With Shrove Tuesday less than a week away I have pancakes on the brain. Today I decided to try a Dutch Baby, which is a giant egg-y pancake baked in a cast iron skillet and then sliced into wedges to serve. I searched through my cookbooks and found what I thought would be a great recipe. It was fast and gluten-free to boot. woohoo!
Maybe I misunderstood the directions, because it was an unmitigated disaster. I would have just gone with cold cereal for breakfast except me and my big mouth said “Giant Pancake”! so that was the only thing J was going to settle for. Ugh!
I quickly pulled up another recipe and got to work. Alton Brown’s was longer baking, but quick to prepare. As in dump everything in the blender quick to prepare. I turned up the heat a little and watched it carefully. Even though I only went up 25 degrees it cooked in a little over half the time than this recipe said. Hmm. Might want to keep a close eye on this one while it is baking.
I have been looking for a recipe to try some of the gluten-free flour mix I had made from Beyond Bites and since this only used a little flour I thought it would be a good place for it. It worked perfectly. All purpose flour, as originally called for, obviously is going to work, but if you need to go gluten-free, use your favorite gluten-free All Purpose Flour. If you want to go dairy free, just swap out the butter and milk – like you couldn’t figure that one out yourself, ha ha!
AB used lemons and sugar for a topping. I went with a more J-friendly macerated strawberries. I even let him make it while I prepared the batter and watched out of the corner of my eye to make sure he didn’t cut himself with a table knife. Don’t laugh, he did it in September and I am still hearing about it from him. But we have all of our fingers intact today.
It is different from an American pancake as a quick look at the ingredients will tell you. There is very little flour compared to the eggs and milk so it is actually more of a very thin baked pudding than a cake-y pancake. We both really enjoyed it and have a few slices leftover. If you serve it with something else you could serve 2-3 for breakfast and 3-4 for dessert. You could easily double the recipe and it will just be thicker and take longer to cook to serve more people.
If you are looking for a special pancake for Pancake Tuesday, this one would definitely qualify. It does take about 30 minutes depending on how fast your oven preheats so you might have to get up a bit early to have it for breakfast.
Until next time, happy eating.