Now time for a treat that can be breakfast OR a dessert. When this Dutch Baby was done cooking, I was immediately taken back home to Michigan, taking a walk into my family’s apple barn. The smells are beyond magical, and will instantly make you hungry. This recipe is kicking off Fall in style, with apples nestled warmly inside a baked treat. It was opening season at my family’s apple barn today, they were kicking off the love of apples in style. With this delicious treat, it felt like a perfect way to celebrate with them!
Now my pictures are just okay, and no fancy props today, just a fun Dutch Baby. You may be wondering why? Well…..seriously, who gets sick the end of Summer? Oh that’s right, this girl! So today, I am sharing a memory, a delicious recipe, and lots of love that went into this fun treat!
This recipe will have you feeling like you are sitting on a patio, enjoying the sunrise on a beautiful bright sunny morning. It shares similarity to a pancake in ingredients, and in appearance.
You may even be transformed back into your six year-old self all over again, begging your mom at the local Fair to buy you a delicious elephant ear with apple topping. Once you top the confectioner sugar on this Dutch Baby, it completes that smell….that doughy elephant ear smell you are dying to have…even now!
AND if you close your eyes and enjoy the aroma coming from your plate you will smell apples on every corner of your palate…..between apple cider doughnuts-apple cider jam-apple cider slushies-apple cider cookies…..NOW I am starving!!!
I love recipes that bring back happy memories! This recipe is simple, and has been on my to-do list for over a year. Some of you may be wondering what is a Dutch Baby? While many of you have enjoyed the wonderful senses a Dutch Baby creates!
A Dutch Baby is also called a German pancake or a Dutch Puff. It is considered a sweet popover that is usually served for breakfast, and is generally cooked in a cast iron or metal pan. They will puff up in the pan, and then lay flat once out of the oven. The Dutch Baby was introduced to America in the late 1900′s and has slowly gained popularity.
In the South we have cool weather, but not until October. So grilling is still on our list of fun on the weekends. Actually, the Winters are pretty mild here in the South, so we really could have fun grilling all year long. Soooooo, to me it made perfect sense to try grilling this fun recipe. To ensure that you have golden brown appearance on the top, I did pop it under the broiler for about 2-5 minutes depending on your oven. Honestly, it will cook through in the propane grill, but just to make the pictures prettier, I decided to use the broiler too!
What makes the Dutch Baby unique from a regular pancake is how it cooks. During the cooking process the batter should start puffing up around the edges of the pan. That is why you see the curled edges on my Dutch Baby. I adapted my version of the delicious treat from All Recipes Dutch Baby recipe AND I added in that wonderful Divine Dessert Spice I share with you in my Tart Cherry Souffle recipe. I used the Divine Dessert spice instead of cinnamon, so you could easily add cinnamon to your recipe.
- 3 eggs
- ⅔ cup half and half
- ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup shredded apples
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp divine dessert or cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp confectioners sugars
- Preheat propane grill to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place 12 inch round cast iron pan in preheated grill to warm through.
- While pan is warming in grill, in medium bowl, whisk eggs together until light in appearance, add half and half, then slowly add flour and whisk batter together completely, next add shredded apples, divine dessert spice, salt, and vanilla.
- Remove the pan, and reduce grill to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in heated cast iron pan. Then pour the batter in the pan. Place pan on indirect heat, close the grill and let bake for 15 minutes, then place on direct heat and bake for another 10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Optional – To get the complete golden brown appearance on the top, you can place the pan under the broiler in the oven for about 2-5 minutes depending on your oven.
- Top with confectioner sugar, honey, syrup, butter, fresh fruit, or even chocolate!
A magical treat that will have you smiling with each and every bite. You may even want to cook another pan as a back-up, because your tummy will want more for sure…just sayin’
Have you had a Dutch Baby before?
Have you made any apple treats yet to kick off the Fall season?