Dutch Baby Pancake and other discoveries

An effortless, spectacular breakfast treat.  Oh baby, what a discovery!

An effortless, spectacular breakfast treat.
Oh baby, what a discovery!


I love to travel – an even bigger hobby than food (ok, that is cheating as travel always involves food).  Usually travelling is about discovering faraway places and exotic lands. Which makes it even more special to discover a hidden gems on my own doorstep.  Again, I am not being accurate… this discovery was not quite THAT close to home, to be honest.

I was visiting friends up in the north. They took me to visit this little town so far off in the northern corner of the country that my navigation system actually took me through Germany on my way home. But back to this amazing place, the fortress town of Bourtange.

A short history of the place: it was built, it fell into ruin and it was rebuilt. To add some dates to that 1593, 1851, 1967. But those facts really do not say much. That is why I borrowed the below picture from the town’s website.

 

 

Stellar discovery - Bourtagne fortress

Stellar discovery – Bourtange fortress

 

The reason for the fortresses star shaped design was the increased use of the canon in battle in the 15th century. The old medieval ring shaped fortresses proved vulnerable to cannon fire, which resulted in the rise of the star shaped fortress first in Italy and then throughout Europe.

But as I said at the beginning of this post: travel always involves food and this little trip was no exception.  Before we set out in the morning I was treated to a fabulous breakfast. It has become quite a tradition that, whenever I visit, we start the day in the kitchen were HMM and I get to chat whilst JMM conjures up the most amazing treats for us – like those tasty scones I posted a while back.

So here I am sitting in a Dutch kitchen about to discover the skillet pancake which in the States is apparently also known as Dutch Baby Pancake or German Pancake. As I have never seen one of these babies either in the Netherlands or in Germany I was a little puzzled, but Wikipedia is quick to explain that these pancakes were the invention of a Seattle restaurant in the first half of the 19th century and that the use of “Dutch” was s a corruption of the German, “Deutsch”.  But enough talk of faraway places, time for food:

These pancakes are whipped up within no time and are much less effort than regular pancakes as they cook all on their own in the oven. The pancake puffs up magically whilst baking and it is at its best if the crust is lightly crispy whereas the center still has a custardy texture.

These fluffy make a great vehicle for any type of topping: I was treated to icing sugar and apple sauce, but you could add fresh berries, oven-roast strawberries,caramelized pear – the variations are endless.

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Ingredients
Serves 1-2

 

1 tbsp oil or 2 tbsp butter
3 eggs (room temperature)
60g all-purpose flour
120ml milk
a few drops of stevia (maple syrup, or sugar)
a pinch of salt
a few drops of vanilla essence
optional: a pinch of cinnamon


Recipe

  1. The batter can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge. (I find they turn out even better when rested.)
  2. Heat the oven to 200C. Place a skillet or oven dish in the oven to heat up.
  3. Once the dish is hot add a few tablespoons of oil or butter.
  4. Whisk the eggs until well combined.
  5. Add the milk, stevia, salt, vanilla and cinnamon if using.
  6. Add the flour. Combine well.
  7. Pour the patter into the piping hot oven dish.
  8. Bake for 20-30 min. It should rise beautifully. You are looking for a golden center and a lightly dark edge.
  9. Serve hot as it will fall very quickly
  10. Toppings are endless, but I adore strawberries and icing sugar.

 

Tips & Variations

  • add some berries to the batter
  • add some lemon zest instead of the cinnamon
  • make small pancakes by baking them in a muffin pan and reducing the cooking time slightly
  • want something slightly similar but savory – try this Yorkshire Pudding recipe


Serve with

  • apple sauce and icing sugar
  • fresh strawberries and icing sugar
  • fresh berries and yoghurt
  • lemon juice and maple syrup
  • brown sugar
  • caramelized pears
  • stewed (frozen) fruit or raspberry apple compote

Other pancake recipes

 

Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes

Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes

Pancakes Buckwheat

Pancakes Buckwheat

Pancakes Ryeflour Pear

Pancakes Ryeflour Pear

Oat Banana Pancakes

Oat Banana Pancakes

Buckwheat Blinis

Buckwheat Blinis

Socca Pancake

Socca Pancake

Oat Egg White Pancakes

Oat Egg White Pancakes

Rice Pancake

Rice Pancake

Rice Patties

Rice Patties

Apple Pancake Rings

Apple Pancake Rings

Buckwheat Crepe

Buckwheat Crepe

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42 comments
  1. Mmmm, yum. And I loved reading about your travels. Two things I love the most about travel. Sightseeing and food. When I’m traveling, breakfast is my favorite meal. Pancakes are always included. I look forward to trying your recipe.

    Happy weekend. :)

    • afracooking said:

      Sorry, it took me so long to answer. The reason: I was travelling. I had a lovely time soaking in the sun and sight in southern Spain. And I totally agree with you that holiday breakfasts are fabulous. But I have to admit it is also nice to be home again and start the day with a pancake from the oven :-) You must let me know how they turned out if you do get the chance to try them :-)

      • I will for sure do that, and welcome back — welcome home. :) There’s no place like home.

  2. The pancake is sooo gorgeous Afra! I think I’m gonna make this for weekend breakfast tomorrow. My hubby will love me for it. And that fortress looks amazing…it’s so perfectly star shaped it actually looks fake! :)

    • afracooking said:

      Now that really is a great compliment for a recipe: the fact that you want to treat someone else with it, is just the loveliest thought!

