Basic Dutch Pancake

Rumply, lightly sweetened puddles of eggy custard.  With its dramatic poof and a dusting of powdered sugar, Dutch Pancake is sure to become a favourite in your house as well!

dutch pancake in cast iron pan

The first time I made Dutch Pancake, I fell in love.  Eggy, dreamy, custardy love.  The crispy edges, the soft interior, the dramatic poof.  Here was a breakfast (or lunch/dinner/snack) that I could whip up with pantry ingredients.  And yet, the entrance it made!    

Now Dutch Pancake has become a standard menu item in our home.  Dressed with seasonal fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar, it always tastes good.  And looks good, too!

dutch pancake in cast iron pan, cropped

I’ve made different variations of Dutch Pancake over the years but this is my basic recipe.

How to make Basic Dutch Pancake:

Place a 10 or 12 inch cast iron pan into the oven.  (The 10-inch will produce a dutch pancake that’s more custardy and thick in the middle. The 12-inch, which will be slightly more crepe-like and crispy.) Preheat oven to 450F.  The goal is for the pan and the oven to preheat together.  

Whisk eggs in a large bowl until frothy.  

dutch pancake ingredients

Add flour, milk, vanilla, salt, sugar.  Whisk vigorously until there are no lumps.  Let the batter rest until the oven has reached 450F.  

dutch pancake batter in bowl with whisk

When the oven has reached 450F, take out the cast iron pan with oven mitts.  Melt 2 Tbsp butter and swirl to make sure the bottom of the pan is well buttered.  The butter will sizzle and brown!

butter melting in cast iron pan

Scrape the batter into the pan.  Immediately return to oven.  

dutch pancake batter in cast iron pan with melted butter

Poof! Baking is magic!! (Do not open the oven door while it bakes or it will deflate!)

dutch pancake in cast iron pan with tea towel wrapped around the handle

Garnish with fresh fruit and powdered sugar.  Serve with maple syrup (optional) and eat immediately.

dutch pancake in cast iron pan with fruit and powdered sugar

Basic Dutch Pancake

Rumply, lightly sweetened puddles of eggy custard. With its dramatic poof and a light dusting of powdered sugar, Dutch Pancake is sure to become a favourite in your house as well! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dutch Pancake
Servings: 2
Author: The Subversive Table

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Optional garnishes:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Place a 10 or 12 inch cast iron pan into the oven. Preheat oven to 450F/230C. The goal is for the pan and the oven to preheat together. (Alternately, you can use a ceramic dish that is 10-12 inches in diameter.)
  • Whisk eggs in a large bowl until frothy. 
    Add milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until there are no lumps. (Alternatively, you can add all ingredients into a blender and whizz until frothy with no lumps.) Let the batter rest while the oven preheats.
    dutch pancake batter
  • When the oven has reached 450F/230C, take out the cast iron pan with oven mitts. Be careful, as the pan will be very hot! Melt 2 Tbsp butter and swirl to make sure the bottom of the pan is well buttered.
    butter melting in pan
  • Scrape the batter into the pan. Immediately return to oven. Bake until poofy and golden brown with crispy edges, about 14-18 minutes. Do not open the oven door while it bakes or it will deflate!
    dutch pancake batter in pan
  • Remove the Dutch Pancake from the oven. As soon as you remove the Dutch Pancake, it will begin to deflate. Work quickly to garnish with fresh fruit and powdered sugar. Serve with maple syrup and eat immediately.  
    Dutch Pancake, plain

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Justina Loh
Justina Loh
4 months ago

I made this today and loved it! It was simple to make and delicious! It may just be my new favourite breakfast food 🙂