Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oven-Puffed Pancake with Berries

I'm all for pancakes in the morning, but I am not a fan of standing at the stovetop endlessly pouring and flipping. The oven-puffed pancake (a.k.a., Dutch baby, Dutch pancake, German pancake) is the solution. Pour it in, bake it, and you are ready to go in a flash. Plus, with the dramatic puff as it emerges from the oven -- and then the warm custardy center -- this pancake has a whole lot more pizzazz than the usual flapjack.
While we wait through this seemingly endless non-growing season, we reached to the back of our freezer for a bag of tasty frozen berries. Just a quick toss of berries brings a simple puffed pancake to new heights. A sprinkling of powdered sugar lends a little extra sweetness and elegance.
Like our earlier recipe for baked eggs with a crispy hash brown eggs, you are likely to already have these ingredients in your refrigerator. So grab your trusty cast iron skillet, and let's do this...
Oven-Puffed Pancake with Berries

From Hay Day Country Market Cookbook
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries (or combination), fresh or frozen
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling
1. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Place the butter in a 10-in oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron), and place it in the oven.
2. Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients, and whisk until combined and smooth.
3. Wearing an oven mitt, remove the hot skillet from the oven (the butter should be bubbling), and pour in the batter all at once. Sprinkle the berries evenly over the top, and return the skillet to the oven. Bake until the pancake is nicely browned and puffed around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes.
4. Remove the pancake from the oven (don't forget that oven mitt!). Carefully transfer to a serving platter, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

36 comments:

  1. Definitely making this tomorrow morning!

    BTW, we have the same silver. Mine was a gift from my grandmother.

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  2. lol. Thanks, Brittany!

    Les - Yes, it was my grandmother's wedding silver from the '20s! Let us know how the pancake turns out. :)

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  3. That looks delicious. I'll be right over!! ;-)

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  4. Dulcie, my silver was given to me by my maternal grandmother (Searles). Alison's mom. What a coincidence that your grandmother and Tyler's grandmother both chose the same pattern!

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  5. thanks for this recipe, I made it for breakfast - very nice. My dish may have been a bit small though, it took longer to cook and looking back at yours now, mine was deeper. Still a winner though.

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  6. That does it! I've gotta try making a giant puffed pancake. Yours looks incredible.

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  7. Thanks for the recipe! I found it on Pinterest yesterday and made it this morning for my two year old twins, they loved it! And it was much quicker than flipping pancakes with little ones pulling on me:)

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  8. I love your photos. So gorgeous. I'll probably never make this because I'm too lazy, but it looks delicious.

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  9. Dulcie, I made it this morning and Uncle Bill says it's the best! Must say I liked it too - too much!
    Tia

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  10. This looks so delicious (and the pictures are gorgeous too!)

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  11. how many servings do you think one pancake makes? i'm thinking of trying it for dinner this week

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  12. OMG this looks so amazing! Definitely trying it out one lazy morning soon!

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  13. This looks fantastic!
    Hmmm.....I think I found a new Easter brunch item :)

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  14. Oooo I have wanted to make Dutch Baby pancakes forever, and this recipe makes it seem so simple! Must try SOON

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  15. Served these yummy pancakes to our B&B guests. A hit and so easy to do. A new addition to our breakfast menu! Many thanks.

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  16. TONIGHT! I convinced him to make them for dinner! I LOVE PANCAKES FOR DINNER! I'm so excited I just popped.

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  17. You're right! I have all the ingredients. Love when that happens! I also love that you can use fresh or frozen fruit.

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  18. Finally bought a cast iron skillet... This will be a great way to break it in!

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  19. Made this for the second time and it only gets better! One question- any way to keep it from falling once its out of the oven? Thanks!

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    1. Unfortunately, the puff is only fleeting. :)

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  20. Thanks for a great recipe! I made this this morning for my in-laws and we all loved it. It is definitely a keeper and one I will be making again and again... see easy too!

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  21. Just made this for breakfast with Shaylyn. It was delicious!!!

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  22. Hi there, I'm dutch and every now and then I eat pancakes (for supper) with my kids. I must say I neaver heard ofa pancake called 'Dutch Baby', one more excuse to eat pancakes in the morning :)
    greating from the Netherlands, Gerben

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  23. Can this be made without a cast iron skillet? In a pie dish or other baking dish?

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    1. Yes, this should work just as well in a 9-in pie pan!

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    2. I made it in a pie pan and it turned out great. Less butter of course. Thank you for the yummy recipe!!

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    3. We made it in a cake pan, instead of a skillet, and it worked fine! Delicious, thanks!

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  24. I made the pancake this morning in my skillet and it was honestly one of the best breakfasts I've made! Thanks so much for the incredible recipe. Super easy, cheap, and delicious.

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  25. Can this be made the night before and reheated in the morning? Looking to make this for a breakfast for a large group and would need to make a few of them.

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    1. Unfortunately they don't reheat particularly well. They really need to be made just before serving!

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  26. I've made this a couple of times and each time it's been perfect. Question: I have almond milk in my fridge currently; would that work as a substitute for milk in the recipe?

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    1. I think there's a good chance that almond milk would work, but I've never tried it myself so can't say for sure. If you try, report back! :)

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  27. Also tastes great without the berries, just plain! Then I eat it topped with syrup.

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