Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Hand-Me-Down Family Recipe - Dutch Babies (Puff Pancakes) by Kaye Spencer #recipes #westernfictioneers


My mom and I have been going through her recipes. We’ve talked about who in the family made this or that. Apparently, my great aunt Orba made a spectacular white cake. (I don't remember her cake.) My maternal grandpa’s fried frog legs were a summer treat (I remember these.) Some of my mom’s recipes I remember fondly. Others still make me cringe (her meatloaf...with nutmeg...)

Breakfast isn’t my favorite meal of the day – it comes too early in the morning – but I do love ‘breakfast’ food any time of the day. One of my mom’s recipes I’ve always liked is Dutch Babies aka Puff Pancakes. She remembers them as a staple for breakfast when she was little (born 1933). She assumes her mom made them for her older siblings, so the recipe is older than the “c. 1930” date I put on the recipe.

Anyway, Dutch Babies have few ingredients, are easy to make, and don’t take long to bake. 

My kind of cooking.

Dutch Babies (Puff Pancakes) c. 1930

*Bake at 400° for 25 minutes.
*Recipe fills one pie plate (pan)
*Serve with syrup, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar

Ingredients:

2 eggs
½ cup flour
½ cup milk
¼ tsp. salt

2 tblsp. Butter

Directions:

*Melt butter in pie plate – Pie plate MUST be hot – Put plate in oven while you mix the batter
*Beat the eggs
*Add flour, salt, & milk – Mix Well
*Pour batter into hot pie plate
*Bake until lightly browned and puffed – edges tend to be darker brown



Until next time,
Kaye Spencer

writing through history one romance upon a time
www.kayespencer.com



14 comments:

  1. Yum. Reminds me a bit of Yorshire Pudding. Now, to figure out how to make this yummy dish of your's gluten free. (Sigh) Doris

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    1. Doris,
      I've never eaten Yorksire Pudding. I'll have to investigate that. Gluten free? Hmmm... I'll bet there's a way.

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  2. I think I'm going to love this. Few ingredients, fast, easy and wonderful! Thank you for sharing this, Kaye!

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    1. Cheryl,
      One of the things I like about them is the crispy, crunchy edges.

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  3. Easier and faster but similar to the German Pfankuchen (Apple pancake) I make. I love breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Dennis,
      I'll look into Pfankuchen. I've never had it.

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  4. Breakfast foods are some of my favorite foods (and there's nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner--that's a hill I'll die on!). I haven't had great success with Dutch babies, but I'll try this recipe and see if I do better. Thanks, Kaye!

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    1. JEff,
      I agree. Breakfast for dinner is never a bad choice. ;-) Actually, I'm about 50-50 on success with Dutch Babies. As you can see in the photos, one puffed and the other stayed flat. They are a bit temperamental.

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  5. You can never go wrong with breakfast food! Thanks for sharing a nice, easy recipe anybody can try!

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  6. Excellent article, thanks Kaye. And following on from Doris's comment, I live in the county of Yorkshire in England. Yorkshire pudding is a traditional part of a roast (beef) dinner, usually on Sundays.

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    1. Keith, Traditional, cultural foods fascinate me. Thanks for stopping in.

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  7. Thanks, Kaye. I always wondered how those pancakes were made. A restaurant named Dinahs in LA serves them as German Apple Pancakes. Now I can serve them at home.

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