ish looking too. And I hear it screaming my name. Thanks bestie. This shall be my breakfast soon one day.
Thanks Tisa! I hope you enjoy it!!
GET IN MY BELLY!!!
Do it Lucy! Make them today!
Oh my gosh that looks AMAZING! I love that little cast iron pan too 🙂
Thank you Elizabeth! I love my little cast iron pan too (can you believe I got it brand new for $10???)!
My-my! This is quite something, bestie! It looks really delicious, I’m looking forward to making it!
Thanks Bestie, I hope you enjoy it!!
I love custard like dishes and this pancake looks and sounds really yummy. Perfect comfort food to start the day especially on a cold winter morning. 🙂
Thanks Daphne! You’re right – it’s a perfect way to start the winter mornings!
Omg this looks so good! And finally a recipe where I have all the ingredients already haha!
Thanks Jessica! And that’s one of the best things about the Dutch Baby Pancake, no fancypants ingredients required! 🙂
Makes me want to invest in a cast iron… If only I cooked more!
You can make this without the cast iron, just use a non-stick! 🙂
That said…I got my mini cast iron pan at Winners for like $10 ! 😉
I wish I cooked because this looks delicious
This is a great easy recipe to start cooking with 🙂
Just found this site – wow. But don’t the commentors ever come back and say they actually made it??
Hey there, I’m so glad you found me! Mmm…sometimes people come back to and say they’ve made a recipe, sometimes they don’t. A lot of people will post their version of one of my recipes to Instagram and tag me so I can see it, and a small handful have posted directly to my Facebook page too 🙂
Dutch baby perfection! Thanks for the great recipe! I followed the recipe exactly and the result was the tallest dutch baby I’ve ever made.
Ahhh!! Yaay for tall babies!!
I always wondered what a dutch baby was and you were the first person to actually give an answer with a recipe, thank you!
Happy to help!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
This looks delicious! What a great way to start the day with a cup of coffee 🙂
I agree, perfect with a cup of coffee! Hope you’re having a good weekend (and New Year!!!)
Such simple ingredient I can make this any time! I have raspberries in the fridge that will be the perfect garnish!
That’s one of my favourite things about it! Such basic requirements, you almost always have everything ready at home!
Denise from Urb’n’Spice
Your Dutch Baby pancake looks so good! I haven’t made one for years and years and my funny story connected to this is my girlfriend (after I made it for her) made me promise to NOT make it for that “so-and-so” guy who was stalking me or I would never be able to get rid of him. Luckily, I listened to her and saved making it for another great guy instead (my husband of 4 decades), so it is a keeper recipe! it is time I made it again. Thanks for the inspiration, Riz! ❤️
LOL!!! That’s such a lovely story! Isn’t it great how we connect food to stories and feelings?
how do you serve it? do you make individual ones, or one big one and cut it up? If you bake it for 20 mins, and you are feeding 5 people, that would take a while if you make separate ones. What do you recommend?
Hey Jessica! I usually make one big one and cut it up into 4 or 5 slices at the table. IF you wanted to make mini ones, you could split the batter over multiple mini cast irons, and bake them at the same time 🙂
It came out beautifully!
Yaay!!! So happy to hear it. I’m actually thinking of making a Dutch Baby pancake for breakfast this weekend!