This Dutch baby pancake recipe is not only super easy to make, but it’s also a one-pan wonder!
Remember trips to the Original Pancake House for Dutch baby pancakes? Those giant rounds of lightly sweetened puff pancakes were served with fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar, then topped off with a squeeze of lemon juice. Well now we have the ultimate Dutch baby German pancake recipe — and it brings back those sweet memories!
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Got a 12” skillet or a muffin pan? Make a large baked German pancake for one (or two)! Or, make minis by pouring small rounds onto a prepared muffin pan. Also, Dutch baby pancakes can be made without a skillet by using a frying pan just as long as it’s also oven-safe.
What is a German Pancake?
German pancakes, also called “dutch babies,” are similar to popovers.
A lightly sweetened pancake dough is poured into a prepared pan and allowed to rise in the oven until the edges are crispy and brown.
Similar to the English version of Yorkshire pudding, Dutch babies are often served with a variety of fruits, syrups, and jams. And they’re always sprinkled with powdered sugar!
Other Names for Dutch Babies
German pancakes are also called a “Dutch Puff” or a “Bismarck,” but on restaurant menus, Dutch baby is the most popular name for this delectable breakfast or brunch treat!
How to Make German Pancakes
Simple to make and extra special, Dutch babies take no time at all to prepare.
- Melt butter in the skillet to preheat, then spread berries on the bottom of the pan.
- Mix and pour batter over berries and place skillet back in the oven until edges of the pastry are crisp and browned.
- Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar on top!
PRO TIP: For an even quicker version, a boxed pancake mix will do in a jiffy, too! Also, any kind of milk can be used. Whole milk, 2%, soy, almond, coconut, oat, or even hemp milk will do!
Best Fruits to Use on a Dutch Baby
German pancake batter is light and fluffy but still dense enough to hold different types of fillings and fruits.
- It’s perfect for berries: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, or slices of strawberries.
- Caramelized apples and fresh sliced peaches or pears are wonderful!
- Even wedges of melons like cantaloupe or honeydew make for a colorful addition to Dutch babies, too!
Best Toppings for German Pancakes
I love the flavor of lemon and blueberries, so love to add zest along with the powdered sugar. Aside from fresh fruit, some of our favorite toppings for Dutch babies are as follows!
- Fruit jam, jelly, or preserves
- Rhubarb applesauce
- Whipped cream or coconut cream
- Vanilla ice cream
- Spicy Chocolate Sauce, Caramel, or Strawberry sauce
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Peanut Butter
- Toasted crushed almonds or walnuts
I’ve been making these fabulous blueberry dutch babies for years, and my kiddos often ask for them over regular pancakes (which they adore), especially when they can add their choice of toppings 😉
Dutch Baby Pancake
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease skillet. Add butter to skillet and pop into the oven until butter melts, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Add blueberries to the skillet.
- Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, flour, and cinnamon until smooth.
- Pour batter into skillet over blueberries.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until center is set. If using fresh berries, bake for 18 minutes.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar if using and serve immediately.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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Recipe from Averie Cooks