Good Morning: Dutch Baby

Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day.

I can't eat until 10 a.m., and then I like to have an omelet of some kind or a piece of toast w/ maybe a smear of avocado. I force it down. I am more of a lunch kind of girl.

I would not consider this to be breakfast. This is a TREAT!

I love the word "Dutch Baby". I like saying it (I know I'm weird).
Some people call this a "German pancake" or a "Bismarck". Call it what you like, but you will call it delicious!

This version has apples in it, though the original pancake was more like a sweet Yorkshire pudding.

If you google Dutch Baby, a million different recipes come up with all different measurements of flour and eggs and sugar. This one is more labor intensive, but I was attracted to the caramelized apples and the brown sugar.

It puffs up beautifully, then deflates a bit. You can sprinkle powdered sugar on top or serve it with syrup, but I liked it plain.

It's the perfect autumn Sunday breakfast before pumpkin or apple picking.

Apple Dutch Baby (or German Apple Pancake): (adapted from the kitchn)

2 large apples, (I used fuji)
4 tablespoons white sugar, divided (3 tbsp + 1 tbsp)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup unsalted butter (5 tbsp)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup milk (I used 1% lowfat)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs
Powdered or cinnamon sugar, to serve

Heat the oven to 400°F. Peel, core, and quarter the apples, then cut them into medium slices. Then cut the slices in halves or thirds. You should have about 3 cups of chopped apples (I left mine in slices).

In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon and ginger and set aside.

Cut the butter into chunks and place them in a deep cast iron skillet or 8x8-inch baking dish.
Put the skillet or baking dish in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the butter is melted.

Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the 1/3 cup brown sugar over the melted butter.
Carefully spread the apples on top of the brown sugar and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.

Put the pan back in the oven to caramelize the apples and sugar, about 6 minutes.

While the apples are caramelizing, whisk the flour with the remaining tablespoon of sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly with a large wire whisk to beat out any lumps. When the flour is smoothly incorporated into the milk, beat in the vanilla and the eggs one by one. Beat by hand for 2 minutes, or until foamy. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.

By now the sugar should be bubbling around the apples.

Take the pan out of the oven and pour the batter over the apples. Bake for about 20 more minutes or until center is set and sides are lightly browned and puffed!

Pancake will deflate a bit. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I hope you try this deliciousness this fall weekend! Enjoy.

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Yours is so puffy and pretty Stacey. I call mine a Bismark from Silver Palate days, only I make mine with much less butter than they did.

I top mine with things like raspberries/blueberries, but I've never poured the batter on top as you have over the apples. What a fabulous idea! So fabulous I think I'll borrow it from you, with credit of course.
Maria said…
Oh yum! Love Dutch Babies!
The JR said…
Never had one, but sure do need to try it.
I remember the first time I found a recipe for a Dutch baby, it was in the advertising pages of the Readers Digest (grew up with one in the bathroom)and it was called "Big Pancake". Growing up I was always the first person awake in the house, so one morning I decided to make breakfast for the family. It was so simple and so tasty. It was just eggs, milk, and flour, seasoned with nutmeg and sprinkled with lemon and powdered sugar. Love the addition of apples. It's a recipe that lends itself so well to fruit!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
I've never eaten or made one of these, but they always intrigued me. Will have to give it a try this weekend.
Michele said…
I saw this recently in a magazine. It's one of those things that I see from time to time and always say I'm going to make it but never do. Maybe you have just inspired me! lol
Joanne said…
I would call this dessert for breakfast...which is really the best kind of breakfast!
Love thre caramalized apples, I've made it, but only with berries. I've been eating too much lately, I'll put it on my "to make list"!
Anonymous said…
If you're not hungry, why choke down anythng for breakfast? Enquiring minds want to know...
zenchef said…
Gosh, Stacey. Why are you doing this to me!? This Dutch baby looks amazing. I would get out of bed at 5 am for something like this.
Foodiewife said…
I've been making one of these every weekend. I have a box of apples, and my family LOVES this easy recipe. I love breakfast. It's one of my favorite meals to go out and enjoy. Now, if I could only replicate the Cheese Blintzes that I treat myself to in Carmel, CA. My life would be complete.
Mollie said…
Oh, Gosh, I love there. I had one years ago and forgot about them until your post.
lisa is cooking said…
Every time I see a Dutch baby, I want to run and make one! Right now, I'm looking through the ingredient list to see if I have everything. I have plenty of apples, so I think this can be breakfast!
Noelle Marie said…
I love the final product outside on the cobblestone and leaves. I'm gonna have to do this... despite how the neighbors look at me in my bathrobe and camera get up!
Stacey Snacks said…
Noelle Marie,
I don't even own a bathrobe, so imagine what my neighbors think? They are used to it!

Anonymous said…
Thanks, Staey! Dutch babies have been our mainstay for years, the basic recipes(from an old Sunset mag) is so easy and can be adjusted by # of people. This dressed up version is like the delicious apple pancakes in Chicago.
Just checked the pantry and I have everything! Going to make it after I walk the beasts. Can't wait!!!
tasteofbeirut said…
Great version! This one reminds me of a French one which I am sure they will claim as French and not Dutch! :)
Ben said…
Stacey, this is magnificent. A great recipe, and an equally great thought process behind it. Being willing to do something in a more labor-intensive way just to get it exactly right is to show great respect for the cooking process.

Made it this morning and OMG is it good! Looks gorgeous and smells fabulous
Oui Chef said…
I've never had or made a dutch baby, but they look terrific. Not sure I have a pan big enough to make one for my whole gang, might have to lock the kids in a closet and just make one for me and my wife!
Akriti said…
Apple Dutch Baby. Morning break fast recipes. hmmmm Very nice Recipes.
Catherine said…
We had a pancake house near us in a Detroit suburb and went there for brunch every Sunday after church. One of these was on the menu, frequently ordered by my dad. I used to have a taste, but I prefer savory things for brunch.