Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dutch Baby Skillet Pancake


Some mornings I want a cup of coffee, some quiet time and my ankle not to hurt (long story)  Some mornings I want a crunchy piece of toast made from my home made bread with a runny poached egg (or two) dribbling down the crispy, buttered, sides.

Some mornings I want something sweet, eggy, crunchy, soft, lofty and dense all at the same time.  Enter the Dutch baby.  To me it's just a giant Yorkshire pudding but it's got sugar and vanilla in it so it's sort of different while being sort of the same.

Preheat oven to 400.  Put a measuring cup and an 8' frying pan on the counter.

In a measuring jug:

1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup plus a quick splash of milk
some vanilla
a couple teaspoons of sugar
pinch of salt
*a tsp or 2 of orange juice or a bit of orange zest if you have it*

Mix all the ingredients with a fork until smooth, thin with a little milk if you need to.  Should be the consistency of single cream.

Butter the frying pan.  Place frying pan in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes.

Pull shelf of oven out and pour contents of jug into hot hot hot frying pan quickly, close oven door.
Bake for about 25 minutes.  DO.NOT.OPEN.THE.DOOR.

Remove from oven and slice into wedges as it deflates.

Add chocolate chips and chocolate sauce to your son's piece.  Oh then some powdered sugar.

I like a drizzle Lyle's Golden Syrup.  Oh and then some powdered sugar, for the prettiness.

Alternate toppings, oh wait, there's about a zillion.  I like sugar and lemon, Orange zest rubbed into sugar and sprinkled over the pancake. Maple syrup. Fruit both fresh and grilled.  Anything you like.
/Eat.  Enjoy.

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