Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kicking off Pancake Week with a Dutch Baby

A very Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovers' out there! I would also like to take a moment to wish all my visitors celebrating Chinese New Year's  a Healthy, Prosperous, Happy New Year!

When I woke up this Sunday morning I decided to "baby" myself a bit with one of my all time favorite breakfast treats; a Dutch Baby. My apple filled German Pancake doesn't look as tantalizing as T.W.'s Dutch Baby Pancake but I must admit, it was quite pleasing to the taste:) No, I didn't eat the whole thing but I sure came close.

According to an article published in Sunset Magazine, Dutch Babies were introduced in the early 1900s in Seattle at Manca's Cafe. The recipe created by the Manca family was based on a "family secret." It's interesting to note though, at one time, Manca's Cafe owned the trademark for the term Dutch Babies.

The most famous of his dishes is the Dutch Baby. While I personally do not know its derivation, many believe that the Dutch Baby is based off of the German Apfelpfannkuchen. The original recipe is a Manca family secret. But close approximations can be found on many places on the web. Martha Stewart even has a version!

The family lore is that one of Victor's daughters (one of my grandfather's sisters) named the Dutch Baby as a child. Perhaps they got named "Dutch" because of her inability to pronounce "Deutsch" - the German word for German.

What is a Dutch Baby you ask? Well, I don't usually refer to wikipedia without further research but in the case of these delectable clouds of puffiness, and since I'm still babying myself today...

A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, is a sweet breakfast dish similar to Yorkshire pudding and derived from the German Apfelpfannkuchen. It is made with eggs, flour and milk, and usually seasoned with vanilla and cinnamon, although occasionally sugar is also added. It is baked in a metal pan and falls soon after being removed from the oven. It is generally served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter, and powdered sugar or fruit toppings or syrup.

There are bushels of Dutch Baby recipes on the internet. I didn't use the following recipe found at Food In Every Country website but I'm sure it's just as heavenly, literally. Dutch Babies have this natural puffiness about them, they are simply hard to say no to.

Apfelpfannkuchen (Apple Pancakes)
• ⅔ cup flour
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 4 eggs, beaten
• ½ cup milk
• 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
• 1½ sticks butter (¾ cup)
• 2 Tablespoons sugar
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• Confectioners sugar
1. Combine the flour with 2 teaspoons sugar and salt and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk together.
3. Gradually add flour mixture to the eggs and milk, and beat until smooth.
4. Melt ½ stick (¼ cup) butter in a saucepan.
5. Add apple slices and cook gently until apples are softened.
6. Mix 2 Tablespoons sugar and cinnamon together and stir gently into apples.
7. In a 6-inch frying pan, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter.
8. Pour in batter so that it is about ¼-inch deep.
9. Cook until the bubbles on top of the batter burst and the pancake begins to set.
10. Spoon about ¼ of the apples over the pancake and cover with more batter.
11. Allow it to set, and then gently turn the pancake to brown it on the other side.
12. Repeat to make 3 more pancakes.
13. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve.
Serves 4.

In other parts of the world, today is celebrated as Pretzel Sunday. Melanie @ My Kitchen Cafe has a recipe for a Chewy Soft Pretzel and Kelli offers Soft Jumbo Pretzels should you crave a pretzel or two today.

How do you plan on celebrating pancake week? Anyone going to Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday? What about hitting the pancake houses? I hear IHOP is celebrating Pancake Day a week later this year. I know for sure Perkins is having a Pancake Day happening on the 15th. As for me, I'll be right back here on Pancake Day celebrating with some Shrovetide tidbits and delicacies. See ya then...
P.S. If you have a favorite pancake recipe you would like to share, be my guest and leave the link in comments. enjoy:)

Before I go, I must offer a note of thanks to a man by the name of Moses Coates. Why? The first U.S. patent for an apple peeler was filed by Moses Coates, of Downing's Field, Pa., on February 14, 1803. Now, how would I have peeled those apples without an Apple Peeler?

Chinese New Year's Links
1. Chinese New Year Food Superstitions
2. Chinese New Year Cupcakes - Nian Gao
3. For A Smooth Chinese Year of the Tiger & To Increase Wealth
4. "Lucky" food - bread, bun, wonton, dumpling - the shape of ingot
5. Chinese New Year Royal Icing Cookies (Selby's are adorable:)
6. Chinese New Year 2010 @ My Sarisari Store
Dutch Babies & German Pancakes
1. Making a Dutch Baby pancake is child's play
2. Lazy Weekend Dutch Baby Pancakes @ the Kitchen Wench


  1. So much to celebrate this week. As I've been obsessing over President's Day, Pancake Week has completely snuck up on me, and I'm not ready. So I'll have to savor your luscious Dutch Apple Baby, Louise!

