Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancake

dutch baby pancake

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Most mornings it's pretty simple—oatmeal, smoothie or cereal. But on the weekends, I like to whip up something special. Lately I had been on a bit of a pancake kick, which was starting to get old. Pancakes are delicious, but they can be time-consuming to make. I wanted something easy, fast and delicious. And I'm happy to report I found the answer in the form of a dutch baby pancake.

What is a Dutch Baby Pancake?

Besides scrumptious, they are sometimes called a German Pancake or a Hootenanny (yes, that name is absolutely the best). Typically cooked in a cast iron skillet, they puff up while they bake (similar to a soufflé) and deflate quickly after you remove the pan from the oven. It is more eggy than a traditional pancake and is often served with a dusting of powdered sugar and fruit.

While pancakes remain a popular breakfast choice, it can be hard to serve everyone at the same time. I certainly prefer to eat my pancakes piping hot off the grill. Sure, you can keep them warm in the oven, but it's not quite the same. This is where the dutch baby pancake excels. It is one humongous pancake that you cut into individual serving pieces, so no one has to sit and watch someone else eat while they wait for their pancakes. Nor does the poor cook spend the entire meal flipping pancakes while everyone eats and talks.

This recipe makes a big batch, which is great because you can feed a ton and if you have leftovers, they reheat beautifully too, I've been enjoying dutch baby pancakes for breakfast for the past few days. And it's really nice to just cut a square, pop it in the microwave and breakfast is served.

Dutch Baby Pancake

This will quickly become a favorite breakfast dish. It's unbelievably quick to make and tastes so good. Two huge wins in my book! Enjoy!


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar, sliced strawberries, maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in a cast iron skillet, or 9x13 pan and let the butter melt in the oven. Do not let the butter burn.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until frothy, then stir in milk and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add flour, cinnamon and salt while continuing to whisk the egg mixture. Mix until fully combined. You can also do this in a blender too, instead of by hand.
  4. Remove pan from the oven and carefully pour the batter over the butter.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes. The pancake will puff up (it will rise above the pan) and the edges and top should turn golden brown and be slightly crispy.
  6. Remove from oven and serve immediately (it will deflate). I like to serve mine with a dusting of powdered sugar and sliced berries. It would also be good with just maple syrup or your favorite fruits too.

Recipe adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen.


    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 05/15/2014 10:51 a.m. #

      I love pancakes but hate making them. Like you said, the cook, me, always eats last and it's hard to get everyone to wait because the fam likes it right off the grill too.

      I'm definitely going to try this one. Thanks for sharing it Tanya! Happy Thursday girl!

      • Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr

        Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr 05/15/2014 10:24 p.m. #

        I know - right! It's not fair. I have to stand over a hot grill while everyone else eats. Definitely give it a try, Corina. I really liked it and hope your family will too!

    • Stephanie May

      Stephanie May 05/15/2014 11:28 a.m. #

      YUM, YUM, YUM! This looks delicious, Tanya! I just may have to give this recipe a try, it's certainly making me hungry!

      • Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr

        Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr 05/15/2014 10:24 p.m. #

        It was really yummy, Stephanie! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 05/15/2014 11:45 a.m. #

      Looks good, Tanya. I had to smile when I saw the strawberries. I remember how excited you were the first time you saw a strawberry stand in LA. :)

      • Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr

        Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr 05/15/2014 10:26 p.m. #

        I remember that too, Shannon! I was so tickled to find fresh and sweet strawberries in February. I think I made everyone in the office smell them. LOL!

    • Stephanie @ Six Figures Under

      Stephanie @ Six Figures Under 05/16/2014 12:19 p.m. #

      Yum! We call them "puffed pancakes." We have them when we have "dinner for breakfast," which is pretty often. The strawberries look delicious. I literally just came in from picking a couple of pounds of strawberries in our garden. Can you guess what I'm craving for dinner?!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 05/22/2014 10:33 a.m. #

        These are the perfect meal for anytime of the day, and they are quite frugal too. My parents often made these for dinner when we were kids and we loved them.

        And you are so lucky to have fresh strawberries in your garden. Yum!!

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