German Pancakes

This past week was incredible! I took my first long solo drive (four hours to Sacramento) to stand beside my best friend as she got married on Saturday (I was the Maid of Honor!). The wedding took place at Rock-n-Water in Coloma, California, where Heidi and Kyle met in 2004. It was the most beautiful place for a wedding! The weather was perfect, Heidi looked beautiful, she and Kyle were so happy and adorable, Tim was able to come and he looked incredibly handsome, and I cried during my entire Maid of Honor speech. I LOVE weddings! Wow.

Unfortunately, upon returning home I came down with the worst fever I’ve had since I was a little kid. I was out of commission on Monday, but on Tuesday I managed to drag myself out of bed to throw these German Pancakes together (following which I crashed right back into bed). Also known as Dutch Babies, these are like a cross between a crepe, a popover, and a pancake. They puff up beautifully in the oven and are so much fun to cook! I loved them so much I made them again on Wednesday before work.

You can watch them bubble up in the oven, and they deflate slightly when you take them out.

German Pancakes

I got this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Deb recommended topping them with berries and maple syrup, which was fantastic. The second time I made them, we were out of berries, so I went for butter and powdered sugar, which reminded me of fried dough at the fair! I think they would also be great as a savory dish – don’t put any sugar in the batter, and top with sauteed veggies and cheese. I’ll have to revisit a savory version in a future post!

Yield 2 9-inch pancakes (I halved the recipe and it turned out fine!)

4 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup flour, sifted
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons soft butter

Heat oven to 400°F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans well. Whisk eggs until light yellow in color. Add remaining ingredients; whisk until smooth. Pour into prepared pans and bake 20 minutes; then reduce heat to 350°F and bake 10 minutes – but keep checking them, when they are a nice golden brown they are done! Slide onto hot plates and serve with any combination of berries, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jam, or whatever you prefer!

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