This mixed berry Dutch baby is made for weekend breakfast or brunch! Beautifully golden, puffy pancake topped with warm berries and drizzle of honey.
Happy new year folks!
Gosh, it's been soooo long since I've posted here, but I have the best festive break ever and been enjoying spending time with family and friends. Hope you did too?
As it's January, I feel like I should be posting a super-healthy salad or some sort of a green juice, but decided against it. Why? Because January is hard enough as it is. We don't need to be punishing ourselves with new diet and exercise regimes, detoxes or hundreds of new year resolutions. Instead, I suggest to take it slowly, eat comfort food (it is winter after all!), and concentrate on small, achievable goals throughout the rest of the year. Speaking of comfort food...
What is Dutch baby?
So what is a Dutch baby? If you live in the UK, the easiest way to explain it- it's almost like a big Yorkshire pudding. It also goes by names of German pancake or Dutch puff. Dutch baby was invented in Seattle, Washington, and the Dutch in the name comes from Dutch as in Pennsylvania Dutch, meaning it refers to German immigrants in the 17th and 18th century.
Why not call it a pancake then?
Unlike the traditional pancakes, Dutch baby does not include any raising agents in its ingredients. It is also baked in the oven instead of being fried in the pan. They are thicker and bigger than traditional pancakes. In order to make a perfect Dutch puff, you will need cast iron skillet/pan. I'm using two small pans, 20cm in diameter, but you can use one big pan as well. You can also use oven-proof dish or a heavy bottom pan, as long as it doesn't have any plastic elements, as they may melt in the oven!
How to make Dutch baby?
Start with pre-heating your oven to 220C or 200C for fan assisted ovens. The pan should go straight into the oven, as it needs to be very hot when you pour the batter into it. If the pan is not hot enough, it may result in your baby not raising up.
Firstly, beat the eggs and sugar together using an electric mixer. You can also mix it by hand, from start to finish, it's just quicker and easier to do it with mixer. Mix it until you have pale, frothy texture, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix some more, until you have smooth batter. It should have consistency similar to pancake batter, but just a little bit thinner.
Using oven gloves (the pans will be very hot!) quickly remove the pan from the oven. Add teaspoon of butter or vegetable oil to the pan, allow it to melt (if using butter), then quickly pour the batter and place the pan back in the oven for about 18-20 minutes. While your Dutch baby is in the oven, prepare the mixed berries.
These babies are super easy to customise!
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to your liking very easily. You can swap berries for any fruit (apples or peaches work really well), as well as change cinnamon for your favourite spices. Or why not try to create a savoury version? Simply skip the sugar from the recipe. Top the savoury Dutch baby with mushrooms and herbs, or some spinach and garlic or some egg and cheese... possibilities are endless!
Want to try something a little different? Why not give these Poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes) a go?
As always, let me know in the comments if you tried this, or any other of my recipes, I would love to hear from you!
Have a great week,
Mixed Berry Dutch Baby
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 150 ml milk of choice
- 100 g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
- 1 small pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon butter or vegetable oil
- 2-4 tablespoon mixed berries frozen or fresh
- 1-2 teaspoon icing sugar optional
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Start with pre-heating the oven to 200C (fan). Place the pans straight into the oven.
- In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer (you can also do it by hand), beat together eggs and sugar until pale and foamy (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add milk of choice, flour, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and beat together until you have smooth batter (consistency should be slightly thinner than a pancake batter).
- Quickly remove your pans from the oven, add a teaspoon of butter or vegetable oil into each pan and swirl it around, allowing it to melt/ cover the surface. Divide the batter between two pans and quickly place back in the oven. Bake for about 18 minutes or until they are golden and puffed up.
- To make mixed berry topping, place the berries in a small saucepan over a medium heat for 2-4 minutes until hot and bubbly. You may want to add a splash of water to the saucepan to avoid berries getting burned.
- Remove the pancakes from the oven (remember to wear oven gloves!), top with mixed berries, icing sugar and drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Enjoy!
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend that you use digital scales for a more accurate results. I have provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe but please note that I haven’t tested using this method.
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Jennifer T Tammy
My family loves DUTCH BABIES! They are the best pancakes - I can barely finish one.
Couldn't agree more Jennifer, they are the best pancakes! And I never have a problem finishing mine 😉
Simply love this dutch baby. Oh my goodness, your photos are amazing! Bonus points for yummy ideas for savory version. For morning breakfast, this dutch baby would be perfect!
