How to make the best dutch baby pancake! With optional honey roasted rhubarb and powdered sugar on top. An easy and impressive weekend breakfast or brunch!
This dutch baby pancake recipe was originally published in May 2015 and updated in April 2019. I received a copy of The Perfect Egg by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park for review and was given permission to share this dutch baby recipe from the book. All opinions are my own.
See that giant, puffy, skillet pancake up there? THAT is a glorious dutch baby pancake. And this recipe comin atcha today is the BEST dutch baby pancake recipe you'll ever find.
Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park, the genius ladies behind the blog Spoon Fork Bacon, created it for their mega rad cookbook, The Perfect Egg. I took the simple recipe from the book and added some sweet tartness (that's a thing right?), and BLAMMO - dutch baby pancake with honey roasted rhubarb.
Pancakes are an absolute fave in our house. Orange pancakes, cranberry pancakes, even healthy yogurt pancakes. But, a dutch baby is an even easier way to make a wonderful brunch for a weekend or a special occasion.
What is a dutch baby pancake?
A dutch baby pancake, or sometimes called a German pancake, is quite simply a puffed pancake cooked in the oven. You bake one large pancake in a skillet in the oven rather than pan frying both sides of smaller pancake rounds.
Dutch babies are puffier, thicker, and larger than other pan-fried pancakes and are similar to a popover or a Yorkshire pudding.
They are usually sweet and fruity, but I like to make dutch babies savory too! This savory spring onion dutch baby seriously rivals this rhubarb one for my favorite brunch ever.
How to make a dutch baby
- First, you'll need to preheat a large skillet in your oven at pretty high heat.
- Whisk all of your batter ingredients together until smooth.
- Remove the hot skillet from the oven and very quickly swirl the melted butter along the bottom and then add the batter. Pop in the oven and cook until puffed and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and dust the bubble with confectioner's sugar and honey roasted rhubarb if making.
Amazing dutch baby recipes to try:
The Perfect Egg Cookbook
The Perfect Egg just may be the most useful cookbook I have in my kitchen. At the least, it teaches how to cook eggs properly, but at best, it teaches you how to cook eggs in a way you never even dreamed possible. This book is packed full of recipes that I have never heard of before, which I find really exciting and refreshing as a cookbook and food blog addict. It begins with the perfect egg, and takes it to a level of unmatched creativity and finesse.
The first pages of the book share everything you need to know about choosing and storing eggs. The difference between organic, cage-free, grain fed, etc. Why are some eggs brown and some white? How do the eggs of birds other than chickens differ? Then, you get your basics. Scrambling, frying, poaching, boiling. Next begins all the recipes you will ever need for eggs, morning till night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
As I mentioned, their dutch baby recipe from the book is the best I've ever had, and has become my go-to recipe every time I make one!
How to make honey roasted rhubarb
- Preheat your oven. You can do this while you are preheating your skillet.
- Toss some sliced rhubarb with honey and spread out on a baking sheet.
- Roast until soft, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through
Can I make a dutch baby without a cast iron skillet?
YES! You can use any oven-safe dish to make a dutch baby pancake! 12" skillets work the best, but you can use shallow baking dishes or even pie pans to make this. Be careful handling the mega hot dishes though!
Dutch baby pancake recipe with optional honey roasted rhubarb
This is like a slice of heaven, you guys. Buttery, sugary, cinnamony dessert like pancake, topped with tart, soft, warm roasted rhubarb.
dutch baby pancake with honey roasted rhubarb
For the dutch baby pancake
For the honey roasted rhubarb
- 2 small rhubarb stalks, cut into 1" pieces*
- 1 tablespoon honey
- confectioner's sugar for dusting
For the honey roasted rhubarb
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Toss the rhubarb and honey together in a medium bowl until evenly coated. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out rhubarb evenly. Place in the heated oven, along with a 12″ cast-iron skillet. Roast rhubarb for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove and set aside to cook the pancake. Increase the heat to 450 degrees F to preheat the skillet.
For the dutch baby pancake
- If you are skipping the rhubarb topping, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and heat a cast iron skillet in the oven.
- Prepare your dough. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl, mixing well. Add the eggs, milk, 1½ Tablespoons of the butter, and the vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- When skillet is heated, carefully remove it from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
- Add the remaining 2½ Tablespoons of butter to the skillet, swirl to coat the bottom, and then pour the batter into the skillet. Quickly but carefully return the skillet to the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
- Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Generously dust the top of the “bubble” with confectioners’ sugar, top with rhubarb, and serve immediately.
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Hope you try out the rhubarb topping on this dutch baby! Definitely worth the extra effort.
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Recipe adapted with permission from The Perfect Egg, by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.