Apple Dutch Baby

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More

Dutch baby recipe

Tonight, the temperature here is going down to 7 degrees. Seven. For us here in eastern Pennsylvania, that’s unusually cold even in the dead of winter. Everyone’s face gets all scrunched up when they’re outside because it hurts.

I don’t mind winter or the cold so much at all, as long as I have my creature comforts. At our house, that means dogs and cats to cuddle up with, a fire burning in the fireplace all day, a needlework project to work on, hot coffee and a fully stocked pantry so I can make a comforting breakfast.

We enjoy this apple Dutch baby frequently at our place, and it’s easy to make. It is a skillet pancake with more interesting textures than your typical pancake. The center will be kind of custardy like bread pudding, but the edges get crispy and light. So, so good. And, the way it puffs up is awe-inspiring. Just beautiful!

 

When you have company for breakfast, make this. It’s decadent and no one (you) has to stand over the stove, cooking things in batches while trying to keep the rest warm or watching bitterly as everyone eats ahead of you. When my parents visited recently, I had two skillets going at once in the oven, and then we all ate at the same time.

Some notes on technique: Before going to bed the night before, take your eggs out of the fridge and leave them on the counter. Room temperature ingredients are best for this Bon Appetit Dutch baby recipe. The key to getting the awesome lift of a proper Dutch baby is to have your pan very hot when you add the batter to it. So, don’t skimp on that step.

Ingredients (Serves 4, but really only 2) 

Dutch baby recipe3 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup whole milk, preferably room temperature, but not necessary

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 apple, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Real maple syrup

Dutch baby recipeStep one: 

3 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup whole milk, preferably room temperature, but not necessary

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

Dutch baby recipeStep two:

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 apple, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the apple slices and sprinkle them with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are coated with mixture and softened, about 5 minutes.

Remove apples from the skillet and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.

Dutch baby recipeStep three:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Real maple syrup

Place the skillet in the hot oven for a full 10 minutes – don’t cheat!

Carefully slide oven rack with the super-hot skillet out and add the butter to melt. Swirl the pan gently to coat the bottom and the sides of the skillet. Add the reserved apples to the center of the skillet. Next, pour batter into the skillet. Close oven door and bake until dramatically puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve with warm maple syrup and hot, strong coffee.

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