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Dutch Baby Pancake

A Dutch Baby Pancake is a light and fluffy baked pancake. It has a “custard-like” texture and comes together in less than an hour. You’re sure to love it!  

Our Dutch baby pancake has been on the blog for awhile now. In fact, it’s been out there since April of 2016.

While I don’t feel the post needs that much updating, it sure needed new photos. Kim and I decided to add some process shots and reduce the amount of ingredients going into the pancake recipe.

Because for better pictures, she needed to use a smaller skillet. Other than those changes, I intend to leave the post, “as-is.”

If you didn’t know what a Dutch baby pancake was, then I hope my description helped answer a few of your questions. Oh, I also included some tips below, in addition to the other slight changes.

Now, let’s get cooking!

A golden brown Dutch baby pancake in a cast iron skillet.

Dutch Baby Pancake Instructions:

Begin by, preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, place butter in a large baking dish or ten (10) inch cast iron pan.

After that, put the dish in the oven just long enough for the butter to melt. Once the butter melts, remove the dish from the oven.

The flour, eggs, and milk in a large glass mixing bowl.

Using a mixer or mixing bowl and whisk, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, flour, and sugar. Blend everything into a smooth, creamy pancake batter.

Afterward, carefully pour the batter into the pan, over the melted butter, and return the pan to the oven.

Melted butter, along with the other ingredients, in a warm skillet.

At this point, it’s time to bake the Dutch Baby for 20-30 minutes. As you will notice, the edges will puff up first and be taller and darker than the middle.

The center of the pancake will puff up toward the end of the 30 minutes and deflate after it cools a bit. When the center is set, remove the pan from the oven.

The finished pancake, light and fluffy, fresh from the oven.

You can top the Dutch Baby pancake with a touch of fresh lemon juice, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, maple syrup, or any topping you desire. Cut it into four equal portion sizes and serve immediately.

Two slices of pancake, on white plates, served with fresh blueberries.
  • Can you make a Dutch baby pancake without a cast iron skillet? Absolutely, people have been making this dish for a long time, using all kinds of baking dishes. Cake pans, casserole dishes, and other oven-safe pans are acceptable substitutions for a cast iron skillet. Just be sure to follow the instructions and grab a dish that is of a similar size.
  • Just because we use sweet toppings doesn’t mean you can’t have a savory Dutch baby pancake. Trying using crumbled bacon (cooked) and shredded cheese as topping.
  • Have an egg allergy? Considering making flax seed, “eggs,” to replace the real ones in the recipe. Mix one (1) tablespoon of ground flax seed with three (3) tablespoons of water, per egg.
  • Let the mixture sit for ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes to firm up before using it as an egg replacement.

This Dutch Baby Pancake is perfect for a light weekend breakfast or a brunch with friends. Serve it with some Home Fries, Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, and a Pink Lady cocktail for a nice presentation that everyone will love!

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Two slices of pancake, on white plates, served with fresh blueberries.

Dutch Baby Pancake

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place the butter into a ten (10) inch cast iron skillet.
  • Place dish in oven and allow butter to melt but not brown.
  • While butter is melting, place milk, eggs, vanilla, flour, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or blender. Combine until smooth.
  • After butter has melted, remove the dish from the oven and carefully pour the batter into the dish over the butter.
  • Place the dish back in the oven for 20-30 minutes and cook until the center of the pancake is set.
  • Remove from oven and spritz with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, add any additional toppings, and serve immediately.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one-fourth (1/4th) the total pancake, (when cut into four (4) equal sized portions). Furthermore the calorie count does not include any garnishments seen the photos. Actual calories will vary. The pancake can be stored in your fridge, in a sealed container, for up to three (3) days.  


Serving: 1Slice (see notes) | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 117mg | Sugar: 9g
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Tuesday 14th of March 2017

This is so easy and yummy! And so versatile, you can make countless variations of it. Our first alternative would be using freshly ground Chios Mastic instead of vanilla, omitting the lemon. LOVED your beautiful post Kimberly(or is it Berly? which one do you prefer?) :) Sending you lots of greetings from sunny Athens, Mirella and Panos


Tuesday 14th of March 2017

Hi, Mirella and Panos! Hope all is well in Athens. :) Thank you so much for commenting, and Kim is fine. Just curious, what is Chios Mastic? I've never heard of it? Have a great week!