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


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

2 tblsp. Butter


*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


  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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

    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.

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

  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.

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

  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.