Chef John's Dutch Babies


A delicious dutch baby recipe. 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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
close up view of a Dutch Baby garnished with powdered sugar in a cast iron pan


  • 3 large large eggs, room temperature

  • cup milk, room temperature

  • ½ cup packed all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ Meyer lemon, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Blend eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
17g Fat
17g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 137mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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