My kids are huge pancake fans. Like my kids, I loved pancakes when I was younger. I can remember my dad making them every weekend. I guess you can say I continued that tradition with my own kids. They ask every weekend if we can make them. My kids would tell you they love their pancakes with chocolate chips in them. Bananas seem to sneak in there with the chocolate chips which they have grown to really enjoy.
Now that my taste buds have grown up, I am always looking for new recipes to create. I also enjoy introducing my kids to new foods and recipes. They sure are having fun tasting them and giving me feedback. My daughter even came into the kitchen this morning and asked if she could help me. So, my daughter and I made a Dutch Baby together. Not just any Dutch Baby. We made them in my large muffin tin for individual servings. We also cooked bacon and eggs in the center of each Dutch Baby. Because, who doesn’t love Bacon & Eggs with a pancake?
The Dutch Baby is slightly sweet and when baked it creates a light, puffy crust with a tender, custard-like center. As it bakes it starts to drop in the center. The opening in the center creates the perfect spot to add our bacon & eggs. If you don’t care for bacon & eggs, there are many more options to fill your Dutch Baby with. You could add fruits, whipped cream, crème fraîche or even yogurt.
Making the Dutch Baby in the muffin tin is also perfect if you are looking for a recipe to serve at your next brunch. Place them onto a platter and sprinkle Confectioner’s sugar over top. You can serve with a side of maple syrup. Get creative by placing the syrup into a pretty ceramic creamer. Your guests can help themselves and pour the syrup over their Dutch Baby.
The Dutch Baby is simple to make, they are scrumptious and impressive for any guests.
Dutch Baby w/Bacon & Eggs
Makes approx. 6 Servings
1 Cup, All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup, Milk
3 Large, Eggs
1 Teaspoon, Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons, Sugar
1 Teaspoon, Maple Syrup
1/2 Stick. Butter, melted
6 Slices, Bacon
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Place a muffin tin in the oven while it is preheating to warm it up. Use a large muffin tin with 6 openings. If you need to serve a larger crowd, you can simply double the recipe.
Place the milk, flour, 3 eggs, pinch of salt, vanilla, sugar and maple syrup into a blender. Blend all the ingredients together until combined. Scrape down the sides and blend again. You should have a smooth and thin batter.
Remove the hot muffin tin from the oven. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray. Add the melted butter evenly into each of six openings in the muffin tin. Slowly pour the batter into each of the openings, filling them evenly. You should be able to fill each opening about 1/2 way. Bake in the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes.
While they are in the oven place 6 slices of bacon onto a plate with paper towels (place paper towels under the bacon and also on top). Place the plate in the microwave for approx. 3 minutes. Your bacon will be partially cooked but still be pliable.
Remove the muffin tin out of the oven; the Dutch Baby should be puffed up and they should be sinking in the center. If not, place back in the oven for another minute or so. Then take a piece of bacon and place it into each Dutch Baby creating a ring (a few of mine, I had to gently press the bacon down into the batter). It is ok if the bacon is sticking up slightly; the batter will continue to rise up and around the bacon & egg when you put it back into the oven. Crack an egg into each one and season with S&P (season only the egg). Tip: crack the eggs into small ramekins and season with S&P prior to putting into the Dutch Baby. Place the muffin tin back into the oven and bake for approximately another 10-15 minutes until the egg is set but yolk is still runny. If you don’t like a runny egg just bake a little longer.
Remove from the oven, they should be nice and puffy. Transfer each Dutch Baby to a bowl or plate. If you are serving a large crowd, place them all onto a platter. Sprinkle with some confectioner’s sugar and a side of maple syrup.
Each Dutch Baby came out sort of lopsided in the muffin tins. I was able to easily pull each one out of the muffin tin, transfer them to a plate and have them stand right side up!
If you don’t want the bacon and eggs, you can just cook the Dutch Baby completely and then fill with your favorite fruits, whipped cream, yogurt or even some Crème Fraîche.