Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

Baking one big pancake in a skillet rather than standing at the stove flipping them one by one is like hitting the pancake jackpot.

Enter the Dutch Baby.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

What’s a Dutch baby you ask? A playful name for an oven-baked pancake that has the chewiness of crepes with the thickness of clafoutis.

It doesn’t have the sponginess that traditional pancakes have. It’s more dense and chewy than soft and fluffy.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

There are many different recipe names for large, skillet, oven-baked pancakes, going by German pancakes, Finnish pancakes or Swedish pancakes which also go by pannekoeken and Dutch babies. I think there’s plenty of overlap between the recipes.

I don’t know if people from those countries really eat the pancakes with their country’s namesake, or if they’re just Americanized adaptations like ‘French fries’. Whether the Dutch eat this or not, we loved it.

It’s so fast and easy to make and you don’t have to stand at the stove and flip pancakes. Big bonus.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

The batter comes together in one bowl with a whisk, and it’s poured over melted butter and blueberries in a skillet, and baked.

Any large oven-safe skillet will do. I used my Le Creuset 10-1/4-Inch Skillet.

This Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet has 2500+ rave reviews and it’s 15 bucks. Or bake it in a 9×9-inch pan.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

You can skip the blueberries and keep it plain, or try another favorite fruit. I can’t get enough blueberries lately, as evidenced by the best muffins, coffee cake, pancake-cake, and loved them in the Dutch baby.

The berries are juicy and abundant and just burst in your mouth with every bite. I used frozen berries for reasons detailed here, but fresh will of course work. You may need to shorten your baking time slightly.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

It’s amazing that this recipe uses just two eggs and one-half cup of flour, and that it produces this big pancake that feeds a family, with leftovers.

It’s value-based eating at its finest. Lots of bang for your buck both in terms of keeping costs and calories lower.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

While it bakes, it puffs up and is pretty impressive looking immediately coming out of the oven, making you look like a seriously talented chef.

It falls as it cools, but there’s a nice puffy wow factor right out of the oven. Ironically, there’s no baking soda or powder used. Almost magical puffing thanks to just two eggs.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

The Dutch baby is lightly sweetened and satisfying both as a breakfast option or for brinner.

Breakfast-for-dinner when you realize you’ve got 20 minutes to get something on the table and haven’t started anything and your fridge is sparse. If you’ve got 2 eggs and a little flour, you’re in business.

Blueberries can do no wrong.

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake - Never be a slave to flipping pancakes again! Make one big one & bake it! So easy & just packed with juicy blueberries!

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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

This oven-baked pancake has the chewiness of crepes with the thickness of clafoutis, and making it is as easy as making pancake batter. Because it's baked, there's no need to stand around flipping pancakes. The blueberries are juicy and abundant, but can be omitted or replaced with other fruit you have on hand. It's amazing how much puff and bang for the buck you get with only 2 eggs and a small amount of flour in this easy, flavorful, puffy pancake.

Yield: one 10-inch skillet pancake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups frozen blueberries (add them frozen, do not thaw first; fresh may be substituted, possibly reducing baking time by a few minutes)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt, optional and to taste
confectioners' sugar for dusting or jam for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a large oven-safe skillet by spraying with cooking spray or greasing it.
  2. Place butter in the skillet. Put skillet in the oven to melt the butter; it's okay to put it in while oven is still in preheating mode.
  3. After butter has melted, about 3 to 5 minutes, remove skillet from oven.
  4. Evenly sprinkle blueberries over the butter; set skillet aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  6. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, optional salt, and whisk until smooth and free from lumps.
  7. Slowly and evenly pour batter over the blueberries.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until center is set. Dutch baby will puff while baking and edges may curl up; this is normal. If using fresh berries, you may need to reduce baking time because they release less water than frozen. Keep a watchful eye on your Dutch baby because it's baking in quite a hot oven and can burn easily.
  9. Allow Dutch baby to cool in skillet momentarily before optionally dusting with confectioners' sugar.
  10. Carefully slice (don't scratch your skillet) and serve; optionally spread jam over it. Dutch baby is best fresh, but extra may be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I prefer the leftover portion cold, like chilled pie, rather than reheating it.

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Have you ever made or tried a Dutch baby?
   

106 Responses to “Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake”

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    Laura Dembowski — July 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I have always wanted to make one of these. Yours looks perfect and the pics are so bright and pretty! Much healthier than I thought too.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 25th, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I liked these pics too – and the recipe :) Sometimes I love the recipe but the pics don’t do it justice. And thanks for the tweets you always do – noticed and appreciated!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — July 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Dutch babies are our favorite- we call them hoot-a-nanny’s in our house. We often have it breakfast for dinner! The blueberries have been so good lately, I must try it with them baked in!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 25th, 2013 at 6:47 am

      I love the name you give it! That’s so fun!

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    Valerie — July 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This Dutch baby looks looks stunning in your blue skillet! I may just have to make one of my own. xo

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 25th, 2013 at 10:41 am

      And we have matching skillets – how bout that. :)

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook — July 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I love making these. It is like magic when they rise. Love the use of blueberries. I generally use apples which means waiting until fall. And yes, I call it a German pancake because it was my grandma’s specialty and that’s where she hailed from!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    It’s been about a year since I made a Dutch baby–this post makes me want to remedy that immediately! I’ve put berries on top of them, but never tried baking them into the batter–love it!

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — July 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    This is stunning. You know how I love my pancakes! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 27th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you! And yes I do.

      And thanks again for the linky love on your last post :)

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    Jen — July 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    This is beautiful, and looks delicious! A question, though–I’ve made something very similar for years, and it also includes 1/2 cup milk in the recipe. I didn’t see any milk in your recipe, and was curious–isn’t the batter too thick to pour without milk or other liquid?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 28th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Glad you’ve tried similar. It’s there!

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    Shanna — July 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I just made this for breakfast today – I did not have an oven-safe skillet, but I baked it in an 8×8 pan – everyone loved it! The cinnamon and nutmeg made the kitchen in my little apartment smell so wonderful while it was cooking. We all agreed that I should definitely make it again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 28th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      So glad you loved it and yes, the cinn and nutmeg do wonders to make your house smell like a bakery, don’t they! :)

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    Pancake recipe — August 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

    The above given recipe is really very nice. It is easy and tastes good. Thanks for such a great recipe.

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    Hilary — August 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever had a dutch baby before! I’m a diedhard pancake fan though, and although it isn’t exactly the same, I say it’s worth a go, right? :)

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    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile — October 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Beautiful! I have just pinned this and will be making it for breakfast this week!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 18th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks for pinning and enjoy! LMK how it goes!

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    Aurica — March 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

    this pancake it make’s it fast, but i’ll eat it faster because i can’t resist to such an amazing and crunchy delicious pancake dessert, yummmmmy :D

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