Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes

I had no idea what recipe I was going to post today- until I made breakfast.  The boys and I were craving something different than our usual.  "No, not another smoothie!" was what I heard coming from my oldest.  "I want pancakes!" said the little one.  As for me, I just sighed.  I was in no mood to stand in front of my stove for a half hour flipping pancakes.

Then I remembered an idea I had read about somewhere, but I had absolutely no memory where.  Probably Pinterest.  (What on earth did we all do before Pinterest?)  Pancakes baked in muffin tins.  Genius idea- just whip up batter, pour it into the tins and bake.  No flipping, no watching for bubbles hoping your pancakes aren't over or under cooked.  Just 15 minutes of sipping your tea and perusing your favorite blogs while the pancakes take care of themselves in the oven.  I just had to find that recipe!

In my quick and frantic search ( I had a three and seven year old waiting for breakfast, after-all), I came across these babies.  Not just a regular pancake, but a puffy, eggy, Dutch Baby pancake baked in those great little muffin tins.  Sold! 

The best part of this pancake- watching the looks on my kids faces as I pulled out the super puffed pancakes.  Man did these babies get big!  They literally squealed with delight.  As they watched the pancakes fall, realization set in that they made the perfect little cup for holding my boys' favorite pancake toppings.  Score one for Mom this fine morning!
Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes
Recipe from Real Mom Kitchen.  Makes 9 pancakes (to serve 3-4 people).
For a printable recipe, click here.

This is a great recipe for a quick weekend or even lazy weekday breakfast.  It would also be great on a brunch menu, as you could bake up quite a few in relatively little time if you have more than one muffin pan.  The topping variations are endless.  My oldest filled his with his new favorite jam (which you can find in my Etsy shop, by the way!) and the little one drizzled his with honey.  I sauteed up a peach lingering in my fridge leftover from jam making for my Dutch babies.  Happiness all around.

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbs butter, melted and cooled

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Spray 9 muffin cups with non-stick spray.  Fill the other three cups with water.

In a blender, place all the ingredients except for the butter. Blend until smooth.  Add the butter and blend again.  Divide the batter equally among the 9 muffin cups.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, until very puffed and edges are golden.  Serve immediately

To make the sauteed peaches: Coarsely chop 1 ripe peach.  Saute in 1 tbs butter until slightly softened.  Add 1 tbs honey and a pinch of cardamom.  Continue cooking until the peaches are fully softened and juicy.


  1. Hi Renee,
    Has anyone ever told you that you're a great food artist! We're really impressed with your mini dutch baby pancakes. If you are interested to share your images to our food photography site http://www.foodporn.net/, that will be awesome!

    1. Hillary thanks so much for the compliment and the invitation. I would love to share- how do I get started?

  2. Love the idea of oven pancakes and peaches to go with them!

  3. Finally got around to trying Dutch pancakes this morning. I liked the look of this recipe because the pancakes looked golden and who can resist an easy muffin tin recipe. They worked out perfectly!