dutch baby pancake

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By any other name – it’s a pancake –  or Poffertje  or a Bismarck, or a German pancake or a Dutch puff. And why a Dutch baby and not a Canadian, Armenian or Italian baby? Well, that’s what happens when native Germans move to Pennsylvania, take the German word for german (deutsch) and spell it like a Yankee – which would be dutch! Thought I’d clear that up cause I know somebody was wondering – not really a fascinating tale but a tale nonetheless!

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So, do like those German immigrants and let the oven do all the work. The batter is whipped up in the blender, the pan is heated up in a hot oven – 30 minutes later – oh baby! When you figure the time it takes to make traditional pancakes – this is a pancake in one fell swoop resulting in one dramatic looking pancake. So bypass the drop and flip method and pour all the batter in a screamin’ hot pan and use the time you’d have been dropping and flipping to setting out jams, jellies, lemon wedges and icing sugar! I promise this big baby will be making a regular appearance on your table, anytime of day – and speaking of big babies and regular appearances, kinda like Justin Bieber and law enforcement everywhere! And in case you’re wondering about the Bieber reference – I live with teenage girls – 3 of them! This too shall pass!

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1. Get the butter in a skillet and put it in your preheated oven.

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2. Get the ingredients for the batter together. And in case you want the basic formula – 1 egg, 1/4 cup each of milk and flour and just multiply from there.

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3. Get it all in  the blender and whiz it up.

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4. Take the hot pan out of the oven with the melted butter.

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5. Pour the melted butter into the batter and give it a quick stir.

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6. The pan will be hot and buttered ready for the batter – I feel a Betty bought a bit of butter comin’ on …

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7. Pour the batter in and return it to the oven for a 1/2 hour or so.

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8. Until it’s lovely and puffed and golden. Give it a dusting of icing sugar before diving in.

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9. Slice it into wedges.

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10. Spread a slice with jam and more icing sugar.

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11. This is why it will disappear faster than the speed of light!

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12. Going …

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13. Going …

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14. Gone!

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15. And that’s why I made another one – a squeeze of lemon with the icing sugar is just as delicious as jam!

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16. Going …

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17. Going … you know where this is headed, so I’ll spare you the gory details.

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