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Chef John's Dutch Babies

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"I've always been fascinated by how many different breakfast foods you can create using just milk, eggs, and flour; and this is one of the more interesting examples. Especially considering the unusual, and borderline disturbing name. Sometimes called German pancakes, these have very little to do with Germany, and nothing to do with the Dutch. Apparently they were invented by German immigrants who were referred to as Dutch."
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30 m servings 250 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Blend milk, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a blender until batter is smooth.
  3. Melt clarified butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until bubbling; pour batter into the center of the skillet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter, drizzle lemon juice over the top, and dust with confectioners' sugar.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 250 calories; 17.1 g fat; 16.5 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g protein; 175 mg cholesterol; 236 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Amazing!! I didn't clarify the butter. I preheated the oven at 475 with my pan in there. When the pan was hot I put the butter into my pan in the oven and let it melt and heat up. I turned the o...

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I rated this only 3 stars because, while the ingredients are right, the directions are not correct-- if you want your pancake to puff up correctly. With quite a bit of trial and error, here is w...

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Amazing!! I didn't clarify the butter. I preheated the oven at 475 with my pan in there. When the pan was hot I put the butter into my pan in the oven and let it melt and heat up. I turned the o...

I have made these in muffin tins. Spray muffin pan with Pam. Add butter to each muffin. Pour batter, evenly divided into muffin pan. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes or ...

I’ve made this German Pancake recipe for years. My recipe calls for 1/2 cup milk instead of 2/3 cup; I use 1 tsp. vanilla instead of 1/4 tsp.; and I bake it at 400°, but will try these suggeste...

Try with sautéed apples and cinnamon cooked in the skillet before adding the batter and then serve it upside down--this makes a very custardy texture with the apples as topping. Mmmmm.

Made this recipe last weekend exactly as written. Really easy and very delicious. I served it with southern sautéed apples.

Very much like my recipe for German Omelette as it was called way back when. It's an absolute family favourite and we have it for lunch of breakfast, even sometimes a quick supper! Mine I an d...

This is a great recipe, quick and delicious. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a big 9X13" pan (no, I didn't clarify the butter, just preheated the pan at 475, added butter and turned down t...

So easy, and so scrumptious! Made exactly as written with the exception of the lemon juice...(I used the last of the lemons for some yummy cocktails last night!). I devoured my portion with M...

Got to give you an "Attaboy" on this one. Never heard of these things. Cooked it for the crew in the oil patch. Disappeared in 30 seconds flat. "Make some more" was their comment. That's high...