A Fat Tuesday favorite at our house!
It’s hard to know what category to put these lovely pancakes in. They are very similar to a large Yorkshire pudding, although the Yorkshire pudding uses beef drippings to grease the pan (making it a savory pud), while the Dutch baby uses melted butter and asks for various sugared toppings. While I’m sticking in this in the breakfast category, we’ve often enjoyed this as a side dish on Fat Tuesday when all bets are off.
1 stick or 1/2 cup (113 g) butter
4 large eggs (228 g)
1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (237 ml) whole milk
1 tsp. (6 g) salt
Preheat oven to 425°F/218°C. Cut butter into chunks and place in a 9×13” baking pan or large (13”) cast iron skillet and put pan or skillet in oven to melt butter. Don’t let it brown.
It’s easiest to make this pancake batter in a blender, or use a hand mixer or egg beater. Whip the eggs until they’re light and frothy. Add the milk and salt and whip thoroughly. Add the flour slowly, whip thoroughly. The batter should resemble very heavy cream and be completely smooth.
When the butter is completely melted in the pan and before it begins to brown, pour in the batter. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pancake puffs up and the tips of the peaks begin to brown.
Serve with any combination of the following:
Powdered sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice
Sour cream or crème fraiche
James or jellies
Real maple syrup
For a nice variation, slice apples or pears and brown them in the butter slightly, then pour the batter on top and bake. The pancake won’t puff up as much, yet the baked fruit is wonderful.
Sunset Magazine, January, 1971