Make us your home page

Dutch Baby Pancake looks dramatic, easy to make

We dream about someday running a little B&B. If it did happen, Dutch baby pancakes would be in the rotation. It's the kind of thing I'd always welcome on a weekend morning.

I say this is a weekend breakfast because it tastes like a treat, not because it's a very involved recipe. It's a simple batter with basic ingredients you probably always have around. You can dress it up as you like, with spices in the batter or jam swirled throughout. I found the most important thing here is to preheat the skillet. When I didn't take that step, my pancake did not puff up at all. Sad, like a kid realizing summer break doesn't actually start until next week. You can't imagine the joy when I pulled the next one from the oven: bold, proud and towering high above the skillet. You've got to preheat, people.

The way a Dutch baby pancake puffs up is something to be seen, but the height doesn't last long after you pull it from the oven. It soon deflates. Snap that Instagram picture quickly.

The Valentine Bed and Breakfast is just a dream for now (otherwise I'd invite you over), but you don't need to wait for me. Sleep in some Saturday morning, and then make this puffy pancake. It's soon ready, simple and delicious as ever.

Ileana Morales is a freelance writer who cooks in a small apartment kitchen in Tampa with boyfriend Danny Valentine, an education reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. For more of their kitchen adventures, visit Ileana's blog, She can be reached at


Dutch Baby Pancake

Zest of 1 lemon or 1 small orange

¼ cup sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

¾ cup whole milk, at room temperature

½ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided

Powdered sugar

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh berries, for serving

Heat oven to 425 degrees and place 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet in center of oven. You want the skillet to be very hot.

In a small bowl, rub citrus zest into sugar. Whisk together eggs, milk, flour, salt, vanilla and citrus zest and sugar mixture. Mix vigorously until foamy, a couple of minutes.

Remove skillet from oven and place 3 tablespoons butter in it. Swirl butter around and return to oven to allow butter to brown, about a minute; it will brown quickly. Pour batter into skillet and immediately return skillet to oven; bake until pancake is puffed up and lightly browned at the edges, about 15 to 20 minutes.

The incredible height of the pancake will be gone in a flash. Admire it, quickly. Place up to 1 tablespoon butter in the center of the pancake and use a mesh strainer to sprinkle the pancake with powdered sugar. Squeeze half a lemon over the pancake. Slice pancake into wedges, and serve immediately with fresh fruit.

Serves 2.

Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart

Dutch Baby Pancake looks dramatic, easy to make 06/16/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 7:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bar review: Les Partners Lounge goes old-school in Clearwater

    Bars & Spirits

    There are some local places that I'm shocked aren't more well known, and I think that's the result of a general aversion to stepping out of one's comfort zone. I make regular concerted efforts to step outside of mine, which often leads me to strange and rewarding drinking establishments.

    Les Partners Lounge is an old-school, smoker-friendly cocktail lounge and live music venue tucked away in a nondescript shopping plaza in Island Estates.
  2. Local craft beer of the week: Plongeur a L'eponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.

    Bars & Spirits

    Tarpon Springs' Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. has a somewhat idiosyncratic approach to wild ale brewing, utilizing an open brewing approach involving uncovered fermenters in order to brew beer with local ambient microbes, reminiscent in some ways to the fermentation techniques used by rustic farmhouse breweries in Belgium …

     Plongeur a?€š€™L?ˆš??ponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, 6/23/17  Electric Chair Sour Shandy, Angry Chair Brewing, 6/30/17   Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Motorworks Brewing 7/7/17
  3. ‘80s acts dominate lineup of 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival


    Oh, yes. Christmas is coming early this year to ‘80s fans in Florida. Disney’s Epcot Center has announced the lineup to its “Eat to the Beat” concert series that coincides with their annual International Food & Wine Festival.

  4. Equality Florida leader honored at Tampa U2 concert


    TAMPA — Equality Florida director Nadine Smith couldn't attend last week's U2 concert in Tampa, but she can tell you which of her friends had great seats for the June 14 show at Raymond James Stadium.

    Nadine Smith, Equality Florida founder and CEO, received a unique distinction last week when U2 included her in a montage of photos saluting activism and women leaders.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23


    Leslie Odom Jr.: A solo concert by the Broadway star who won a Tony for his performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

    Leslie Odom Jr. accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in "Hamilton"  during the 70th Annual Tony Awards  on June 12, 2016.  (Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)