Apple Dutch Baby
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Loaded with sweet-tart apples, this Dutch baby recipe has become an AK community favorite! The batter comes together in no time, and 15 minutes later it’s done. Many readers have had success using gluten-free flour as well as dairy-free substitutes. See comments below!
This Dutch baby recipe is one of the most fun recipes to prepare as it comes together in just minutes, puffs dramatically in the oven, and feeds four comfortably (so long as you provide some bacon or sausage on the side.)
Having made this many times now, the critical step is to purée the ingredients to ensure the batter is not lumpy, which will ensure the Dutch baby cooks properly and emerges with custardy texture. You can use a food processor, a traditional blender, or an immersion blender.
I also use double the amount of apples suggested in the original recipe to ensure loads of tender apple slices fill every bite. Though the recipe does not call for it, a dash of cinnamon is a wonderful addition to this batter.
If you love this recipe, be sure to try this variation: Lemon-Blueberry Dutch Baby.
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 large sweet apple such as Honey Crisp, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
- 1/2 cup (64 grams) all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Confectioners sugar for dusting
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
- Melt butter in a 9-inch oven-safe skillet over moderate heat, then transfer 2 tablespoons to a blender or food processor. Add apple slices to the skillet and cook, turning over once, until beginning to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. (They don’t need to caramelize, just soften.)
- While the apples are cooking, add milk, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt to butter in blender and blend until smooth. (Do do this step — I didn’t the first time around and the batter was really lumpy.)
- Pour batter over apple and transfer skillet to oven. Bake until pancake is puffed and golden, about 15 minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Skillet
- Cuisine: American
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