German Pancake (Also Called Dutch Baby)

"The German pancake, also called Dutch Baby, is like a crepe crossed with a popover. It's ridiculously easy to make (the batter is made in under 2 minutes in a blender) and is always a crowd pleaser. Watching the pancake puff up before your very eyes is always entertaining. You can add fresh fruit to the batter, add it on top after baking ,or go crazy and do both! Then you have the option of topping it with the more traditional squeeze of fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar or simply drizzle on the maple syrup, for the syrup lovers."
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Ready In:
1 pancake




  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and put a cast iron skillet (if using) into the oven to heat up.
  • After about 15 - 20 minutes (or longer if your oven is slow), the skillet should be hot. Add the butter to the skillet and return it to the oven. If you're using a cake pan, add the butter to the cake pan and put it into the oven.
  • Add 3 eggs and the sugar to blender and blend on low speed for 1 minute. The eggs should be light colored and bubbly. Then add the flour and milk and blend for 10 seconds, until evenly mixed.
  • Take the skillet or cake pan out of the oven and make sure the butter has completely melted, with a baster spread the butter over the entire surface of the pan. Pour the batter into the hot skillet or pan and scatter the fruit on top of the batter if using.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 18 - 22 minutes, or until the sides and middle have puffed up and browned.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and a lemon slice and powdered sugar or maple syrup.

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  1. Excellent presentation and very easy to make. Turned out excellent however bottom layer was a bit thicker than I like to see it. Next time I will try to reduce amount of batter and see if that makes a difference.
  2. I love this recipe. I have to alter it a bit to be gluten free. Just replace flour with GF flour and use Rice milk. I have learned that hand mixing produces the best results. When i used an electric mixer it was very flat and dense. We make this at least a few times a week. Delicious!


Photography has been my hobby for many years and so has cooking. I am by no means a seasoned chef. Most of the recipes on here are new challenges for me, but I love trying new things, and I've discovered a real love for baking (especially desserts, as you can probably tell) The majority these recipes are my original recreations. There are a few family recipes and some adaptations of existing recipes. I will rarely post an exact copy of a source's recipe because I love to fiddle with ingredients.
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