Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Dutch Baby In The Oven? Sounds Like Hansel and Gretel

It poofed!
This recipe is also called German Pancake. I think it goes way back to colonial America when the Germans emigrated, mainly to Pennsylvania, and were facetiously called "The Pennsylvania Dutch," because the Dutch had first come to New Amsterdam (New York.)
History lesson aside, this is quick, easy and fun. My sister-in-law gave me this recipe in the '70s, I think, probably from a Sunset Magazine. The recipe has changed somewhat over the years.

Dutch Baby
preheat oven to 400 degrees
place 10 inch frying pan with 3 tbs butter in oven to melt

Love my tiny measuring cup.
in the mean time, mix these ingredients:

3 or 4 whole eggs
3/4 c white flour
3/4 c milk
pinch salt

Make sure melted butter is all over the inside of the frying pan. I use our cast iron one. Pour mixture into the pan, place in center of preheated oven. Set timer for 18 minutes. We have a window in the oven, so the kids would always be excited to view the Dutch Baby 'poof' after about 12 minutes. 

With a cup of coffee.

We serve powdered sugar over it, but being made of eggs, it is versatile and cheese or mushrooms, or whatever your fancy dictates would be good over this souffle. Serves four.

Gardening Tip

In our growing zone, we don't give up too soon on our annual flowers. Even in the autumn, container flowers usually considered for warmer weather, will sparkle in the garden. Or maybe bring them into a patio or family room. The garden shops are clearing out summer merchandise, and I got this lovely display for 50% off. It will thrive for about three weeks here, and maybe come back in the spring if located in a protected section of the yard.

The remaining bees and butterflies are delighted to still find these!

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