  3. First of all I loved the history lesson – I didn’t actually realized that there were star shaped fortresses at all. Second of all, I heart all things from the pancake family, the Dutch baby looks yum, thanks for posting!

    • afracooking said:

      I really am crazy about pancakes! The perfect comfortfood to start the weeeknd with. But there are just those days were I need my comfort without any of the effort and these babies are just the best solution for that.

  4. I love Dutch babies! Cool to know the history behind the name, I was always curious. I usually have them with powdered sugar and lemon juice sprinkled on top, but this look great too

    • afracooking said:

      Socca, buckwheat – pancakes are great!

  5. Pretty pancake pics, Afra! And it was so interesting to read about Bouragne – I wonder why it’s not more famous! :)

    • afracooking said:

      It took me way to long to get back to you, but a big thank you for the lovely compliment!

    • afracooking said:

      These really are brilliant – whoever thought of them deserves a medal: the comfort of pancakes without any of the fuss!

    • afracooking said:

      Amazing that the whole world seems to know about these and I only just stumbled across them :-) makes me really exited about what else is out there to discover :-)

  6. I never tried this special puffend pancakes before but it looks very appetizing & Yummy too!
    That beautiful place, Bourtange looks amazing, the whole lay-out looks amazing too. Waw! Must visit it one day! 😀

    • afracooking said:

      You really should visit some day, you can combine it with a stay in Groningen.

      • I love Groningen, but never tried it though! 😞

  7. You’re right, travel is bigger hobby than food, but am I wrong if I say that great food makes you trip more interesting??? By the way thanks for the story you told us, and of course for the recipe… I do I love its name too!

    • afracooking said:

      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, but I just had to test your theory. So, I took a short trip and havent even seen a computer for days. But I am happy to report that you are absolutely right: good food does make a trip memorable :-)

  8. Delicious looking pancakes elevated beyond tasty! I love the look of your dutch baby and I especially love the story behind them too! I

    ‘m so inspired to try for a savoury version! I heart a one pan wonder :)

    • afracooking said:

      Sorry it took me ages to respond to your lovely comment. These really are fabulous savory as well – I change the ratio for the ingredients a little and suddenly they turn into traditional Yorkshire Puddings to serve with a Sunday roast

      • Never feel like you need to apologies! :) I definitely take some time to get back to folks myself and it’s just crazy how life & deadlines, pile up beside (blogging time & catch ups) too!

        My parents are here over the long weekend so I’ll be testing out some yummy brunch ideas whilst they’re about! Thanks again x

      • afracooking said:

        Thank you so much for saying! I really started feeling a little rude/ungrateful – but I am glad to hear that we all somehow struggle with it :-) Hope you had a lovely weekend with your parents and I am looking forward to seeing your pics and recipes (even if it takes me a while ;-> )

  9. I love Dutch babies! I have a whole pinterest page dedicated to them :) This one looks so tasty especially with all those berries!

    • afracooking said:

      Such an eye-opener: I never even knew they EXISTED. Have you come across recipes that use more nutritious sorts of flour successfully? I have experimented with whole wheat and buckwheat but the result is more like a clafoutis.

      • I think Green Kitchen Stories have made a healthier Dutch Baby with success so it’d be interesting to try out their recipe!

      • afracooking said:

        It took me ages to find the recipe (I got ever so distracted on that fabulous blog) but yes, they do have a very beautiful looking dutch baby using mainly almond flour. I am curious to try it as I have to say I have not worked with nut flours yet (I always worry a little about the fat content) but this pancake really looks worth it. Thank you so much for the tip!

  10. I want to try making one of these- they look a lot less labor intensive than regular pancakes

    • afracooking said:

      These pancakes really are brilliant if you are not feeling like standing over a stove for ages flipping pancake after pancake.

  11. Karen said:

    I’m happy that you have been traveling and enjoying yourself. What a nice recipe to share now that you are back home.

  12. I admire the shape of that fortress built in a star shape. Very artistic and functional. I am sure you had a great time travelling. Dutch babies, nice story! Baked pancake would be the easiest way to enjoy a satisfying pancake slice.

    • afracooking said:

      Again I am late to respond and the excuse is (yes, you have guessed) travelling again although this time it was closer to home :-)

  13. Oh Afra, die sehen wunderbar aus! Egal ob Dutch oder German oder was auch immer sonst ;-). In Bourtange war ich noch nie, das klingt spannend (und interessante Form!).

    • afracooking said:

      Haha, ich bin eine art fusion experiment: ein bischen deutsch, ein bischen aethiopisch und inzwischen mit einer ordentlichen prise niederlaendisch :-) Und es ist echt unglaublich was es in der welt (gleich um die ecke) immer wieder zu entdecken gibt :-)

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for visiting and dropping such a lovely compliment. Heading straight over to your blog :-)

  14. How the heck did I miss this winning post? Looks divine!!! :D

    • afracooking said:

      Always lovely to see you drop by – no matter when :-)

  15. Liz said:

    What about making it savoury and just adding some thick slices of ham and bacon and some green onions? I think it will taste good too. Tha’t what I shall be trying….on my next breakfast!!!

    • afracooking said:

      Liz, you are fabulous! What a grand idea – I must give that a try.

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