Monday, July 6, 2009

The Dutch Baby.

When you love someone, anyone, and you want them to know it, I recommend you make them a Dutch baby pancake for breakfast.

Sure, you could scramble them eggs, or flip flop some pancakes or even go grab a coffee. These are all very nice, but if you really love them, and want to prove it first thing in the morning, you will make the Dutch Baby, out of the blue, for no reason at all, other than to express said love.

"Why the Dutch baby?" you ask.

"You'll see," I say, with a devious grin.

Dutch Baby Pancakes With Lemon and Sugar
from "A Homemade Life" by *Molly Wizenberg

2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 lg eggs
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 tsp salt
freshly squeezed lemon juice
powdered sugar, sifted

"Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Put the butter in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and place over low heat. Alternatively, put the butter in a similarly sized cake pan or pie plate, use a pastry brush to coax it up the sides of the skillet.
Meanwhile, in a blender [or food processor] mix together the eggs, flour, half-and-half, and salt until well blended.
Pour the eggmixture into the warmed skillet. Slide into the ove, and bake for 18 to 25 minutes. The mixture will rise and puff around the edges, like a bowl-shaped souffle. The Dutch baby is ready when the center looks set and the edges are nicely risen and golden brown.
Remove from the oven. Drizzle-or splash, really; abundance is good here - with lemon juice and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Serve immediately."

*(I really love her, and if you do too, you might do yourself a favor and buy her book.)


Margaret said...

This sounds and looks really similar to the British Yorkshire pudding. Traditionally muffin sized, served with gravy and a full Sunday roast but the domestic goddess herself Nigella Lawson suggested also making a bigger version and serving as a desert with golden syrup. Super good, super versatile, super decadent. The dutch version sounds even more decadent with half and half in it though! I must try it :D

Chantal said...

That looks delicious. Mmm, mmm!
Thanks for the recipe. :-)

anna j said...

Oh my--this does look, and sound, divine . . . now I just need to find someone to make it for me, to complete the scenario :-)

Anonymous said...

This is totally a Pettit Christmas morning tradition! I never heard of them until Nelson came along and now I make them for him :) You're right, if you LOVE them, you'll make a dutch baby!

Patty said...

I make an apple oven pancake; I think it's in Vegetarian Epicure. A special treat at our house, often requested by my daughter Amelia, who will be 26 in October!

Anonymous said...

Dutch Crumbs on Dutch Baby?

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