Big Dutch Baby – German Pancake

I’m trying to make more meals from scratch and get away from the instant breakfasts especially. I’ve also been trying to do more cooking in our cast iron skillets. I’m also always searching for new and yummy meals that can feed my huge crew. Today we tried a giant Dutch baby for breakfast with fresh fruit and milk or OJ and that baby was amazing!


6 eggs

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 cups of butter

( Sweet optional- vanilla extract, powdered sugar)


Place the 1/2 cup of butter into the 12 inch cast iron skillet and let the pan and butter preheat within the oven.

Preheat the oven 375 (with buttered cast iron already inside)

Beat the eggs for 3 minutes

Add in the milk and flour and beat for another minute

Pour the mixture into the preheated cast iron and bake for 30 minutes

Sweet topping ideas- powdered sugar, syrup, fruit preserves and/or honey

We topped ours today with butter, powdered sugar and syrup. I’d like to make this again soon but with a savory topping like sausage gravy, salt and pepper. The best way I can describe them is a perfect middle between an omelet and a pancake and the texture of a super crepe. This batch fed 9 but we did not have enough for everyone to have seconds and they all wantes more! So next time I want to increase this recipe to make 2, another giant Dutch baby and a second little Dutch baby in my smaller cast iron. I’m happy to say the kids stayed full till lunch, if they had eaten cereal or a pop tart, they would have been fussing for snacks an hour after breakfast ended. Progress pictures below, I hope you enjoy a Dutch baby very soon!

Liquid batter was just poured into hot buttered cast iron skillet
Immediately after it came out of the oven, before it deflated
Immediately after it came out of the oven, before it deflated, side view
After it had cooled a bit and deflated and with powdered sugar
Beauty shot
It came out of the pan perfectly with no sticking at all!
The texture of the crust was flaky and the middle was like a super crepe