Aww thanks so much Jo! So happy to read that you like the recipe and the photos! Hope you will try the recipe soon! x
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
Wow I need to try dutch babies asap! This looks amazing!! Pinning to make it for weekend brunch.
Thanks Sam! Let me know if you try it, I would love to know what you think!
I can't wait to make this breakfast soon. It looks so simple but so, so delicious.
I really hope you will try it Sharon, it's such a delicious treat!
This baby sounds delicious and looks gorgeous! I love the egg action shot, you caught it just at the right time. Thanks for sharing, Anna! 🙂
hey Nicole! ahh that shot! Took me few attempts, and stil it's not quite where I wanted it to be, but practice makes perfect 😉 Glad you like it, and thank you x
This looks so delicious Anna, wish I could have this for breakfast tomorrow! ?
Thanks so much Bianca! I really hope you will try it some time soon, I know how much you love berries, so this one will be right up your street!
We love a good Dutch baby, my daughter would have me make them every weekend if she could get away with it! Your photos are gorgeous! Love your ideas for savoury versions too x
Hehe, sounds like your daughter has a very good taste Michelle 😉 Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I'm glad you've enjoyed this post!
I am in love with these photos! Excuse me while I lick the screen! I just made my first dutch baby this past holiday season, can't want to try this one with mixed berries!
Hey Lauren, thanks so much for your kind comment! I hi=ope you will try this version with berries too!
What a stunning presentation! Makes me want to jump right through the screen and take a seat at your table! That Dutch baby has the perfect fluffy texture! Topped with berries -YUM
Thanks so much Kiki! Glad you like the presentation and the recipe, and I hope you will try it some time soon!
We were watching America's Worst Cooks recently and they were making dutch baby pancakes. My husband had never heard of them! Plus he got all indignant about what pancakes were supposed to be. LOL! Need to make this for him so he can see that there's more than one type of pancake worth eating!
Hehe, I hope he will change his mind after trying one of these babies!
Dominique | Perchance to Cook
I love dutch baby pancakes, and these look so beautiful! They would be the perfect weekend breakfast... I'm saving this recipe!
Glad to hear that Dominique! It's an ideal weekend treat, I've been having them for three weekends in a row now! So yum!
Your photos are visually stunning! And this Dutch Baby is almost too beautiful to eat! I haven't had one in ages but it's such a treat!
Hey Tammy, thanks so much for your kind words on my photos! Made my day! And I hope you will treat yourself to one of these babies soon!
I've never had a Dutch baby but it looks so pretty and really delicious too! I think the berries must go so well with it.
oh Corina, if you've never had one, I urge you to try this recipe! You will be hooked from the first bite!
Your pictures are beautiful! I've never made a dutch baby but they look amazing! Can't wait to make my first and share with all of my friends.
Hello Kelly! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words! If you've never made one, you are up for a treat! Super easy, but I'm sure you and your friends will be impressed with the results!
This was my first time making this recipe and it was a hit! thank you 🙂
Noelle, that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you so much for trying the recipe, and for your lovely comment!
Lisa | Garlic & Zest
I've never tried a dutch baby before, but I just love that golden puff that comes from baking them. I need to try your recipe -- the mixed berry topping sounds perfect.
Oh you must try it Lisa! It's so good, and it never fails to impress! Glad you like the recipe, and let me know if you try it!
Dutch babies are my favorite! They're so impressive, but really so very easy to make.
Hey Tara! Thanks so much for stopping by! Totally agree, it's a simple recipe, but when prepared correctly it never fails to amaze! Glad you like it xx
A friend of mine has been making lots of Dutch Babies on Instagram and I've been SO curious to make my own! This recipe is perfect. Thank you!
That's great to hear Liz, Thank you! I hope you will get to try them some time soon, these babies are worth it!
Love all the suggestions you made for customizing it and switching it up. They all sound amazing!
Thanks so much Demeter! So happy to hear that you like the suggestions! I've been eating this baby on the repeat lately! 😉
I love dutch baby. I never had it growing up and when I had it for the first time10 years ago, I absolutely loved it. These look so pretty and delicious. Best weekend brunch 🙂
Hey Esha! Same here- I've only tried my first proper Dutch baby about 5 years ago (why it took me so long to post this recipe?!?) and it was a love from first bite! Wish we could have it for brunch together! big hug my friend, thank you so much for stopping by! x