Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

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The last hurrahs of summer are upon us.  With still-warm days, and hints of color, early September can be extraordinary, blending summer’s welcome with the flavor of fall.   And if you happen to need an out-of-the-ordinary summer into fall breakfast, this Apple Dutch Baby Pancake may be just the ticket. 

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake served

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake served

A Dutch Baby Pancake, also known as a German Pancake, is a rich, egg-y, slightly sweet pancake that is baked in a frying pan.  The batter rises up the sides to make a bowl shape (less with the apple version than the standard), much the way a popover rises.  

I grew up eating your basic Dutch Baby Pancake at a local German restaurant and started making them myself about a year ago.  But the addition of apples takes this treat to a whole new level!  All set for fall—how fun! 

Sprinkle Apple Dutch Baby Pancake with powdered sugar

Sprinkle Apple Dutch Baby Pancake with powdered sugar

I’ve made this recipe two different ways and I’ll give you the pros and cons of each.  The first time, I cooked the apples right in the frying pan in the hot oven, which resulted in an especially scrumptious caramelized pancake—along with a pan that was a challenge to clean. 

The second time I pre-cooked the apples in a saucepan which gave us a delicious (but not caramelized) pancake and a pan that actually wiped clean.  I think I’m going with the second version, but you can take your pick. 

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

The final tip is on choice of pan.  I have made this in both a cast iron and a stainless steel pan.  While the cast iron is more traditional, they both turn out great so the choice is yours.  Since the pan goes into the oven at 450 F, just make sure your pan is heatproof (including the handle) and no Teflon.     

Serving Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Serving Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for me. Get two kids home from summer jobs and packed up for college, then make an impulsive trip to New York City to realize a long-term goal of seeing An American in Paris (before it leaves Broadway).  Finish with a Labor Day weekend getaway at our cabin up north. Whew! 

Pre-curtain at An American in Paris

Pre-curtain at An American in Paris

For Labor Day weekend, we were blessed with a full house, which I love.  I needed a breakfast that was festive and easy and the Apple Dutch Baby Pancake was perfect.  It was enjoyed by everyone, but most importantly my 13-year-old niece, who is known for her budding gourmet cooking skills including perfect cheesecake! 

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake in pan

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake in pan

I should also mention that besides a nice breakfast or brunch (or dessert), the Apple Dutch Baby Pancake can work for any meal.  Last night I whipped one up with a big helping of bacon and we had a delicious and easy dinner.  Yup still recovering from my busy August—but not suffering a bit!

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake
Serves 4
An Apple Dutch Baby Pancake is a rich, egg-y pancake, baked in a frying pan. Easy & fun, it is perfect for a fall breakfast or bunch--or even dinner!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
353 calories
48 g
210 g
14 g
10 g
7 g
232 g
242 g
28 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
232g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353
Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 7g
36%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 210mg
70%
Sodium 242mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 28g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
10%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Pancake mixture
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 2/3 c flour
  3. 2/3 c skim milk
  4. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt
Sautéed Apples
  1. 2 apples, cored & sliced (I used unpeeled frozen apple slices)
  2. ¼ c brown sugar
  3. 1/2 t cinnamon
Butter for cooking
  1. 1 Tablespoon butter (for cooking apples)
  2. 2 Tablespoons butter (for cooking pancake)
Instructions
  1. Place a 10-12 inch heat proof frying pan in the oven & heat to 450F. Leave the pan in oven while preparing apples and pancake mix. You want the pan to be very hot
  2. While pan is heating, melt 1 T butter in a saucepan, then add apples, brown sugar & cinnamon. Cook over medium until tender and juicy, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. While apple is cooking, place pancake ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.
  4. When everything is ready and oven is up to temperature, remove the hot frying pan from the oven (use mitts and be very careful) and drop the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in it. Top with apple mixture, then pancake mixture.
  5. Return the pan to the oven and cook until browned and puffing up, about 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and serve with maple syrup.
Notes
  1. Since the pan goes into the oven at 450 F, your pan must be heatproof (including the handle). 100% cast iron or 100% stainless steel is recommended.
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calories
353
fat
14g
protein
10g
carbs
48g
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6 Comments

  1. I haven’t had a Dutch baby in years! They are so good – as breakfast, lunch, brunch, or even dessert!

  2. i love dutch babies! i prefer them to contain apples and cinnamon, so this one is pretty much perfect to me! 🙂

  3. This look lovely and delicious, I love all with apples , love the pictures!!

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