Dutch Baby

September 26: National Pancake Day

Highlander’s family loves Yorkshire pudding. They regularly ate the eggy side dish with roast beef, gravy and potatoes for their Sunday suppers. Now whenever we have a family reunion with them, this meal makes the gathering nostalgic and special.

Very similar to the English Yorkie puddings and popovers is a Dutch Baby. It is actually a German (as in Deutsch/sounds like Dutch) pancake. It is easy to make and fun to see how it puffs up when it is baked. Personalize this pancake with various fruits (berries, bananas, cooked apples in cinnamon, etc.) for a delightfully different breakfast. Sweeten with powdered sugar or maple syrup.

Try a puffy pancake—a Dutch Baby—for National Pancake Day.

Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • berries (optional)

Directions

Use part of the butter to generously grease the sides a 10-inch round pan. Put the rest of the butter in the middle of the pan and place it in an preheated oven at 400 degrees. After five minutes, check to see if the butter is completely melted, being careful not to burn or brown it. While the butter is melting in the oven, mix together the flour and milk in a bowl. Beat in the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Blend until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the pan over the hot melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes until the Dutch Baby is puffed up. Remove from the oven. The Dutch Baby will deflate a bit. Blot out extra butter on top with paper towels. Slice into quarters and put on plates. Sprinkle powdered sugar over it. Garnish with berries.

Notes

  • National Pancake Day is observed in the United States on September 26. International Pancake Day is celebrated in various English-speaking Christian countries around the world on Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, as part of Mardi Gras festivals, carnivals and pre-Lent celebrations, and is a movable feast day.
  • Thanks to blog reader, Robert R., who suggested trying a Dutch Baby recipe.
  • Try our blueberry and cherry popover recipes.
  • Search our blog for more posts on pancakes.

 

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes

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August 27: National Banana Lovers Day

Pancakes are among our favorite breakfast/brunch foods to have on Saturday mornings when we have more time to relax instead of rush out the door to beat the traffic to work. We have cooked traditional buttermilk pancakes and sometimes others made with blueberries and poi before. But we love the ones made with mashed bananas the best because the pancakes are so moist and naturally sweet (we omit the sugar in the recipe). Banana pancakes are perfect for breakfast, brunch and especially National Banana Lovers Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Food.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, ripe and mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, granulated white (we omitted this)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups buttermilk (see Notes)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • oil for frying

Directions

Peel and mash the bananas. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar (if using) and baking soda. Add the walnuts (if using). Beat in the eggs.

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Pour in the buttermilk and melted butter. Add the mashed bananas. Mix well until moistened. Grease a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, pour some of the pancake batter. Wait until it slowly bubbles and browns on the bottom before flipping it over to finish cooking. Transfer to a plate, keep warm and finish cooking the rest of the pancakes. Serve in a stack with a pat of butter, syrup and slices of fresh banana, if desired.

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Notes

  • Buttermilk can be made at home! Instead of the packaged product, simply mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice to 1 cup milk and let it stand for 5-10 minutes. Mix well before using in the recipe.
  • Banana pancakes also may be enjoyed on September 26, which is National Pancake Day in the United States, and on Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday, a movable feast day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
  • We prepare these pancakes ahead of time and refrigerate them when we expect to have overnight guests. Banana pancakes are still moist and flavorful to heat up for breakfast the next morning, which is a time-saver!
  • Love bananas like we do? Look for other banana recipes by searching our blog.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day

Pancakes are a basic breakfast and brunch fare. Adding fresh blueberries and buttermilk in the batter make them go from boring to better! These fluffy flapjacks are filling enough even for our dinnertime when we eat a stack of them with sausage or bacon and eggs. Prepare pancakes with blueberries and buttermilk for an easy and hearty meal—they are “berry good” any time of the day and especially on its own food holiday, National Blueberry Pancake Day.

Recipes

(Adapted from Simply Recipes)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teasppon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
  • oil or butter for cooking

Directions

In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and sugar. In a larger mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and buttermilk. Stir in the melted butter and mix until the batter is smooth.

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Gently fold in the blueberries. Heat on medium (not high) a flat pan (skillet or griddle) with a little oil or butter. Pour the batter onto the pan to about 5-inches in diameter. After some bubbles appear on the surface, flip it over and cook for a few more minutes, being careful not to burn the pancakes (they should be golden brown and not any darker). Repeat until the batter is used up, adding a little more oil or butter in the pan, if needed. Serve stacked on a plate with syrup and extra blueberries.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Notes

  • We halved the the recipe for the two of us. It was enough to make about seven 5-inch sized pancakes.
  • Some cooks like to ladle the pancake batter without the blueberries in the pan.  Once poured onto the pan, arrange some blueberries on top. Flip the pancake over and finish cooking.
  • Search our blog for more recipes containing blueberries.