The traditional Dutch baby German pancake recipe calls for simple ingredients, and it's very easy to make. Considered comfort food, these German pancakes will make any mealtime extra special.
The puffy Dutch baby pancakes are more dessert-like than the regular pancakes that many of us are used to, especially as they are oven baked and served with a variety of sweet toppings.
You will love serving these delicious puffy oven pancakes that are known by different names such as a Dutch Babies, Dutch puffs, Bismarcks, and puff pancakes.
Oddly enough, the Dutch baby German pancake recipe's origin is neither German nor Dutch. They are thought to have originated around the early 1900s in a Seattle, Washington restaurant owned by Victor Manca.
The name "Dutch baby" was attributed to Manca's young daughter who loved her German-style oven pancakes and mispronounced the word Deutsche.
They are thicker than regular pancakes, somewhat custard-like, and they make a delicious treat for special breakfasts on lazy Sunday mornings and especially on Christmas morning when you want to serve that extra special treat for the family.
Dutch babies are served with variety of dessert toppings including maple syrup, fresh berries, strawberry sauce, blueberry sauce, applesauce, ice cream, and fresh fruit.
Aside from the wonderful Dutch baby German pancake recipe, you'll also find several recipes below for the traditional stove top pancakes. They are easy recipes to make whenever you crave something delicious, sweet, and satisfying.
Did you know that leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight and reheated for a delicious snack?
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup white flour
1 tablespoon white or brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
Place an oven-rated casserole dish or cast iron skillet in a moderate oven temperature (375°F) to preheat. Be sure to wear your oven mitts, as the skillet will get very hot to handle.
Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth pancake batter.
Remove hot frying pan from the oven, place butter in pan to melt, then immediately pour batter into the hot frying pan. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until pancake is puffed and golden brown.
Serve your Dutch baby pancake warm from oven with confectioners' sugar and lemon juice, or syrup, or applesauce, or your favorite pancake topping.
The Hotel St Francis Cookbook (1919)
Dutch puffs are delicious when served with a topping of baked apple slices or Chef Hiltzier's famous Applesauce St Francis.
Hiltzier had cooked for European royalty before becoming head chef at San Francisco's Hotel St. Francis.
You know this celebrated chef's Dutch Baby German Pancake Recipe has to be good!
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon sugar
Two eggs (well beaten), one-half cup of milk, one-half cup of flour, a pinch of salt, a little nutmeg and one teaspoonful of sugar. Mix well.
Preheat moderate 375°F oven. Have a preheated large oven-safe pan ready with hot melted butter. Be sure to have the butter run all over the inside of the pan so the pancake will not stick to the sides of the pan when it rises. Pour in the batter and place in hot oven.
When nearly done, powder with confectioners’ sugar and put back in oven to brown. Serve with lemon zest and powdered confectioners' sugar, or Applesauce St Francis below.
The perfect apple topping to use with any Dutch baby German pancake recipe!
6 apples, sliced
1 pony (1 ounce) white wine
2 ounces water
1 ounce (1/8 cup) sweet butter
2 ounces (4-1/2 tablespoons) sugar
1 small stick cinnamon
(Salted butter can be substituted for sweet unsalted butter, and juice can be substituted for white wine, if preferred.)
Peel and core six apples and cut in small pieces. Put into a large saucepan, add 1 ounce white wine, two ounces of water, one ounce of sweet butter, two ounces of white sugar, and a small stick of cinnamon. Cook until tender.
German National Cookery for American Kitchens (1904)
What makes this Dutch baby German pancake recipe so special is it calls for one pancake to be stacked on top of another with a filling of caramelized apples between them. Imagine how good it tastes!
How many apple slices in 2 soup plates? About 5 cups or just over 1 pound of apples. Your choice of sweet or tart apples.
Take 2 soup-platefuls of finely sliced apples, cook them in small saucepan until done with sugar, lemon peel and enough wine until there is no more juice. (Grape juice can be substituted for wine, if preferred.)
In a medium bowl beat the yolks of 6 eggs with a cupful of thick, sour cream, 2 tablespoonfuls of cornstarch, a little salt, and cinnamon, mix the beaten whites through this and bake (325°F) two pancakes on one side to a light brown.
After the second pancake is baked, spread with apple mixture, stack the pancakes one on the other and put them into the oven for a few minutes to warm, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve.
Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes (1915)
These Pennsylvania German pancakes are delicious when served hot and sprinkled with sugar, applesauce, or spread with homemade currant jelly, or other tart jelly, or jam.
These truly delicious pancakes were always baked by Aunt Sarah when eggs were most plentiful. For them she used, 1 cup flour, 5 fresh eggs, 1/2 cup milk.
The yolks of 5 eggs were broken into a bowl and lightly beaten. Then milk and flour were added gradually to form a smooth batter. Lastly, the stiffly-beaten whites of eggs were added.
Large spoonfuls were dropped on a hot, well-greased griddle, forming small cakes, which were served as soon as baked.
These cakes require no baking powder. Their lightness depends entirely on the stiffly-beaten whites of eggs. Always whisk eggs to form stiff peaks.
Allied Cookery (1916)
Traditional German pancakes and waffles are easy to make and so delicious. Choose one of the German recipes and indulge your taste buds today! You can easily substitute whole wheat flour for the white, and the end-result will still be delicious.
These easy-to-make German crepe-like griddle pancakes are very good when eaten as a dessert. They offer a nice change from a Dutch Baby German pancake recipe.
Beat two large eggs very light, add one half cup of milk, and stir in flour enough to make a very thin batter. Before thinning it very much, add a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt.
Bake this pancake mixture, in the form of little griddle cakes, on a moderately hot griddle, and when done, drop currant or raspberry jelly in the center of each, roll them up, and serve with some more of the jelly.
Mix 1/4 pound of melted butter with 6 tablespoons of sugar. Add the yolks of 5 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 pound of sifted flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and the grated peel of a lemon.
Mix well; add the egg whites beaten stiff and bake in a well-greased waffle iron. Sprinkle with pulverized sugar and serve hot.
With a Saucepan Over the Sea (1902)
Delicious when small apple bits are mixed into the batter before frying.
Make a thick batter of sufficient flour, 1 egg, milk, and some salt. Beat well and spatter it into a pan of boiling fat with a fork, or by dropping through a colander.
Cook 5 minutes, drain, and serve alone or as a garnish to dessert, dusted with powdered sugar.
May be cooked in boiling water instead of fat, and browned in oven. When water boiled, Spatzen is similar to dumplings for serving with cooked fruit.
If you love Dutch baby German pancake recipes, but also crave a North American-style pancake, be sure to get Grandma's traditional pancake recipes. They are farmhouse kitchen delicious!