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Dutch Baby Apple Pancake

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Breakfast showstopper

Dutch baby pancakes are definitely showstoppers suitable for a special breakfast or just because. As spectacular as they look, they are very simple to make. They are closer to a soufflé than a pancake. Traditionally, they are cooked in a large cast iron skillet, but I like making them in my cazuela.  This recipe was passed on to me years ago by my friend, Kathryn. I think it came from a 1970's or 1980's Sunset Magazine cookbook. My family requires I make this pancake for every Easter and Christmas breakfast.

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Dutch baby apple pancake

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This giant puffed pancake is filled with baked apples is always a crowd pleaser. For all its good looks, it is very simple to make.

  • Author: Something New For Dinner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 6 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (quarter pound)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 T brown sugar


  1. Arrange the racks in your oven so you have a rack in the middle of the oven with at least 8″ of clearance. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Using a hand mixer, blend first seven ingredients. Do not over mix. Batter will be a little lumpy.
  3. Put stick of butter in a 12″ cazuela, or cast iron pan, or 13 x 9 x 2″ baking dish and put in oven to melt. When butter is nearly melted, add apple slices and return to the oven until the butter begins to sizzle.
  4. Remove the pan with the sizzling apples and pour batter over apples. Sprinkle top with brown sugar and quickly return to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes until brown and puffed.
  5. Remove from the oven and quickly show everyone your master piece before it falls. Serve immediately.







  1. Kay Greer says:

    I think this is the apple dish that you make and is always so good. Mom

    1. Kim says:

      That’s it. I make this apple pancake every Christmas morning and frequently for Easter.

  2. Sasha says:

    I made this for Christmas breakfast and my family insists that it become a tradition. It is very easy to make and requires very little clean up. This dish is a win, win.

    1. Kim says:

      I never thought about the cleanup aspect Sasha, but you are right. One bowl, one pan gets you a “wow” puffy pancake for breakfast.

  3. Lockie R says:

    So the Dutch Baby Apple Pancakes were such a hit with the Russell family! And I looked like a total professional making them! Easy and delicous !

    1. Kim says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Lockie. My kids wouldn’t believe it was Christmas without at least one Dutch baby pancake!

  4. lil mittner says:

    I do not wait to make a Dutch Baby pancake for the holidays, I make them at least once a month I like them better than pancakes and waffles

    1. Kim says:

      My family agrees with you Lil, there is no reason to wait for the holidays. The real reason I wait is I am not a big breakfast maker, but if I was there would certainly be more Dutch Baby pancakes! There is a reason my blog is called “Something New For Dinner” and not “Something New For Breakfast.”

  5. Kate says:

    Christmas morning, 8:50 a.m. and my house is adrift with the smell of Dutch baby pancakes…..thank you Kim easy, dramatic looking start to our day of food. Oh, got to go- they’re diving in!
    Merry Christmas, The Lockharts

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Wow Kate! Thank you for sharing before your meal was even served! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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