dutch baby ~ german pancake

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~ dutch baby ~

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.Β  ~John Gunther

I started making this puffy breakfast pancake when Jeff and I were first married. The perfect weekend indulgence for your family, or for a fancy company brunch. Don’t use an electric mixer for this as the ingredients can be over mixed too easily, causing the pancake to become tough. Hand mixing is best for this recipe.

One of our favorite breakfast treats! A puffed Dutch pancake with lemon syrup!

for the dutch baby:

1/2 cup butter

6 large eggs

1 and 1/2 cups milk

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

for the lemon syrup:

juice of two lemons

powdered sugar

Place butter in a cast iron skillet or glass pie plate and set in a preheated 425 degree oven. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs with a wire whisk. Add milk and flour. Mix with a wire whisk until large clumps disappear and the batter is fairly smooth. Don’t over-mix or your Dutch Baby will be tough.

Carefully remove pan from oven and pour batter into the hot, melted butter. Return pan to oven and bake until well browned and puffed on the edges, 20 to 25 minutes, depending on pan size. Cut into wedges and serve with the lemon syrup! Fresh berries are a wonderful addition to this romantic breakfast dish.

To make the syrup ~ juice the lemons, discard seeds and add powdered sugar, a Tablespoon at a time until the syrup tastes sweet enough to you. Mix with a wire whisk.



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  75 comments for “dutch baby ~ german pancake

  1. December 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, another one I have to try (pinned so I remember it!) – The name is just amazing. Makes me really chuckle πŸ˜€ Totally agree on your quote. A leisurely breakfast is certainly the best start to every day!

    • Melissa
      December 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      this is so great. so many different variations for toppings….the classic-maple syprup, lemon syrup with blueberries, almond extract added to the batter and topped with kirsch cherries. All awesome. Enjoy!

  2. January 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I love when I stumble on one of your recipes, saw this on Pinterest, repinning and adding to my “list”
    I know the kids will go nuts over this one!

  3. Doreen Simpson
    February 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous Melissa, thanks so much sweetie xxx Dor

    • Melissa
      February 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      You’re welcome my lovely Dor! Thanks for the invite! enjoy the recipe!

  4. April 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    A keeper for sure dear Melissa! Thanks and xoxoxo

    • Melissa
      April 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

      You’re welcome Michele! enjoy πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

  5. April 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I was first exposed to Dutch Babies in college and they have held a special place in my heart ever since. I’ve never tried to make them on my own before – I guess I better try now! Thanks doll!

    • Melissa
      September 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      xo Megan! thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

  6. Sharon Howell
    September 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Just bought a cast iron skillet. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Melissa
      September 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      yay! enjoy! πŸ™‚

  7. September 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Melissa! This is heavenly…I love lemons, you know, so I must try it…and it’s like a dessert for me!! Thank you for sharing! xoxo <3

    • Melissa
      September 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      xoxoxo Ally!!!! I so appreciate your sweet comments πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  8. Debra Castagnier
    September 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thank you for this. This will be my daughters B-D breakfast on the 4th. I will get the grandkids to help with the syrup.

    • Melissa
      September 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      so pleased you like it Debra! enjoy πŸ™‚

  9. ina
    October 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

    You always have the most amazing recipes. Thank You so much for sharing!!!

    • Melissa
      October 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hi Ina! What a sweet compliment! xoxo and thanks so much for visiting!

  10. Angela
    November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    These are like the Pfannkuchen (German pancakes) that are a favorite in my house. We always drizzle melted butter, and lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with powdered sugar. I’ll have to try mixing it to make lemon syrup. Yum! And I’ll have to try this recipe too.

    • Melissa
      November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Angela! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚ yes, almost exactly like Pannekuchen. enjoy!

    • Mary
      October 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I LOVE pfannkuchen, going to try this for old times sake. Sounds sort of like Yorkshire Pudding.

      • Melissa
        October 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Enjoy, Mary! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  11. December 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Looks amazing. We love to make German pancakes too. I’ll bet these would be a stellar substitute. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      so pleased you like the recipe! enjoy! πŸ™‚

  12. December 3, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Is that a 10″ skillet?

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      yes, a 10 to 12 inch skillet πŸ™‚

      • Jimmy
        January 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

        I was thinking about doing 2. 6 inch skillet’s I like the edges

  13. Aaron
    January 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I am so on this, Melissa! Yum!!! Old post, but just saw this and cannot stop drooling!!!

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      so glad you like it! thanks for stopping by, Aaron! enjoy πŸ™‚

  14. Nancy Robeson
    January 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Wow another great recipe!

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! enjoy πŸ™‚

  15. January 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Can’t wait to make these this weekend. I love lemon and these sound divine!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Helena! thanks for visiting! enjoy πŸ™‚

  16. January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Yum! Your dutch baby looks very good! And I like the idea of lemon syrup. Thanks a lot of sharing!

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚ it’s definitely a favorite breakfast treat in our house. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  17. Diane
    March 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

    What a great recipe for all those extra eggs.. Sounds Yummy… Thank You. Diane from The Lazy Chicken Coop

    • Melissa
      March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Hello there, Diane! Thanks for visiting. So pleased you like the recipe! enjoy πŸ™‚

  18. Laura
    March 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Made it for dinner tonight…wonderful! Husband loved it!

    • Melissa
      March 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      breakfast for dinner! yum! love it, Laura πŸ™‚ glad the hubby approved!

  19. Amy gillespie
    March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Making this tomorrow for my daughters Birthday breakfast! Can’t wait till tomorrow, looks heavenly!

