Gooey. Fried. Apples.

Gooey. Fried. Apples.

My ex loved to cook. Still does, I’m sure, but we don’t talk like that. Me? Not so much. Before him, I never knew the glory that is French Toast made with challah bread or how much tastier scrambled eggs are with a dash of onion powder (or that onion powder is even a thing).

I’d also never heard of a Dutch Baby.

*wipes screen after tongue-kissing this picture from Cookin’ Canuck*

For those of you not in the know, a Dutch Baby (a.k.a. German Pancake) is like a regular pancake, but baked in the oven. Kind of like if a pancake and a popover had a tasty baby–a baby that’s even tastier covered in gooey fried apples.

 

If you’re looking for the perfect addition to your challah French Toast and onion-y eggs, I highly recommend this recipe from Cookin’ Canuck!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 lb (3 to 4 large) Gala or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices 
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar

[Quick interruption from yours truly: I’m not a fan of nutmeg, so I replace that and the ginger with cinnamon…LOTS of cinnamon…in both the batter and the apples.

I’m also heavy-handed with the butter and brown sugar. I have a the-more-the-merrier philosophy with those two ingredients in pretty much any recipe.

As for the apples, peeling them is hard. Okay, not hard, per se….but tedious and time consuming. This is where my ex came in handy.]

Directions:

  1. Place an oven rack in the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, salt, nutmeg, and ground ginger. In a medium bowl, whisk together half-and-half, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour the half-and-half mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until smooth, without lumps.
  3. In a 10-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet set over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the apples and brown sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in lemon juice. Pour the batter around the edges of the pan and then over top of the apples.
  4. Place the skillet into the oven and immediately turn the heat to 425 degrees F. Bake until the pancake is brown and it has puffed above the edges of the skillet, 15 to 18 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the edges of the pancake from the skillet and invert the pancake onto a serving platter. Sift powdered sugar over the top of the pancake and cut it into wedges. Serve immediately.

My very first Dutch Baby–made by me!

Hugs n’ stuff!

Everly Lucas