YouTube: You're Doing It Wrong: Dutch Baby (German Pancake in Cast Iron)
One of those foods that must be made in a cast iron skillet. A dutch baby is an egg pancake that rises quickly in the oven. Dutch babies (or pannekoeken) are delicious, easy to make, and they look great – in other words, this is a good recipe to make with your kids. What's more, this is the exact recipe used in Britain to make Yorkshire pudding, which are flavored with drippings and grease from meat dishes (pork, beef, etc.).
On Facebook's Cast Iron Cooking group, dutch babies are among the most popular dishes. Every day someone posts a picture of the dutch baby they made, often with their kids. Dutch babies are very popular with kids because they're very easy to make, they rise very quickly, and they form weird and funny shapes. Kids love peeking into the oven and seeing how fast the dutch baby rises. And most important, it's sweet and delicious, especially when topped with a glaze, whipped cream, fruit, syrup, chocolate chips, or any delicious dessert topping. However, even though dutch babies are so popular, they're also very easy to overcook. An overcooked dutch baby has a brown crust on the top and bottom, and it still tastes delicious. There's nothing wrong with eating a dutch baby like this. Nonetheless, when it's not overcooked, a dutch baby is tender and moist and wonderful.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Add butter to a cast iron pan. About 5 to 10 minutes before baking the dutch baby, place the pan with the butter into the hot oven. Let the pan get good and hot while the butter melts. As the pan is heating, mix your ingredients, because this doesn't take long.
In a medium bowl, add eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract, and additional seasonings. Vigorously beat the ingredients with a whisk until they're light and fluffy.
With heavy gloves or potholders, take the cast iron pan out of the oven, place it on your stovetop range, and pour the batter into the melted butter in the pan. Don't mix them together – simply pour the batter into the pan, and then place the pan back into the hot oven. Bake it at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes. The dutch baby will begin rising very quickly, and your kids will want to keep glancing at it to see it rise.
After ten minutes, the top should have a bright golden yellow color to it, with a light browning along the edges. If the edges are not browned, leave the pan in the oven for another minute or two. Remove the pan from the oven when the sides are browned. The top side should not be browned. At this point, take the dutch baby out of the oven. The surface of the egg pancake will have a lot of liquid in its nooks and crannies. This is correct – it's melted butter.
Many sweet toppings can be added to dutch babies, including cream or whipped cream, apples, pineapple chunks, honey, raisins, and whatever you want.