Last week, I was perusing the latest edition of Everyday Food (a terrific little food magazine with great recipes – so far everything I’ve made from its pages have been winners) and came across a recipe for Chocolate Dutch Baby pancake. Some call it an oven pancake, or a dutch pancake, some call it aggekage or pannenkoeken, but whatever the heck you want to call this amazing breakfast food, its delicious! 🙂
My go-to (not chocolate) dutch pancake recipe is memorized and we have it for breakfast about once every ten days. My favorite part is that it is SO fast and easy to whip up and there’s no standing over the stove/griddle to flip pancakes. They also have plenty of protein in them from the eggs and milk. At our house I have to make two pancakes for us – Kyle eats 3/4 of one, I eat 1/2 of the other and Jack eats almost 1/2 as well! I can only imagine how many will be in the oven when we have a larger family. lol.
This chocolate version is tasty and sweeter than the original recipe, so it really only needs a dusting of powdered sugar and some fresh fruit to complete it. No syrup necessary. 🙂 It would make a lovely dessert for a brunch too.
Chocolate Dutch Baby – From Everyday Food, Issue 82 – May 2011
3/4 cup milk
3 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 teas. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Powdered sugar for dusting
Sliced fresh fruit – we used bananas and strawberries
Whipped cream, if desired
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put butter in a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet and pop in the oven to melt while you blend up the pancake batter. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and sugar. Blend until foamy, about 1 minute. (You can also whisk all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, but it gets puffier if you blend it.) Remove skillet with the melted butter from the oven, pour the batter in and return it to the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately with fruit and whipped cream, if desired.