Dutch Baby

My mom picked this recipe because she saw it on the Cook’s Country website, which is affiliated with Cook’s Illustrated (I just call it all Christopher Kimball’s stuff!)

A Dutch Baby is kind of like the Apple Pfannekuchen my mom has posted before, except it has lemon and powdered sugar instead of apples and cinnamon.  It’s also a lot taller!

Here’s a little more about the background of Dutch Babies, in case you were wondering why this dish has such an odd name.

Basically it’s like a really big popover.

To make one, first heat the oven to 450°.  Then brush two tablespoons of oil all over a 12-inch ovenproof skillet. Put the skillet in the oven until the oil is shimmering, which should take about 10 minutes.


While it’s heating, mix up the batter. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, lemon zest, and salt.


In another bowl, whisk the eggs for about one minute, or until they’re frothy and light.


Whisk in milk, butter, and vanilla. (The recipe says that skim milk will give you the highest rise, but we used 2%, since that’s what we had.)


Add about a third of the milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix until it’s smooth.  Then add in the rest of the milk mixture, and mix it until there are no lumps.


Take the skillet out of the oven (remember to use a potholder on the hot handle!) and quickly pour the batter into the pan.  Place it back in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are deep golden brown.

It will puff up and get really tall in the oven, but it will deflate some when you take it out.

dutch baby baking in oven

Take the Dutch Baby out of the oven, place the skillet on a wire rack, and sprinkle lemon juice and powdered sugar on it.  Slice it into wedges and eat it right away!


While this is baking, it will make your kitchen smell like funnel cakes.  I really liked the lemon flavor, and my favorite part was the soft inside (my mom loves the crispy outside part the best!)


Dutch Baby

Printable Dutch Baby recipe
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons juice from one lemon (reserved for sprinkling on baked Dutch Baby)
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Put the oven rack in the middle position and heat the oven to 450°.  Brush the inside of an ovenproof 12 inch skillet with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.  Place pan in oven and heat until oil is shimmering (10 minutes).

While the pan heats, make the batter.  In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, lemon zest, and salt.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs until they’re light and frothy.  Whisk in the milk, butter, and vanilla.

Add 1/3 of the milk to the flour mixture and mix until the lumps are gone.  Add the rest of the milk and stir until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the hot skillet and bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and golden brown.  Remove the skillet from the oven and place on a wire rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and lemon juice.  Slice into wedges and serve immediately.


  1. Adrienne says:

    We make this at least once a week at our house (both with and without the apples). Our recipe is a bit different (1/2 c flour, 3/4 c milk, no cornstarch) but the result looks the same. One comment I had is that I found if I wisk the eggs first then add everything else and wisk really well I don’t need multiple bowls. It seems like a small thing but it makes it much easier to prepare on a regular basis.

  2. That is very similar to the German puffy oven pancake I make. So delicious, easy and frugal! Mine has just 5 ingredients…all the usual staples so when I’m low on food, I know I can always count on having the ingredients to make it.

  3. I love Dutch Babies. I always choose them for breakfast on my birthday. My recipe is from a 1970s Sunset magazine.
    It has several quantities from 1 serving to 6.
    Just egg, milk, flour and butter. Melt the butter in the oven while you whirl the other ingredients in the blender then bake. So simple.
    They gave several serving suggestions too. My favorite is, cottage cheese, topped with sliced strawberries with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cinnamon. MMMM!
    Next time I’m going to give your recipe a try.

  4. Wow that looks really yummy! I never had one of those, maybe on our Spring Break the kids and I shall try it, it looks fun too!

  5. Ok, you got me at “smells like funnelcake.” My husband and kids LOVE funnel cake. I will have to try this and see how much it tastes like it.

  6. karen A says:

    I I’ve made a similar recipe called Dutch Baby very easy. Also Kruppsula my Finnish grandmother called them Swedish Pancakes. We put powdered sugar, sliced bananas and blueberries on them….yummy! I just tried the yogurt recipe last night but haven’t tasted yet. Thanks

  7. We LOOOOOVVVVEEEE Dutch Babies at our house! This looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it 🙂 We also do one with dropping frozen berries on it before you put it into the oven. yummy!

  8. It looks dilishis!

  9. Thanks so much for posting this. I’m in the middle of moving and can’t find this very same recipe and don’t even remember packing the mag it’s in, not to mention some other books. Add blueberries-it’s so good!

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