dutch apple thumb Dutch Baby Pancake with Fried Apples

Eons ago I had mentioned on this blog that I loved breakfast food. I can have breakfast any time of the day. As a matter of fact, I do. My bedtime snack is a bowl of cereal. Minus the milk.

Sundays are my favorite days for breakfast because everyone is home, I can get up early, make something extraordinary for our first meal of the day, and everyone will enjoy it. Full tummy equals happy faces. Trust me. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a Mother and a wife it’s that a fed baby – and husband – makes a quiet, joyous home.

Last Sunday I was going through ideas; eggs, of course, pancakes, bacon, crepes… Then I remembered that I had not made a Dutch Baby in over a year! Not sure why. It can be put together in a few minutes, it’s delicious, and will feed 3 to 4 people.

For those that are not familiar with Dutch Baby, it is a pancake that is baked in a buttered skillet, and the edges, as well as the middle of the pancake rise high, creating a delicious, puffy crust. But, it will deflate. Look at the photos. By the time I got to it, it was flat. icon smile Dutch Baby Pancake with Fried Apples

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As I was preparing the batter for the pancake, I looked at the few Granny Smiths on the counter and, well, pies, pies, pies, was all I could think about. No, I told myself. Not yet. These Granny’s are going into the skillet with some butter and sugar. I need me some fried apples! I haven’t had any in a long time (days, really). So happy I went with that decision. The fried apples were exactly what this pancake needed. Traditionally, Dutch Baby is only served with powdered sugar, but tradition shmadition. Bring on the fried fruit. icon wink Dutch Baby Pancake with Fried Apples

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Dutch Baby Pancake with Fried Apples
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Serves: Serves 4
For the Pancake:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Canola Oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
For the Fried Apples
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, diced
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil and milk, and mix on low until combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, and continue to mix on low until well incorporated.
  5. Butter a 10-inch cast iron skillet, and slide it in the oven for 5 minutes, or until hot.
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven, pour in the batter, and put it back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 350 and continue to bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. In the meantime, prepare the Fried Apples.
  9. In a medium-sized bowl combine the diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  10. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  11. Add the apple mixture and cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently.
  12. Spoon the fried apples over the entire pancake and dust with powdered sugar.
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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM - Reply

    This looks so good – Love the ease of a Dutch baby and those apples, mmmm, I bet they’re perfect. Pinned!

  2. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful pictures!

    • Kate@Diethood October 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      That, coming from you, is the best-estestestest compliment,ever! THANK YOU! Means a lot to me! :)

  3. Liz October 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM - Reply

    Oh, man…starting the day with these would be heavenly!! My mom used to make Dutch babies for us when we were teens…but it’s those sauteed apples that push these over the top…mmmmmmm.

  4. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    I think I’d enjoy more breakfasts if I was served food like this. I love your addition of fried apples–apples make everything better. Love your pictures, Kate. :)

  5. Kristy October 17, 2012 at 9:39 AM - Reply

    I’ve never made a Dutch baby pancake before. I don’t even know that I’ve ever eaten one. It looks fantastic! I just love anything made in a cast iron skillet really. They just look so rustic and homey. My family would love this and definitely with the fried fruit! :)

  6. baker street October 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM - Reply

    confession time – i’ve never made dutch baby pancakes but that is changing this weekend. i love the idea of fried apples as a topping.

  7. mjskit October 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    A perfect Sunday brunch! Your pictures and recipe speaks fall all of the way!

  8. foodwanderings October 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM - Reply

    I was just telling someone how I always love the idea of this Dutch baby and never made it before. It’s about time! It looks super delicious so thanks for posting it’s a sign it’s about time! :)

  9. torviewtoronto October 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM - Reply

    looks wonderful lovely presentation

  10. I love the Dutch baby pancakes, but usually put my apples in with the batter, not fried on top. I like the way you think!

  11. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM - Reply

    Beautiful looking pancake and gorgeous photos!

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM - Reply

    I love the idea of one big pancake! The fried apples make a perfect topping!

  13. PolaM October 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    I bet this is delicious! And perfect to use all the apples I picked last WE!

  14. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic October 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    I love breakfast too. I’ve heard of dutch baby before but haven’t tried it yet. Your pancake looks delicious!

  15. Steph@stephsbitebybite October 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM - Reply

    This is heaven in a skillet!!!

  16. Tara October 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM - Reply

    I needed one more for my Mouth Watering Mondays and there you were with this gorgeous pancake. Similar to one I do but it is from Finland and rises and then crashes in the middle. My post will be up soon at http://www.noshingwiththenolands.com Cheers, Tara

  17. Jen @ Savory Simple October 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    These are gorgeous!

  18. Ramona October 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    Fried apples… now how can that be any better? Looks amazing. Your photography is always so beautiful… do you use any particular software to edit with?

    • Kate@Diethood October 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM - Reply

      Hi Ramona!!
      I’ve just started to use Photoshop CS5, but before that I used the free software at photoshop.com. :)
      Thank you so much for the compliment! xo ♥

  19. Trish October 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM - Reply

    Looks lovely. I love making breakfast too. Especially when I can sneak into the kitchen before anyone else is awake and cook all by myself. By the time they get up, I have somethime yummy ready and I can sit down and let them clean up. Thats a perfect Sunday morning for me!

  20. Chris October 15, 2012 at 7:07 AM - Reply

    This looks lovely. I’ve never hears about Dutch baby pancakes before. Maybe that would be something to try.

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