Dutch Baby/ Apple Pancakes / German Pancakes

Dutch Baby was such an ear catching name, that even before I looked into what it was I got tempted to make them.

It turned out to be a gorgeous rich pancake recipe. It is similar to the upside down cakes but really a mix between cake and custards

This recipe is essentially a pan size souffle which means you cannot do away with the eggs. The magic is to see something rise and then collapse down. Metaphorically it is equivalent to your anxiousness getting built up and then letting your mind settle down to sudden serenity.

The real taste comes from the apples so that is the key ingredient. For egghaters the essential ingredient is cinnamon or nutmeg or cardamom. All 3 are interchangeably used and are equally popular. 

So go ahead and experiment , while I take our tour to the next destination...Deutschland - well yes , apparently the dutch babies are from Germany...For convenience calling it Deutschland since I am following the pattern of D from D - just like my previous dishes in case you missed the sub theme...- well until it lasts...

I made this early morning for my kid's breakfast - but I changed my mind and ended up giving him something else....which meant more time and angles to click some pictures amidst the mad rush..

My kiddo called out saying, will eat it when I come back from school...

for pancake
3 eggs 
1 cup milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cake flour
1 tspn vanilla extract

 for caramalised apple 
1 apple sliced 
2 tbsp butter
4 tspn sugar
1 tspn nutmeg/ cinnamon/ cardamom powder

for topping 
Caramel sauce/ icing sugar/ Hershey's strawberry syrup

 This is usually made in a skillet but since I do not have one that fits in my oven, I made it in a cake tin

1)  You can prepare the apple caramel in a pan on stove top or make it directly in the cake pan. Add butter, apple and sugar with spice to the pan and place it in a preheated oven at 200C for 3-4 or until it has softened and the sugar start caramelising.
2) In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla essence.
3) Gradually add the flour and mix it well
4) Add this mixture from the sides in the pan. 
5) Return the pan back to the oven for 20 min at 200c
6) Remove when the sides look brown and the centre although custard like but still well set. 

You will notice a dramatic fall and rise of the dutch baby if you, like me are watching the oven like a hawk.

While serving drizzle it with sweet syrup or dust with icing sugar.


Kalyani said…
I liked ur metaphor there pradnya ! But sadly altho this tempts me , I will have to source an eggless version for now ( if that exists)
I would be very sad if I saw this in the morning and not be able to eat. Poor Kiddo! Love the Dutch baby and wish I could wake up to this kind of breakfast!
Srivalli said…
Oh I was just drooling over at Pavani's pictures and you have another one here...I am hearing about this for the first time and it sounds good, though I am not sure if I can skip the eggs..good choice..
Harini R said…
Love the metaphor you used. Except that it has eggs in it I love the look and feel of these pancakes :)
veena said…
Pradyna this looks super good. I wish there was an eggless version
Namratha said…
Both you and Pavani have me convinced on trying this! Interesting that yours turned out like a Soufflé.
Sowmya :) said…
Like you said, the name of the dish does tempt you to try. Love your metaphor! The pancake looks lip smacking!
Ritu Tangri said…
Wow for your analogy! What a choice of words!I could just imagine it rising and falling...though I don't like eggs in my cooking, but my daughter would certainly love it :)
The pancake is sure inviting , those apples, cinnamon, very interesting..now we have a eggless version too...at Pavani's. Pradnya this is mean..poor Shalok.
Pavani said…
I totally loved making this dish Pradnya. Apples and cinnamon sure sound like a delicious addition. Will try it next time I make the dish.
Priya Suresh said…
Dutch baby is inviting me, am so tempted to baked some dutch baby after going through Pavani's post and yours.
Looks so yummy and delicious ... Perfect for breakfast!!
Srividhya said…
Baked pancakes is a great idea and that too topped with apple.. simple superb

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