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Recipe: Dutch Baby

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As soon as I saw this mentioned on a favorite blog, I had to try it. It’s a Dutch Baby. I thought maybe it was another name for a pannekoeken, but apparently not. It is ridiculously easy.

Ultimate Dutch Baby
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk (preferably whole milk)
4 eggs
3-5 slices bacon, chopped (or a chunk of bacon ends)
1/2 c. shredded gouda cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread out bacon in a cast-iron (or any heavy-bottomed oven-safe) 8-10 inch frying pan, and place in the oven while it heats.

Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk until well blended, then add it to the flour and salt a bit at a time. Mixture will be a very thin liquid. Stir in shredded cheese.

When the oven is hot, get the pan back out. If the fat from the bacon does not cover the bottom of the pan, add a bit of butter to make sure the entire bottom of the pan is greased.

Pour in the batter, place back in the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serve immediately — the longer you wait the flatter it gets. Top with a bit of powdered sugar, maple syrup, and/or plain greek yogurt.

Variations:

Simplest Dutch Baby: omit bacon and cheese. Place 2-3 T. of butter in pan as it heats. Still really great, especially with maple syrup.

Bigger Baby: increase to 3/4 c. flour, 3/4 c. milk, and 6 eggs. We’ve made the bigger version a couple times but recently decided it’s a bit much for our 2 adults + 2 small people, especially if we have oranges or anything with it.

My Dutch pre-schooler with a rather large Dutch baby. I could eat this every single day.

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One thought on “Recipe: Dutch Baby

  1. I made Dutch Baby for the first time a few days ago and Becky and I both loved it – though I substituted Pepper Jack cheese for Gouda, which I forgot to get at the store. Then today, Christmas Day, I decided to make it again so Vera could try it, and while I was getting ready to do that, Becky came back from our neighbors down the street and they had just made Dutch Baby! But this is where things started to get a little, well, “surprising” (to be diplomatic) for me, the 100% Dutchman (by heritage anyway): our neighbors have been making this dish for quite some time and doing all kinds of “strange” things with it: adding various vegetables, including different kinds of peppers and mushrooms. So it looks like Dutch Baby has been assimilating… (it’s inevitable). We’ll have to learn to accept the Dutch-American-Southwest Baby.

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