If a crepe and a pancake had a baby, it'd be the Dutch baby, boasting crisp, chewy edges surrounding a custardy middle. Here we dress it up for the holidays by baking a homemade cranberry sauce into the batter and mixing Chinese five-spice into the butter that goes on top. And that, my friends, is how you do brunch in a time crunch!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 9-inch Dutch baby
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Five-Spice Butter:
Cranberry Sauce:
Batter:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix butter, sugar, and five-spice together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until firm but spreadable.

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  • Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until berries burst and sauce has reduced, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet inside to heat up.

  • Remove cranberry sauce from heat, discard cinnamon stick, and let cool.

  • For the batter, combine milk, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and almond extract in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds.

  • Carefully remove the piping-hot cast iron pan from the oven. Immediately drop in unsalted butter. Dollop 1/4 cup cranberry sauce over the bottom and pour batter on top; do not stir.

  • Return to the oven and bake until center is puffed and edges are dark and crispy, about 20 minutes. Do not open the oven door.

  • Remove Dutch baby from the oven. Add a dollop or two of five-spice butter and drizzle maple syrup on top.

Cook's Note:

Both fresh and frozen cranberries work in this. Or just use pre-made cranberry sauce!

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of cranberry sauce. Reserve the remaining cranberry sauce for another use.

Nutrition Facts

392 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 60.1g; fat 16.1g; cholesterol 99.6mg; sodium 282.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2019
I made this for my cranberry loving MIL. I doubled the dutch baby ingredients and put them in a 12 inch cast iron and cheated by used ready made cranberries from Trader Joe's. Very yummy and received all kinds of compliments. The Chinese five spice was the surprise ingredient that really works. It was great with the butter but fantastic with a drizzle of maple syrup. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2019
I made this for my cranberry loving MIL. I doubled the dutch baby ingredients and put them in a 12 inch cast iron and cheated by used ready made cranberries from Trader Joe's. Very yummy and received all kinds of compliments. The Chinese five spice was the surprise ingredient that really works. It was great with the butter but fantastic with a drizzle of maple syrup. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/02/2020
I found this recipe very confusing and while it tasted OK it didn't puff up at all. came out more like a cookie. Read More
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