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Dutch Baby {Oven Baked Pancake}

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Never made a Dutch Baby? Baby are YOU missing out! Dutch Babies or German pancakes are an egg-y, easy, crêpe like pancake! Oven baked to huge, fluffy, light pancake perfection! Served with melted butter, a squeeze of lemon and a dusting of powdered sugar. 

love breakfast, it’s my FAVORITE meal to eat out, I usually order something I don’t make at home, like Eggs Benedict or pan-fried oatmeal.

Donuts, pastriescinnamon rolls, or streusel coffee cakeI don’t usually eat those things for dinner, do you? So this Dutch Baby fits perfectly into my idea of a special breakfast!

Why You Will Love this Recipe

  • Because dessert masquerading as breakfast is the perfect breakfast, AMIRIGHT?!
  • EASY – Whip up the ingredients, pop it in the oven, and it looks so fancy!
  • Family Friendly – Everyone loves this pancake, slice it up and let each person customize their pancake with their favorite syrups or powdered sugar!

Oven pancakes are perfect for special occasions

These “BABIES” are the perfect, quick, yet elegant breakfast to make your family or sweetie on Valentine’s morning, Christmastime or anytime you want something a little extra special!

School day? No problem! A Dutch Baby whips up so quickly and bakes while you make lunches or grab a quick shower!

Oh and by special occasion, I don’t just mean Mother’s Day or Easter, or even Sunday brunch; go crazy and make it when you are celebrating something truly special like, “I cleaned the bathrooms today” or “I survived my spin class” or “your toddler made it to the potty” or even “I got out of bed this morning.”

All teasing aside, what I’m trying to say is that this is so easy and satisfying that you can make it any day of the week, for any reason!

Simple Ingredients for Dutch Baby

Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Unbleached All-purpose Flour – I like using organic unbleached AP flour, as it is not bleached and has a little more nutrients in it.
  • Eggs – I use large eggs in my baking and cooking, bring the eggs to room temperature.
  • Milk – I typically use whole milk, because that is what I have on hand.
  • Other – You will need a little kosher salt, sugar, and vanilla extract to round it out.
Ingredients for dutch baby. Eggs, flour, warm milk, vanilla

See options below for a double Dutch chocolate version!

How to quickly bring eggs to room temperature

For me, the most difficult part of this recipe, is remembering to bring my eggs to room temperature. If that is you too, simply immerse your eggs in a bowl of very warm (not hot) water while you gather the rest of your ingredients.

While you are at it, in a small saucepan over low heat, warm your milk, don’t scald or boil it, it takes a few minutes, swirl or stir occasionally to distribute the heat. Set aside. If it gets too hot (dip your knuckle in) allow to cool or pour between two pans or bowls for a minute until it’s cooled down a bit.

How to Make a Dutch Baby Oven Pancake

Preheat oven to 425°F and place butter in a 10″ oven safe skillet*, place skillet in preheated oven to melt butter and heat the pan, should only take a couple of minutes.

*I love my cast iron skillet, they heat evenly & beautifully. You can make it in a larger pan it just won’t puff over the sides or try splitting the batter into a couple of smaller pans. It’s really quite forgiving.

In a batter bowl (or blender); place your warm milk, all-purpose flour, sugar, sea salt vanilla and room temp eggs. Whisk until smooth or blend on low until smooth.

Now pour batter into the hot skillet; return to oven. **Don’t forget that handle is hot, I’ve branded my palm several times because I forget, so now as it comes out of the oven, I wrap an oven mitt around the handle or use one of these silicone handle covers, so I don’t forget it’s stinking hot! Sometimes, I’m not the smartest pancake on a Sunday morning!

Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15-25 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes until the puffing goes down slightly.

Slice into wedges and serve with melted butter and maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar or check out these scrumptious options below!

Oven pancake, cooked in a cast iron skillet with lemon in background shaking on powdered sugar

Dutch Baby Options

  • TRADITIONAL DUTCH BABY | Drizzle with melted butter, a dusting of powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon. My favorite!
  • CHOCOLATE CHIP BABY | Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips (my favorite chips) in batter (variety is your choice). Bake as directed. Once cooled slightly, sprinkle on a few more chips just before serving. Serve with a little melted butter and pure maple syrup or go for it, splash on some chocolate syrup!
  • LUSCIOUS LEMON DUTCH BABY | Add zest of one lemon to batter and if you really want to be indulgent, drop a dollop of lemon curd and dust with powdered sugar. Toss on some fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries or blackberries — you get the idea.
  • DOUBLE DUTCH CHOCOLATE BABY | Add 2 tablespoons of Dutch (get it – wink-wink) Processed Cocoa Powder to batter, mix until smooth; bake as directed, serve with a drizzle of maple or chocolate syrup, chocolate chips and if desired sliced strawberries or raspberries — perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Variations & Substitutions

  • Gluten-Free Dutch Baby Oven Pancake – I have had pretty good luck swapping a good Gluten-Free All-purpose flour for regular flour, if you try it let me know how it goes!
  • Dairy-Free Dutch Baby – Swap the regular milk for your favorite plant-based milk.

Dutch Baby vs. German Pancake

Is a Dutch Baby different from a German pancake? They are the same thing, but this puffy oven pancake is said to have originated in Germany, not in the Netherlands. According to America’s Test Kitchen, the Dutch Baby moniker came from a derivation from an American restauranteur on the word “deutsch” which means German, but sounds to our American ears, like “Dutch”.

How would you dress your Dutch Baby?? I’d love to hear!

Pinterest Image of a Dutch Baby Oven pancake, chocolate on top and regular on the bottom with powdered sugar and blueberrues,

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  1. Can someone please tell me why I can’t get mine to fluff up properly? They end up being 1/4 thick with really no rise in them. Still tasty, but not the German pancakes I see here on the site.

    1. Hi David, thank you for letting me know you use almond milk, I think it should still work to give a rise, here are a few reasons you might not be achieving the high fluff. Whipping air into your batter is essential, really beat well. The next time you make it, you might also try letting the batter sit for 5-10 while your pan heats in the oven, this allows the gluten to develop in the batter. The second reason might be that you aren’t preheating your pan hot enough, it should be piping hot when you pour your batter in, then place in oven. Now please note that they do deflate pretty quickly, super puffy out of the oven, but even the best oven pancake deflates on cooling. Hope this helps!


  2. For those of you who may be Gluten Free, I can take almost any recipe and replace wheat flour with Pamela’s “Artisan flour blend” at 1:1 (or choose your GF flour substitute) and this recipe makes delicious GF dutch baby’s 🙂