Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

So the puffy pancake known as a Dutch baby is a favorite of mine. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that the online version of my application had garnered more than the normal number of negative comments. So back to the blackboard we went and now … I’m pleased to offer a revised, repaired and re-imagined recipe. Thank you for your support and patience.

Dutch Baby Pancake

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 2 1/2 ounces 72 grams all-purpose flour, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (for serving)
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of the butter in a 10-inch cast iron pan and heat the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a blender of food processor. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter, and blend the batter until smooth and frothy, 30 to 45 seconds.
  4. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and immediately pour the batter into the center. Bake for 20 minutes, do not open the oven while baking. The Dutch baby will puff up in the center and the edges will be dark and crispy.
  5. Serve warm with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and lemon wedges for squeezing.

Alton Brown's Dutch Baby Pancake Ingredients

Alton Brown’s Dutch Baby Pancake Ingredients


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  1. 2
    Lady Di

    Julie… there are nonstick pans made for these pancakes. I have one from decades ago and they work great. If you check out some other recipe versions you’ll see they call for a nonstick Dutch pan. However, the cast iron might be required for Altons recipe. Either way, they’re wonderful!

  2. 6

    Made one this morning! As someone suggested below, used an 8” pan and got a thicker, custardy bottom layer. Delicious! And fresh orange wedges from my tree. My only issue is the top of it seemed dry almost like pizza dough? I thought about adding some butter or a little oil on top when I poured it in so it would be more shiny? Anyone try this or have suggestions?

  3. 8

    This was delicious! If anyone thinks otherwise, they didn’t do something correctly. The cast iron skillet is important, as is room temp milk and eggs. My oven is hotter than most, so I cooked it for 15 minutes. This is now my go to recipe for Dutch Baby.

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