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Basic Dutch Baby

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour I used white whole wheat for this one but I have used other kinds and they've all worked well
  • 3 tablespoons - 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place a 10" cast iron skillet inside in the lower third of the oven, making sure there are no racks above it as the pancake will puff up considerably.  You can also use a pie plate if you don't have a skillet that you can use.  Or you can use a slightly smaller or larger skillet, just be sure to keep an eye on your dutch baby and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, sugar and salt till smooth.  Set aside until the oven is preheated and the pan is hot.  Add the two tablespoons of butter to the cast iron skillet(or pie plate or whatever you're using) without removing it from the oven.  Close the oven door and check on the butter every minute and when it's completely melted remove the pan from the oven.  Swirl the butter around so that it covers the bottom of the pan, then pour the batter in.  Immediately place it back in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until puffed and golden brown.  Remove and cool for a few minutes.  It will deflate as it cools.  After a few minutes, cut and serve with a light dusting of powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon, pure maple syrup, your favorite fresh fruits or your favorite preserves or fruit compote.