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Dutch Baby

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YouTube: Cast Iron Cooking: Rising Dutch Baby

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.).

Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet into your oven, and heat the oven and pan to 400 degrees F. Wait until the oven is hot before mixing your ingredients, because this doesn't take long.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until they're light and fluffy. At one point during whisking, after one to two minutes of beating the eggs, turn on your kitchen faucet and run a quick dash of water into the eggs – simply thrust the bowl under the water and then pull it away immediately. This will help the eggs become fluffy and expand while they're in the oven. After this, whisk the mixture for at least another minute or two.

After beating the eggs, add 1/2 cup milk and mix it in with the whisk. Add 1/2 cup flour and whisk it all together. Add a dash of ground nutmeg and a dash of kosher salt, and whisk it up so that the batter is light and fluffy.

With heavy gloves or potholders, take the cast iron pan out of the oven, place it on your stovetop range, and spread 2 tablespoons of butter on the pan. Spread out the butter until every inch of the cooking surface, including the sides, are coated with butter.

Give the batter a final whisking so that it's airy and light, and pour it all into the hot skillet. Place the pan in the oven, and cook it at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. The dutch baby will begin rising very quickly, and your kids will want to keep glancing at it to see it rise.

After 25 minutes, take the dutch baby out of the oven. You can dust it with confectioner's sugar as it's there in the pan, or use a spatula to slide it out of the pan and onto a plate first before dusting sugar onto it.

Many sweet toppings can be added to dutch babies, including cream or whipped cream, apples, pineapple chunks, honey, raisins, and whatever you want.

Watch a YouTube video on the making of a dutch baby: Cast Iron Cooking: Rising Dutch Baby