I’m not sure exactly when it dawned on me, but I know it was sometime in the last couple of years...a dutch baby is just a giant, slightly sweet Yorkshire pudding. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like Yorkshire pudding or Dutch babies? I haven’t. I love the way they have soft bits and crispy bits, the way they puff up sky high in the oven and even the way they begin to fall in on themselves as they cool. The way they are eggy but not too eggy and chewy but not too chewy. Did you know that they couldn’t be easier to make? Whoever came up with them was a genius.
I promised the kids a special “Birthday Breakfast” in advance of their joint birthday party last weekend. Because I knew it would be hard enough to get everyone out the door in time to pick up the cake and be there when our guests started to arrive, I decided to do the easiest thing possible and make a big, family-sized dutch baby. I made the batter the night before so that once we woke up it was just a matter of turning the oven on, preheating the pan and pouring in the batter.
I implore you to try this at home.
Emmett loved watching it rise in the oven. Science at its best. After about 15 minutes, our Dutch baby was ready. I sprinkled it with powdered sugar, tore a piece off for each plate and let everyone apply their own toppings. Yogurt, berries, almonds and maple syrup for me, mini m&m’s, marshmallows and yogurt chips for the littles. Even baby Eve was able to partake (I love that she’s getting to the age where she can eat table food).
To make the batter for these I simply used this Yorkshire pudding recipe and added a tablespoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and a big pinch of cinnamon. Alternatively, you could add sugar, vanilla and cinnamon to a box of Yorkshire pudding mix (available at the Irish Boutique).
To make a 12-inch Dutch baby I followed this process:
Place a 12” cast iron pan in oven. Preheat oven to 450F.
Once it is hot, remove pan and put 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan.
Put the pan back in the oven for a couple of minutes until butter has melted.
Remove pan from oven and swirl butter in the pan to coat the bottom of the pan evenly.
Pour your batter in the pan and turn the oven down to 425F.
Cook for 15 minutes or until Dutch baby is cooked through but still soft in the center and puffy all over. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.