You’re going to love this dish because the final result is so much fun! The nice thing about the dutch baby, or in this case, this apple dutch baby, is that when it cooks, it expands up the sides. It’s impressive to watch and delicious to eat. I love apples, but of course, I’ll tell you all the options you can consider.
This recipe here is sweet but you can make it savoury as well! In this case, I made it sweet with apples, but to make it savoury you can just remove the sugar and cinnamon and you’re done! On top, you can add chives, eggs, spinach, bacon, etc! Let me know in the comments if you would like me to make a savoury version of this dish. On the other hand, the cinnamon in this recipe is optional. If you’re not a fan, just omit it and it will be fine.
As for the sweet options for this, there are plenty. You can add the fruit into the batter like I did or, on the other hand, you could also cook it on the side with butter, sugar, cinnamon and thicken it with cornstarch. If you serve the fruit on the side, the dutch baby will grow much nicer and even :). Your choice of fruits are endless but as an idea, you could use plums, peaches, berries, pears, etc! The sky’s the limit. On the other hand, it can also be without any fruit at all and don’t forget to lay on that icing sugar.
Lorena, and on what occasions do you eat this wonderful dish? Good question! In general, you would have it for breakfast or brunch, but it can be eaten as a dessert as well. For breakfast, I would skip the ice cream, BUT it’s a must if you’re serving it as dessert. The ice cream I used here is cinnamon ice cream and the recipe will be up in my upcoming recipe ebook that will be called “my sweetest side” because it will be sweet recipes only <3. Of course, you can also eat it with other ice cream flavours.
This apple dutch baby or german pancake can be made in an oven-safe pan or in a not unmouldable pie mould such as the classic glass one. The important thing is that whatever you choose is oven safe to prevent it from breaking.
For the batter
- 3 eggs
- 90 g all-purpose flour
- 150 ml milk any kind
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the cooking
- 1 small apple, peeled and slice without seeds
- 20 g unsalted butter
- plenty icing sugar
- ice cream optional
For the batter
- Preheat an oven-proof pan or a round pie mould (not unmouldable) along with your oven to 210°C / 410°F. Once the oven reaches the temperature they're both ready to use.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend them together.
For the cooking
- Remove the pan or mould from the oven and place the butter inside. Use a pastry brush to spread it or rotate it to cover the base and sides.
- Pour the batter on the centre.
- Spread out the apple slices on the batter and return to the oven for 15-20min. You should see the sides expand up the sides and the dutch baby should be golden.
- You can unmould it or serve it directly in the pan or mould with plenty icing sugar and ice cream (the ice cream is optional).