Taking (more than a few) steps back in time with breakfast

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When we was growing up, my brother and I knew it was a special weekend breakfast when it included anything in the “quick bread” category – getting out the waffle iron, making blueberry pancakes on the griddle with Dad, or Mom making her breakfast specialty – Morning Glory Muffins. These foods always trigger family memories for me, but the breakfast dish that reminds me of spending time with my brother is most definitely the Dutch Baby. It’s an oven pancake – but Dutch Baby is way more cooler to say.

I remember, in one of our Mom’s cookbook binders, there’s a little scrap of paper that has the perfect ratios for each size of Dutch Baby – believe me, we perfected the measurements over the years. I don’t have the original recipe in my possession, but what I did worked just fine.

Dutch Baby

What you need:

  • 10 inch cast iron skillet (this is super-important, so don’t substitute it with a different type of pan)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup a.p. flour
  • maple syrup, for serving

Here’s what to do:

  1. Put the skillet in a cold oven.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 495F.
  3. Mix together the eggs and milk (I use a large glass measuring cup).
  4. When the oven is preheated, open it, toss the butter into the skillet and close the door.
  5. Whisk the flour into the milk/eggs mixture (it will be a little lumpy).
  6. When the butter is melted and a little foamy, open the oven and pour the batter over the butter.
  7. Now don’t leave the kitchen!! The baking won’t take long. The batter will transform from a flat liquid disk into peaks and valleys right in front of your eyes. It might split, but don’t worry about it if it does.
  8. As soon as the top is golden brown, remove it from the oven. (If you’re going to take a picture, do it now, because as soon as you remove it, it will start to fall.)
  9. Slice it into quarters and serve it with a drizzle of maple syrup.
  10. Eat it fast! Don’t wait! (We didn’t even make it to the table… hehe)

I realize that this dish requires your absolute attention and supervision, but it’s totally worth it. You will not regret it. =)

 

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