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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dutch Babies

Contrary to what this might sound like, this is actually a traditional breakfast, not small children from Holland. Some people remember these from the Pannekoeken restaurants.

It is somewhere between an omelet and a pancake, baked in the oven. I had never tried one until Ray mentioned it was a traditional holiday breakfast in his family. So, the challenge had been issued...

Dutch Baby

Preheat oven to 425. Place a heavy skillet in the oven and heat for at least 10 minutes.

Mix the following in a blender (I use the immersion blender):

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
Nutmeg or cinnamon to taste (optional)

When pan has been heated, remove from oven and place 3 tablespoons unsalted butter into the pan. Let it melt, then pour in the batter. Return the pan to the oven, and bakeabout 20 minutes, until it is golden brown and puffy. It can be very dramatic to slide the finished Dutch Baby from the pan onto a plate on the table. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit.

We soaked some berries in Grand Marnier the night before. And we always enjoy these with a mimosa, made with mango orange juice. These are simple, and very impressive !

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