Apple Dutch Babies

That’s right, here at Black Holes for Breakfast we like to feast on the blood of Christian babes. OK, fine, I actually have no idea why they’re called Dutch Babies, nor does anyone I’ve talked to, Dutchman or not. They make for a delicious and remarkably simple Sunday breakfast–and the simple part is why this is a guest post from your favorite guest-poster, Peter.

This recipe starts off delicious with apples cooked in butter and honey, and just gets better. The only problem I have is waiting for it to cool. Without further ado, therefore, I present you with the recipe, as adapted from The Commonsense Kitchen:

Apple Dutch Babies
Apples:
3-4 tablespoons butter
3 large tart apples, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)

Batter:
3 large eggs
3/4 cups milk
3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet. When hot and bubbling, add apples, then spices and honey. Stir intermittently for 10 or so minutes, until the apples are soft but still holding their shape. Meanwhile, prepare the batter by whisking the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. When ready, pour the batter into the skillet and immediately put the skillet into the oven. After 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 8 or 9 minutes more, until (you guessed it) golden brown. Enjoy!

Notes:

Four tablespoons of butter is probably a bit excessive (but wonderful), so I usually put in whatever chunk of butter is convenient. When I don’t have cinnamon I put in cloves and nutmeg, and sometimes I just put in all three when I feel like it. If the pancake puffs up in the first 10 or 15 minutes of baking you should deflate it by poking it with a fork, but as I usually use heavier whole wheat flour this isn’t an issue. The recipe says to wait for it to cool to room temperature so that the flavor of the apples becomes stronger, but we’ve never been that patient. Finally, in the original cookbook this is actually a variation on the plain Dutch Baby, which omits the apples, and then instructs you to serve hot with jam, syrup, or powdered sugar. That is delicious as well, but if you have apples, why not use them?

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