best dutch baby pancake

dutch baby pancake

The BEST Dutch baby pancake recipe you’ll find! It’s a simple recipe made with just a few ingredients. Put in a hot oven and watch it rise!

Dutch Pancake

When I posted this dutch baby pancake, it was like it went viral! I mean so many asked me for the recipe. So, here you go. The dutch baby pancake recipe!

This recipe is uber simple. And, if you Google recipes for dutch babies, you’ll find they’re all pretty much the same. But, I’m telling you this is the BEST Dutch baby pancake recipe.

Now this dutch baby pancake was made at high altitude, and I kind of thought that elevation helped make this pancake rise. However, I remade it in another skillet, this time a cast iron skillet, about 10″ diameter, and it didn’t rise as high. While I’m no food scientist, I’m thinking the smaller skillet (about 8″ diameter and enamelware) that you see here in the pictures may have contributed to the rise. I mean the dutch baby had no place to go but UP!

When I returned to sea level, I made the Dutch pancake recipe again, and, it didn’t disappoint. Didn’t rise as high as it did in the Rockies, but still a winner.

Breakfast Pancake Ideas

Pancakes! Or maybe you’re talking variations thereof–waffles, flapjacks, hot cake, griddle cake. I mean who doesn’t get excited to eat cake for breakfast. And, I’m talking hot cakes with warm syrup. This Dutch Baby Pancake is simply a twist on great breakfast pancake ideas.

Dutch Baby Pancake

According to Wikipedia, yes, the ultimate quick source to finding information, says this about dutch baby pancakes:

While these pancakes are derived from the German pancake dish, it is said that the name Dutch baby was coined by one of Victor Manca’s daughters, where “Dutch” perhaps was her corruption of the German autonym deutsch. Manca’s Cafe claimed that it owned the trademark for Dutch babies in 1942.

My plans are to make dutch babies, as in plural. I’m going to use a very large, Barney Rubble style, muffin tin and make individual babies. Honestly, I don’t think there’s any way one person could eat the skillet size dutch baby. However, my 4 and 6 year-old grandsons literally ate all but one small slice of this dutch baby that you see!

Dutch Babies

Regardless of what you call these glorious cakes that are eaten for breakfast, Dutch babies are on the short list for my grandkids. You can make them large in a single pan. Or you can use something like smaller skillets or ramekins and bake individual dutch babies. I guarantee with this easy recipe you’ll have them begging for more!

Hey, here’s another simple tasty quick recipe for kiddos! Blueberry Street Roll-Ups! Check out the roll! xoxo ~ally

dutch baby pancake
Dutch Baby Pancake made at 8k+ above sea level in Colorado.
dutch baby pancake

dutch baby pancake

Yield: One skillet Dutch Baby

The BEST Dutch baby pancake recipe you'll find! It's a simple recipe made with just a few ingredients. Put in a hot oven and watch it rise!


  • Preheat oven to 425
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbl. butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg in a blender jar and blend until smooth. Batter may also be mixed by hand.
  3. Put the skillet on a medium high blaze. Let it get hot. Add the butter and let it melt. Careful not to let it burn.
  4. Add the batter to the pan, return pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until the pancake is puffed and golden.
  5. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake about five minutes longer.
  6. Remove pancake from oven, cut into wedges and serve at once topped with syrup, preserves, confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar


GARNISHES: Syrup, preserves, confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar, almonds, ricotta, mascarpone, pineapples, peaches, fresh blueberries, strawberries, etc.

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dutch baby pancake
This Dutch Baby Pancake made at 0 feet above sea level!

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  1. Love this recipe! I’ve made it several times with great success! The latest batch I tried using King Arthur’s 1:1 ratio GF flour. Unfortunately, it didn’t produce its iconic puff, but we still enjoyed the flavors of the original recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe ❤️

    1. Oh, drats, next time you try it add some baking powder to the GF flour. It just might give it a boost for rising! Of course, it’s like crash and burn once you take it out, but, hey, the thrill of the rise, then that deeelish flavor!! xoxx ally

  2. Great job! I bake st 400 for 15 minutes and then turn down to 300 for a couple of minutes longer. That seems to work best with my oven.
    FYI, I did have a major fail once when my flour was too old. I don’t bake very regularly so my canister of flour had gotten old once I replace the flower and made it again. Everything was perfect. I just use salted butter and that takes care of adding the extra salt next time I’ll try adding vanilla. We love it with Meyer, lemons and powdered sugar.

    1. EH! What great feedback! Thank you. Yes, it’s crazy how ‘old’ anything can compromise the integrity of the recipe. And, that flour does ‘go bad’! The girls loved watching that Dutch Baby Pancake rise, then when we took it out, fall! LOL! The kitchen and cooking are the best for teaching science, too. Love the Meyer lemons and powdered sugar! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! xoxx ally

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think Vanilla is missing from instructions 🙂

    1. Dear friend! Thanks for letting me know. Always so great to have a second set of eyes on recipes. So appreciate. We have that fixed now. Hope you make the Dutch Baby. It’s sooooooooooooo yummy! xoxx ally

  4. Phoenix Podell says:

    Amazing ! Easy and delicious !

    1. Phoenix! What a great message! Thank you for letting me know!! xoxx ally


    1. I’ve never done it. But I think it might work with small cupcake size. Why don’t you do a trial run. And, if you do, please let me know!!🥰🥰

  6. I have made this many times…very good recipe. When it is brown, I turn off oven and leave in oven about 5 minutes. It holds its shape and doesn’t go flat. I serve with apples which have been cooked with brown sugar, and butter. Or fresh peaches sprinkled with sugar. Many options… use your imagination.

    1. OH, goodness, Billie! My mouth is watering just reading your comment! Thank you thank you!! We love these Dutch Babies, too! I’m going to try using this same batter for a fruit casserole. Fruit/butter in dish, then top with the batter. Not sure what I’ll get, but check back. Yes, we need to use our imaginations! xoxx ally

  7. Melanie F says:

    I made it about a 1/3 larger as my cast iron skillet is VERY large. It came out perfect. We topped it with lemon curd, berries and warm maple syrup. It was wonderful. I did swap cinnamon for the nutmeg as I’m not a nutmeg fan. This is a keeper recipe 😋

    1. Melanie!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I wish there was a pix for me to see! Isn’t it just so much fun to watch your ‘Dutch Baby’ birth! ha ha! Love the curd, berries and warm maple syrup! Yes, it’s a keeper recipe in our home, too, luv! Thanks so much for letting me know. Means a lot xoxx ally

  8. Maya Wagle says:

    Ally, this is very similar to the popovers….by Fanny Farmer.
    Looks so good.

    1. YES! It is, Maya! I do think I could use the same recipe in my popover pan. The kids so love these Dutch babies! xoxx

  9. Ally, I LOVE this! I’ve never heard of a Dutch Baby before, but it’s so intriguing. I’m planning on making it – can’t wait! xoxo

    1. Shea! You’ll slay this Dutch Baby! Add a little more sugar if you want it sweeter. Of course. Syrup does that. Once you remove from oven, it will kinda “deflate”. My grandkids L9VED ot!!xox ally

      1. This is a basic popover recipe baked in one big pan. If you are making individual babies, you are making popovers. This is best as they don’t deflate. Yummmmmmy

        1. Hi, Linda! Ya know, I never thought of it that way! Thank you! I’m gonna now try this Dutch Baby recipe in my popover pan. Thank you, luv! Hope to see you real soon back here! xoxx ally

    1. I can do that, dear Julie! Thank you luv! Xox ally

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