Do you know about the Badder-Meinhof Phenomenon? It’s where you learn about something new and then after you start to encounter it every where, like you were blind to it before. This happened to me with Dutch babies. I like to describe a Dutch baby as a large baked crepe, one huge popover or an eggier and sweeter Yorkshire pudding.
The first time I encountered a Dutch baby was my second day on Sorlandet. The off going cook was still there, thank god, showing me around the ship and giving me the low down on how all the fancy equipment worked. At that point the student hadn’t arrived yet so it was just crew and teachers for a day while we settled into the ship. For breakfast the cook showed me how to make Dutch babies, I had never heard of them before and had no idea what she was talking about when she told me about them the night before.
Ever since then they have become a staple in my menu rotation. They were much loved by the students on Gulden Leeuw, that was probably due to the fact that we were on a Dutch ship. But none the less they are great, tender squidgy texture, lots of egg flavor, crispy browned edges and cooked in a little butter bath. That butter bath helps create a sauce when you douse them in powdered sugar and a generous squeeze of lemon. The one problem with them is that they must be eaten straight out of the oven, much like soufflé, people must wait for it, these babies wait for no one.
Now I see Dutch babies everywhere, I don’t know if it’s just because of this frequency illusion or if they have all of a sudden become more popular. I’ve seen them with all kinds of toppings from blueberries and lemon curd to poached eggs and salmon, I haven’t tried them savory yet but it’s on my never ending list of things to make.
Preheat the oven to 425F with a 9x13 or equivalent baking pan in it to heat with the oven.
Whisk together everything but the butter and set aside, it's great to do this in advance so all of the flour hydrates and there are no lumps. You can also do this in the blender or with a stick blender for large batches.
When the oven and pan are hot, take out the pan and add the butter, swirl it around until the butter has melted.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the baby is poofy.
Serve immediately with powdered sugar and lemon, it quickly deflates as soon as it out of the oven.
I’m a tall ship cook, I prefer to cook with water beneath me, no land in sight and lots of mouths to feed. I like to play with bold flavors, pushing people’s taste buds in new directions and using a recipe as a guideline, my hands are my measuring spoons. Read More about “About Me”…