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Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe- Puff Pancake.

A big, light, fluffy Dutch baby pancake is baked in the oven and can be whipped up in a few minutes. 

German pancakes also known as Dutch baby or puff pancakes are one of the simplest foods you can make from scratch with wholesome ingredients. These Dutch baby pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. The flour, egg, and milk come together quickly in one bowl and then the mixture is transferred into a piping-hot skillet. A meal with only two dirty dishes sounds excellent, doesn't it?

Dutch baby pancakes can be served with just syrup like a traditional pancake but they aren't super filling on their own. You will want to pair the Dutch baby with fresh fruit, bacon, or breakfast sausage. If you're feeling extra energetic you can make a strawberry or blueberry syrup to pour over the top of the Dutch baby. A Dutch baby has to be cooked in a piping hot skillet so sauteing some chopped apples before adding the batter works wonderfully. 

How To Make A Berry Syrup

Berry syrup is easy to make and can be deliciously drizzled over a Dutch baby, french toast, or even biscuits. To make a batch of berry syrup simply add  2 cups of frozen berries to a small to medium saucepan. Put a lid on and cook the berries over medium heat for about ten minutes. This step will release the liquids from the berries. After the ten minutes is up remove the lid and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. Use a potato masher to mash the strawberries and cook for another ten minutes. This step will reduce the liquid and allow the berry syrup to thicken. 

How to make a baked apple Dutch baby 

 Place the cast iron skillet in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes to heat the skillet. Remove the skillet from the oven and on the stovetop add the butter and saute 1-2 chopped apples (depending on the size of the skillet) add a little cinnamon and cook until the apples are soft. Pour the batter over the apples and bake as directed. 

Why didn't my Dutch baby pancake puff?

Two things that give a Dutch baby its puff and peaks are steam and a rested batter. For steam to work you need a piping hot skillet and oven. Be sure to preheat the skillet for 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven. A rested batter simply means to let the batter set on the counter for 10 minutes before baking. While the batter rests it traps air that's needed for a puffy Dutch baby. It also allows some gluten and proteins in the flour to develop so the batter can stretch and puff without breaking. 

Important Tips 


Use room-temperature milk and eggs.

Don't open the oven door for at least 15 minutes. Opening the oven door too soon can cause the Dutch baby pancake to deflate. 

A piping hot skillet is very important when making a Dutch baby pancake. The Dutch baby requires steam from a hot skillet in order to puff.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the skillet in the oven for 15 minutes before baking.

Double this recipe for a 14-inch or larger cast iron skillet.

The mixture will be thin.


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup milk (room temperature) 

  • 3 large eggs (room temperature) 

  • 1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt  

  • 3 tablespoons butter for the skillet


How to make a Dutch baby pancake

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Place the skillet in the 400-degree oven for 15 minutes.

In a bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Once the eggs and milk are combined, light yellow in color and fluffy, whisk in the flour. You want a smooth batter with no lumps you can throw all of the ingredients in a blender but a few minutes of whisking works just as well.

Let the mixture rest by leaving the bowl on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Remove the hot skillet and place the butter in the skillet. Once the butter is melted (it won't take long the butter should sizzle and start to melt right away) Pour the batter into the skillet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Garnish with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit or berry syrup.

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