Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries

"What do we teach our children? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything."

-Pablo Casals

The dutch baby holds a special place in my heart. It reminds me of times of special breakfasts at The Original Pancake House. Growing up we had a location within walking distance to our house in Anaheim, California.

It was always my favorite place to eat breakfast, (and I believe it still is.)

I would always order the same thing. The apple pancake. A huge sweet dutch baby pancake loaded with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. That is definitely one of the best tastes of childhood for me.

Everyone else thought so too, of course. There was always a line out the door on Sunday mornings after church. Those minutes of waiting for a table were some of the longest minutes of my life.

Mixing up the eggs, lemon zest and sugar

The apple pancake is the dish they are famous for, but they also serve a more traditional dutch baby. A German pancake (like this one) served with wedges of lemon and powdered sugar. This dish I've always loved as well.

A picture from the oven

So when I saw this version with fresh berries, I knew I had to have it. Fresh berries just mean summer to me. This baby is easy to make, just make a simple one bowl batter, toss on some berries, throw it in the oven and you're done!

A perfect summer brunch dish that is certain to create more delicious dutch baby memories.


This is my fresh strawberry Dutch Baby

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Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries

Recipe adapted from Grace Parisi from Food and Wine

Edited to add - This recipe is very flexible with the fruit. You can use any mixture of berries or chopped fruit. I've made it with chopped strawberries and chopped fresh peaches and it turns out great. Of course if your fruit has a high water content you'll want to dry it as much as possible, for example if the peaches are very ripe, just try not to get all of that moisture onto the batter, or it may turn out a little wet.


3 large eggs

1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

2/3 cup (129 g.) sugar

3/4 cup (88 g.) flour

3/4 cup (177 ml) whole milk

1 cup (165 g.) (about 6 oz.) raspberries

1 cup (165 g.) (about 6 oz.) blackberries
4 Tablespoons butter

Confectioners sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, 220 Celsius, Gas Mark 7.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the finely grated lemon zest, sugar and salt until combined. Add the flour and milk and whisk until smooth.

Put a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add the butter and melt it. When the butter is melted remove from the heat and add the batter. Sprinkle the berries evenly over the batter. Put it in the preheated oven.

Bake it for about 22 minutes, until the edges are browned and puffed. It will puff up, then fall, like a souffle. (Unfortunately, the pictures of mine that you see, have fallen already). Dust with confectioners sugar and cut into wedges and serve.


Mindy said...

Our house is FULL of fresh fruit and berries right now. I'm making this tomorrow morning for the kiddos - and me. :o)
Thanks for sharing!

The Alchemist said...

Mindy- Awesome! I hope you love it.

Jaclyn said...

That looks so yummy! I love Dutch of my favorites!

Cindy said...

This looks like comfort food to me. Delicious.

Unknown said...

We made this today and it was so delicious that it was gone in 15 minutes. I have to share your blog and this tasty recipe.

The Alchemist said...

Mindy, I'm so glad you liked it, that's great!

Cindy- totally comfort food for me too!

Maria said...

This looks absolutely delicious. Especially with the fresh berries. YUM!

Cassie said...

This looks amazing! Berries are my favorite summer fruits, and I've never met a breakfast dish I didn't like. I want to try this soon. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

OK, I think this is going on the menu this weekend! It looks divine. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party - Tout It Tuesday.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Ooh, how DELICIOUS!! This is definitely on my breakfast to-do-list! :)
Thank you so much for sharing @ {nifty thrifty sunday}! You will be featured at this week's party!
xo! Vanessa

The Alchemist said...

Vanessa - THANK YOU so much! you're so awesome.

smcfarland said...

I just came over from nifty thrifty things because this looks just yummy. I've shared your blog site with my daughters too. Thank you so much for this delicious and easy recipe.

The Alchemist said...

smcfarland- I'm so glad you like my blog, and I think you will enjoy this recipe, I've made it probably 5 times since I've posted this since it's so easy. I switch up the fruit, and sometimes make it without, just lemon juice on top with powdered sugar.