David Eyre’s Pancake
Dutch Babies are brilliant. This is the kind of recipe to have in your back pocket on a day when you think there’s nothing in the house whatsoever to eat. We all have flour, milk, butter, and eggs around, no? Or at very least if you have to run out to get any of these, it’s not really a bother is it? But all beside the point actually….as this is just as easy to throw together whether you go to the market or not. It literally makes itself. If you crave pancakes or crepes, this is your go to. Without all the suffering (if there is any suffering at your house) about making crepes or pancakes-this will take care of that. Mix together ingredients, melt butter, add ingredients to pan, knock in a hot oven. Walk away, make coffee, set the table, or sit a spell, you get the idea. Place the whole glorious thing between yourself and one other very lucky person and enjoy. The pancake is lightly crispy, soft and swelling in spots, and bearing crevices that want the squeezed lemon that is traditional. A very good friend of mine, Anjali, used to make this for us back in San Francisco when we were lucky enough, so I have had my share of Dutch babies. It’s only when I really craved one just recently and ran into this really lovely article by David Eyre’s daughter that I knew I needed one now.
David Eyre’s Pancake
1/3 c flour
1/2 c whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
pinch or fresh grated nutmeg
4 tbsp butter
juice of a lemon, confectioners sugar
Whisk flour, eggs, and milk together. Add nutmeg. Melt butter in pan and pour batter in and toss into hot oven. Pull out roughly 20 minutes later to find swelled buttery perfection. Sprinkle sugar over and back in oven for a second or two. Place on table, squeeze lemon over and have at it. If you have bacon somewhere around, no one will complain.
P.S. As you can see in the photos I did not have confectioners sugar. No matter, I used brown. It really doesn’t matter in the end, you want a light sweetness, and I rather liked the crunchy bits of caramelized sugar here and there.