A Dutch Baby is a delicious, easy breakfast with just 5 ingredients. Also known as puff pancakes, these little delicacies have a fun appearance as they puff up in the oven. We like to make these on a weekend morning and top them with berries for a special breakfast. This recipe makes one 9-inch puff pancake, which serves 2 moderate appetites. My husband and son can each eat the whole thing themselves though, so judge your audience before determining how many to make. 🙂
Many recipes can work well with whole wheat flour, but I don’t recommend it here. The finished product won’t puff up if the flour is whole wheat. Also, the texture will be dense instead of light and springy. This gluten-free version tastes just as light and fluffy as the all-purpose flour version. We did a side-by-side comparison using those two flours, and my family agreed that neither one was better than the other. This is adapted from a recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Joy of Cooking.
Dutch Baby Recipe
$.63 per serving
- 3 tbs melted butter or ghee
- 1/2 cup milk dairy or non-dairy
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place the butter or ghee in a 9-inch baking pan or cast iron skillet and put it in the oven. When the butter has melted, remove the pan from the oven and set it aside. Leave the melted butter in the pan.
Mix together the milk, eggs, and salt. Add the flour and mix to combine.
Pour the pancake mixture into the pan with the butter and place it in the oven.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it starting at the 10 minute mark. Once the sides have puffed up and the middle of the Dutch Baby is set, remove it from the oven.
Serve warm with fruit and/or maple syrup.
Dutch Baby Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $1.26 to make, or $.63 per serving. A homemade Dutch Baby is an easy, delicious breakfast for a special occasion or a lazy Saturday morning.