As the Summer gradually winds down, I'm still crossing off items from my “Must Do This Summer” list. One of those is to take the kids for a Dutch Baby; they love the look of horror on their friends' faces when they brag that they ate a baby! Now, for those of you who are cringing, a Dutch Baby is a delicious, pancake-crepe hybrid that is roughly the size of a football; it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to bake. The waitress at our local pancake house explained the process (and it is a process) of how to eat one:
- Gasp at the sheer size of the dish.
- Spread butter over the surface of the baby.
- Squeeze a little lemon on it.
- Sprinkle with some powdered sugar.
- Dig in!
My kids, of course, forget the lemon, preferring to spread a lot of butter on the pancake and then dousing it with sugar. Because it's taken so long to make, they tend to savor the dish and, yes, my 8-year old daughter, has eaten an entire Dutch Baby.
While the kids prefer to go to our Original Pancake House for their babies, I have made them at home. Here's how to make two small Dutch Babies:
- Two small oven-safe pans
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter for the pans or non-stick cooking spray
- lemon wedges, more butter, and powdered sugar to put on the finished product
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place about a tablespoon of butter into each pan and put them in the oven to melt the butter. The alternative is to spray non-stick spray all over the inside of the pans; you don't need to put the pans in the oven, but you still need to preheat it.
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, and milk and use a whisk to combine them.
Step 3: Gradually add in the flour, salt, and sugar until there are no lumps in the batter.
Step 4: If you've put pans in the oven to preheat them, take them out now. Divide the batter in half and pour it into each pan.
Step 5: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the edges are puffy and brown.
Step 6: Serve with butter, lemon, and powdered sugar.
This is one of those dishes you can make for special occasions and if you wanted to make it as a after-dinner dessert, add some ice cream.
While I don't like to gush about food, it's really the 20 minutes waiting for the Dutch Baby in the restaurant that's special. I love taking my kids out for breakfast...and away from their video screens. My daughter giggles in anticipation of her baby as my son, who can easily eat two, challenges her to get through one. It's a great way to start the day and bond with my children.
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