Make a twist to your normal breakfast pancake and make this Salted Caramel Dutch Pancake. This is not only a beautiful sight to see on your table, this is a delicious way to start your morning. The puff-up look of this pancake never cease to impress people, I mean why not? How often do you get a pancake that looks like this? It is certainly not your usual fluffy pancake, and sometimes unusual is good, in this case it is great!
My perseverance to get this Dutch Baby Pancake finally paid off. After re-testing this over and over again, I finally nailed down the perfect proportion of egg, milk and flour. I have to say I had never tested a pancake as much as I tested this recipe. Every time I failed, I always encouraged myself to never give up, I know at the end all my testing will paid-off and I can soon enjoy my perfect Dutch Baby Pancake.
Do not get intimidated by the looks of it. I know this doesn’t look like you usual pancake, and you might think its is difficult to make this but not really. Since I had tested this over and over again, all you have to do is to follow the simple steps and you are sure to get this puff-up custard like pancake.
What to expect from this pancake
First of all, this is not your usual pancake, but in a good way. The usual pancakes are more uniform in shape, almost have an even thickness and are cooked in a pan or a griddle. It has a soft and fluffy texture (assuming you did it right), almost like a thicker crepe. This pancake on the other hand has a very uneven shape, it was cooked in a cast iron skillet and baked. It has a nicely browned edges and an almost custard like center. It comes out really puff-up, but it could deflate is less than 5 minutes of taking it out from the oven, almost like a souffle.
What is Dutch Baby Pancake?
Dutch Baby Panacke are also called as German Pancake, so it’s in the family of pancakes. The batter is made using a blender or by manual whisking. It’s like a crepe batter with light and runny consistency. It’s thicker than crepe but thinner than pancakes and waffles. It’s has more like a custard base once baked. It’s like a soufflé that puffs up and collapsed in a matter of seconds. This is why if you plan to Instagram it or take a photo of it, you have to be quick to capture the perfect out of the oven puffy and brown look. Unlike pancake and crepe that are cooked on stove top, this one is baked in cast iron skillet in high temperature to allow the batter to rise and puff up. It’s slightly thin but not as thin as crepe, not too sweet and has a prominent egg taste. So basically, it’s a mashed up between crepe, pancakes and soufflés.
How to serve Dutch Baby Pancake
There’s several ways to serve this, from the very simple butter, sugar and lemon juice, to a more fancy fruit toppings and chocolate or caramel sauce. It’s also great with ice cream, because everything is better with ice cream and chocolate.
This Dutch Baby Pancake is easy to make, even easier than pan cake and waffles. And I guarantee you, there’s less chances that you’re gonna screw up on this. It’s more like a fool proof recipe for the best looking Dutch Baby pancake. Let me show you how way it is to make this babies. Let’s get started!
- 1 large Egg – room temperature
- 2/3 cup Milk – room temperature
- 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour (really pack the measuring cup firmly with flour)
- 4 tbsp granulated Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/4 cup Salted Caramel
- Preheat oven to 425º F (220ºC).
- Heat the Skillet: Place butter in heavy skillet and place in the oven until butter has melted (just a few minutes, don’t wander off). You can also heat the skillet on stove top.
- Make the Batter: Add eggs, flour, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Alternatively, you can also do this in a large bowl and use a wire whisk to blend the mixture.
- Pour the Batter: Pour the batter in a heated skillet pan. Transfer the pan in the oven.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes minutes, or until puffed and side is golden brown.
- Serve: Remove from oven, serve individually. Top with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, toppings and Salted Caramel or sauce of your choice.
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