This Dutch Baby recipe has become one of my favorites, and creating it sparks lots of warm memories for me. You see, my grandmother inspired my love of baking, and this recipe gives me a great reason to use her cast iron skillet! She and I would bake scrumptious goodies every time I stayed with her; those visits were some of the brightest highlights of my childhood!
A wonderful lifetime friend and I were reminiscing about this over coffee not long ago. She reminded me of the time the three of us made edible play dough cookies. She recalled the wonderful time we had, and how she would tell everyone she knew how much fun Katie’s grandma was! Who knew a little flour and sugar could create such enduring memories?
As I look back on it all, I wonder to myself whether my grandmother enjoyed baking as much as I did. I can only imagine how HUGE a mess I must have made (my husband can attest to the fact that I can DESTROY a clean kitchen in no time). Whether she enjoyed it as much as I did or not, grandma had the most important thing right: spending time with the ones you love is everything. I will never forget the memories we made and the skills she taught me, and that’s the beauty and value of baking with -and for- the ones you love!
Very few material things have the potential to last: they break, go out of style, and some simply vanish (especially with small children around). One of the few material objects I have of my grandmother’s is this cast iron skillet. As far as lasting tangible gifts go, it’s a perfect one, because -if taken care of- a good cast iron skillet will easily outlast a lifetime of creating.
My grandma’s skillet is perfect for making this Dutch Baby recipe, and the results are so delicious that my husband and children could easily eat two if we had them. Consequently, I am in the market for another cast iron skillet, lol! I can only hope that the time I spend with my children will make as fond and lasting impressions upon their hearts as the memories I made with my grandma have had on me!
For this recipe, you will need:
2 Tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
½ cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
½ cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
TOPPINGS! Some ideas are: berries, whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, or give my apple compote a try (my husband’s favorite!)
Start by heating your oven to 400 degrees F
Melt butter in a 10 in cast iron skillet over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and brush the melted butter up the sides of the skillet.
Next, combine eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender. Blend one minute, until mixture is well combined and foamy.
Pour into skillet and carefully transfer hot pan to oven. Bake 18 minutes, until puffy and lightly browned on top.
Remove from oven and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Top slices with desired topping and serve!
For my Apple Compote, you will need:
1 large apple
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of salt
A splash of cream or half and half
(If you want a little extra topping, consider doubling this recipe!)
Heat a small skillet over medium heat and chop the apple into bite-sized pieces. Melt butter in the pan and toss in the apple pieces, sautéing for a minute or two. Mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, adding a splash of cream and cooking until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.
Happy baking, my friends!
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