Looking for an easy holiday meal?
A Dutch Baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, is a puffy, family-sized hybrid pancake.
It is similar to a popover because the thin batter puffs in the oven and seems to “pop over” the sides. Usually. Sometimes there is less puff, but looks aren’t everything.
Rather than pouring batter on the griddle and flipping each pancake, this batter is baked in a hot, sizzling skillet, leaving you some time to pour a cup of coffee and set the table. You’ll want to be ready to eat because just as quickly as it rises in the oven, it deflates when you take it out of the oven. Blend the ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds to make sure the flour gets hydrated. Then let the batter rest while the mushrooms are cooking and before pouring it in the hot pan. If you don’t have a blender, a food processor will work and so will a bowl and whisk. You just need to make sure to mix it well with no lumps.
Dutch Baby’s are usually made on the sweet side, drizzled with maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or spread with jam. In this season of sweet things, I’m going savory with mushrooms and cheese. I love the flavor from the mushrooms, plus they add some heartiness. Tangy goat cheese also adds some creaminess. I keep a crumbled log of goat cheese in the freezer so I can whittle off chunks when I want a flavor boost.
At the store, look for mushrooms that are smooth and firm with tightly closed caps. If the gills under the cap are showing, the mushroom is old. Fresh mushrooms should be stored in the refrigerator, preferably with air circulating around them. If you can, lay them out on a tray in a single layer and cover with a damp paper towel, for ideal storage. Mushrooms absorb water, so rather than rinsing them, the best way to clean them is to rub them with a damp paper towel. Slice the mushrooms in similar sizes so that they cook evenly. Fresh mushrooms don’t freeze well, but if you cook more mushrooms than you need, pack them in a freezer container to use later.
Consider this easy recipe for your holiday menus. Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. Wishing you Merry Christmas and happy holidays!