Dutch Pancakes

A friend of mine recently shared this recipe with me and I have to say, it’s by far one of the most simple yet versatile recipes I’ve come across in a long time.

Every trial recipe is not without challenge or failure though. You just come to accept this if you cook or bake a lot as some of us do. She made this for me one night, with ease I might add. I was impressed.  I went home and the next night decided to make it for my husband. The fear and comedy begin here. She comes over and lays the recipe in front of me .. Easy enough I think.. Basically 4 ingredients.  I’ve made crepes before and this seemed a little less daunting.  Off I go, oven on to 500, ingredients mixed… Pie plate ready to go into the oven.  Well, there was my mistake… I failed to pay attention to the part where the pie plate needed to go in to the oven empty while the oven was cool so that it could be brought up to temperature slowly.  BIG mistake.. BIG.  I slid the plate in to my blazing inferno and closed the door to let it warm a little before adding the butter… Are you seeing where this is going? Loud pops and cracks… HOLY. CRAP.  I open the oven.. Hmmm doesn’t look like anything bad happened.  Adding the 2tbsp of butter… Which begin to now spatter a little.. Fine. Oven closed, more loud popping… What the heck??? I open the oven and try to pull the plate out, but turn it on accident which causes butter to spatter on my arm and me to let loose of the plate.  It flips over.  Butter everywhere. Smoking on the coil.. What a disaster.  She’s standing there looking at me like… You sure you’ve actually used an oven before??  I’m almost in tears from laughing and from the fear that my house would burn down or my pie plate would explode leaving me with ceramic shrapnel looking like Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump.

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I’m sure she is convinced I am crazy now. She sent this the next day.

Point being, follow directions.

The end result was still amazing… once we got past all of my circus acts.

These Dutch Pancakes are the size of a pie plate (about 8-9″) and when the batter bakes it creates almost a little bowl. They aren’t sweet, so your possibilities are endless.  I like mine with butter and sugar, but you could go with berries, applesauce, veggies with eggs and cheese, lemon juice and powdered sugar and so on.  Really, anything you can dream up… it would work.

AND, they take maybe 15 minutes to throw together start to finish.

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Dutch Pancakes

1/2 Cup All Purpose flour

1/2 Cup Milk

2 large eggs

2 tbsp. butter (room temperature)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees, WITH standard sized pie plate ungreased inside.

While heating, whisk together egg, milk and flour.

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Once oven reaches 500, add 2 tbsp. of butter to pie plate. Allow to melt.

Open oven, and carefully pour batter into the pie plate.

Bake for 9 minutes.

Pancake will deflate a little as it cools, but sides will still stand like a wall of sorts.

Add whatever topping makes you happy!

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