A delicious and puffy Dutch Baby Pancake (German pancake) Recipe that is so simple to make, you will be making this at every brunch gathering!
What is a dutch baby pancake?
A Dutch baby pancake is pretty much a sweet popover baked in the oven (usually in a cast-iron skillet). It’s typically served for breakfast with sweet lemon butter on top. But you can top it with whatever you like.
I topped mine with Nutella, berries, sliced almonds, and powdered sugar. A Dutch baby pancake might look fancy, but it’s incredibly easy to make. Just blend all the ingredients in a blender and pour the batter into a heated cast iron pan. Place it in the oven and wait for all the magic to happen. When it comes out, it should be very puffy.
What does it taste like?
The inside of German pancakes or dutch baby is sweet ad moist like a classic pancake and the outside has a nice crunch to it. Pairing it with Nutella and berries is just pure bliss!
Ingredients for a Dutch baby pancake
- Wet ingredients: You want all your wet ingredients to be room temperature. Including the eggs, milk, and butter should be melted. Also, add vanilla extract for extra flavor.
- Dry ingredients: All you need here is flour, salt, and a little bit of sugar.
How to make Dutch baby pancake
- Add everything into a blender– Just throw everything into the blender and pulse it a few times until no more patches of flour appear. It helps to scrape it down with a spatula.
- Preheat the skillet– This is crucial!! You want to make sure the skillet is very hot prior to pouring the pancake batter in. This will ensure a big puffy german pancake.
- Bake– Now bake it in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until nicely puffed and the edges are slightly brown. For the full recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
German pancake vs regular pancake
A Dutch baby pancake (also called German Pancake, Bismarck, or Dutch puff) is different from a traditional pancake. It is a sweet popover. Regular pancakes are fried on a stovetop whereas a Dutch baby pancake is baked in the oven. It is usually thicker than regular pancakes but it doesn’t use any baking powder.
How do you eat a dutch baby pancake?
Typically this type of pancake is served for more the one person so you would slice it into wedges or (pie slices). Then add your favorite toppings, if it’s not already topped with something.
Topping ideas for German pancakes
- Lemon butter
- Blueberry Sauce
- Nutella (hazelnut spread)
- Chantilly cream
- Maple syrup
- Chocolate sauce
- Fresh Raspberry Sauce
- Strawberry sauce
Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe
For the pancake
Add everything into the blender
- In a blender, pulse the room temperature eggs, milk, sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla. After a few pulses, scrape the sides of the blender to ensure that no flour is left behind. Blend once again until everything is well incorporated.
Preheat your skillet
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a 10 inch cast iron pan into the oven for about 10 minutes. This step is crucial. Heating the pan before adding the batter helps create that puffy look of a Dutch baby.
Serve this pancake right awayThe best way to serve a dutch baby is by enjoying right out of the oven while it's still puffy. The moment it comes out, it will slowly begin to deflate, so eat it quickly!
This recipe was originally posted on Feb 7, 2017, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.