    • Melissa
      March 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      oh my! how fun! this will be perfect for your birthday celebration…if you want to make it extra pretty…top with whipped cream and a bunch of fresh berries! enjoy πŸ™‚ xo

  20. christine hansen
    March 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Fabulous we made this for breakfast even my picky child had seconds.

    • Melissa
      March 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Hello, Christine! So happy it was a success! πŸ™‚ thanks for trying my recipe and for visiting!

  21. April 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I love cast iron skillet pancakes. This is going to be wonderful. I plan on topping it with some bourbon apples we canned last season!

    • Melissa
      April 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Hello there! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚ Love the idea of topping this with those bourbon apples! YUM! enjoy.

  22. Carrie
    October 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I always have this the The Original Pancake House. I never new it was so easy to make. Can it be made over the camp fire?

    • Melissa
      October 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Carrie! Yes, these are so easy to put together and so yummy! I’m not sure if you could make them over a campfire or not, but it would be a fun experiment πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, and enjoy. XO

  23. Ruth Cobb
    October 31, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Love the dutch baby pancakes. been making the apple cinnamon one from Cooking Light for several years now. I have to try this one. Lookes so pretty and lemon would be wonderful. I always have trouble removing mine from the skillet. Do you serve yours from the skillet or plate it? You always have such good recipes and pretty pictures.

    • Melissa
      October 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Ruth! thanks for the sweet compliments! πŸ˜‰ I usually just serve my Dutch Babies straight from the skillet. XO

  24. December 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    would love to try this recipe.

    • Melissa
      December 15, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Hi Marsha! I’m so glad you like the recipe πŸ™‚ enjoy, and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. ~M

  25. June Williams
    December 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Great recipe, it will be a “next” !

    • Melissa
      December 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Yay! Enjoy, June πŸ™‚

  26. Cheryl
    September 6, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Looks like a wonderful recipe… I’m going to try make the pancake in two single serve skillet for a romantic breakfast for the husband and I… Thank you…

    • Melissa
      October 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      My pleasure, Cheryl! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  27. Kit
    January 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Try with fresh strawberries (and fresh blueberries/blackberries/raspberries), top with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle brown sugar on top of that. Yummm

  28. EKB
    January 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    If you mix the milk and flour together first with a whisk, then add the beaten eggs, your batter will never be lumpy.

  29. Barbara
    January 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Can this be heated up as leftovers? there are only 2 of us in our household. I can’t wait to try! Thank you!

  30. Denet
    January 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I am going to try this…it sounds wonderful!!!! My hubby is half Dutch and I am part German…..I bet the homemade Dutch apple syrup I make for my hubby would be great on this!!!

  31. Janine
    January 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I make this all the time but just with 3 eggs and smaller amt of milk and butter and flour. It hardly fits in my skillet. How does such a larger one fit? Seems like it would run over. Just curious.

  32. LINDA
    January 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    we always called them “Dutch Betty’s”…….luv them…..luv anything that goes into a cast iron skillet !!!!!

  33. Cyndi
    January 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    LOVE Dutch Babies……… The Original Pancake House in my area serves them with a plate of fresh sliced strawberries….and a strawberry puree, a scoop of whipped butter, about 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and a wedge or 2 of lemon !!!!! To prepare your baby…. take the butter and smear it into the middle of the baby and then add the powdered sugar and squeeze the lemon wedge into the butter use the back of a spoon to mix … this makes a delicious lemon glaze …….then add the sliced strawberries and top with the puree. and lastly ENJOY !!!!!!!!

  34. Maureen
    January 24, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    this looks fabulous! ! I love these.
    questions, what size skillet do you use ?
    Thanks much,

  35. Tabitha
    May 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Okay, I just tried this, and its to thick in the middle. I have had these for years from a local restaurant and they are really thin in the middle. What am I doing wrong?

  36. LINDA E
    May 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Maybe your skillet is too small???… my skillet is 10 1/2 ” (across bottom) cast iron skillet

  37. Tennessee family
    June 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I perfectly halve it for our pie pan and its quickly become a family favorite. Out of this world good. Recently we experimented with savory, cutting the butter, adding fresh oregano to the batter and then a light sprinkling of pizza sauce, more oregano, fresh basil, fresh cherry tomatoes, and a small amount of finely chopped pepperoni, followed by a basting of garlic butter on the perfect rim once complete. Amazing. Thank you very much!!!

  38. debbie
    December 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Can it be reheated? I need to make something for a breakfast luncheon and thought that this would be great.

    • Melissa
      December 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend reheating this one. It’s best right out of the oven. It’s so pretty, but it falls quickly. Sort of like a souffle. If you’re looking for a good breakfast bake, here’s my favorite…. Hope that helps! XO ~M


      • debbie
        December 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm

        Thanks Melissa I will save this one for Christmas morning and check out the other one you suggested!

        • Melissa
          December 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

          Enjoy, Lovely Debbie! πŸ™‚

  39. Joanne
    December 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Tried this today…. it was awesome! When we took it out of oven the butter was melted in the middle. We poured some of it out. Are you suppose to MIX the batter with the butter? We just poured it in.

    • Melissa
      December 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Hi there Joanne πŸ™‚
      I usually just pour it in. Sounds like you did it right. Glad you liked it! XO ~M

  40. Terry
    January 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

    What is the best size cast iron pan to use with a dutch boy

    • Melissa
      January 17, 2016 at 10:18 am

      10 to 12 inches πŸ™‚

  41. Cathi
    August 1, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Where can I find the recipe for the savoury one? I’ve made the sweet ones for years and we love them.

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