A Dutch baby, also called a German pancake, is a baked breakfast dish that’s like a cross between a popover and a pancake. It’s traditionally baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet and has a delightfully light, tender and eggy interior with crispy edges.
The batter is extremely easy to make- simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend away. My version has sautéed apple slices that are baked into the batter for an extra boost of flavor and nutrients.
Be sure to serve the Dutch baby straight from the oven while it’s puffed up high because it will start to fall soon after you take it out. Top it with powdered sugar, lemon juice, fresh fruit or maple syrup for the perfect breakfast treat.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter, divided
- 1 large apple, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- ¾ cup low-fat milk, warm
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)
- Maple syrup for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium heat in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet (preferably cast-iron). When it is melted, add the apples, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Cook until apples start to soften, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- While the apples cook, melt the remaining tablespoon coconut oil in the microwave. Pour it into a blender along with the eggs, milk, both types of flour, vanilla, salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Blend until smooth. Alternatively you can whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl until blended and light yellow. Then whisk in the flour, vanilla, salt, and sugar until smooth.
- Pour the batter over the apples in the skillet and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup, if desired. Serve immediately, as it will start to fall within minutes of being taken out of the oven.