  2. This is a very interesting concept! Sadly, I need 2 or 3 for just the 5 people who are home; can you imagine how many I'd need for all 11 of us?

    I'm making a King Cake for Mardi Gras day. Of course I'm not taking the kids to New Orleans; that would be a nightmare! (I will make one Monday to send to Jeff at college for his birthday...they pack and travel wonderfully!)

    Happy Valentine's Day or Happy Pretzel Sunday - which ever floats your boat!

  3. Happy Valentine's Day !
    Dutch Baby...cute name for a cake !

  4. The Apfelpfaankuchen looks so yummy! Btw, a new way of my mom to make apple pie recently, she grated the apple. Ah.. definitely I must share the picture someday ;)

    Thanks for linking to my Chinese New Year cookies with icing. Happy Chinese New Year! Hope the year of Tiger brings us all luck.

    I like to make mini pancakes and eat it when I need a quick satisfying snack (actually it's more like crepes)
    Here's the link:

    Happy Valentine's Day, Louise! *hugs & kisses*

  5. Dutch babies -- yum! I've only made these a time or two but they were delicious. I just took out of the oven a lemon "puff pudding" (pudding cake). It's not quite a pancake but do ya think I could count it for pancake week? ;)

  6. I think I need to have a Dutch Baby soon, that looks amazing. I used to have them growing up sometimes in Minnesota, but its been a while, and I feel I am due.

  7. That's really interesting. Of course I know German pancakes with apples but it's the first time that I read about the Dutch baby. Really funny name. Maybe really derived from the Pennsylvania Dutch. I don't know the history of the german pancake (it should be very old) but I know that there is a recipe for pancake with apples in the first edition of the cookbook by Henriette Davidis (1848).

  8. Love pancakes, love Dutch babies, and German pancakes. I'm an equal opportunity pancake lover, grins.

  9. I love all pancakes. I was too busy with Chinese New Year food yesterday -- maybe I'll eat them for tomorrow, the traditional pancake day in someone's tradition (not mine -- but I'm not Chinese either).

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  10. Yum! I wonder if the Knight would like that?

  11. Your pancake is making me hungry! It looks so delicious.

    Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

  12. Good idea for Fat Tuesday. I think I'm going to make pancakes for supper tomorrow. Why not ;D

  13. I really want that pancake. Like, seriously. More than you'll ever know.

    I hope you had a good V-day! If you love me, you'll come over with one of those pancakes... :)

  14. Ooh, I LOVE pancakes and I LOVE Dutch pancakes, too! I had no idea it is pancake week, but I think this is the perfect time for a post I've been saving up... Mind if I link back to your site? :)

    Have you tried Molly Wizenberg's Dutch pancake recipe? It's simple (no apples) and delicious; it reminds me of Yorkshire pudding, actually - minus the meat drippings!

  15. I made apple pancakes yesterday...

    This is definitely different from the recipe I used but I like how you prepare yours by slicing the apples.

  16. My favorite week of the year! Your Dutch baby is so yummy!

    In Russia we celebrated Maslenitsa which literally translates as butter holiday and we ate blini with lots of butter on top. I'm looking forward to making & eating those on the weekend!

  17. Your President's Day post came out fabulous T.W. That Colonial Carrot Cake may just be he best ever!!!

    You know Marjie, I was thinking. I bet you could make a platter of Dutch babies in a 13x9 pan. Perhaps??? I was hoping someone would be making a King Cake for Mardi Gras. I'll have to take a "run" over and take a gander. You are posting it, I hope.

    Thank you Sidney. I like the name too:)

    Grating apples sounds a bit dangerous to the knuckles. I know I have a difficult time with potatoes:) Your mom is brave...Thanks for sharing your recipe link Selba it sounds good. *hugs & kisses* right back at ya:)

    You sure can Lynn. Pancake Day is really about pigging out with all those extra calories. Enjoy!!!

    Thanks for popping in OysterCulture. Let us know when you "whip" them up.

    I think you're right Petra. I did see some reference to PA Dutch in my travels.

    Me too Katy Yum, yum, yum and more YUM!!!

    You are too funny Mae. Enjoy whatever tradition that fills your belly!!!

    Oh I do hope so Channon. Is it possible that Knight of yours could be that fussy?

    Welcome Simply Delicious I'm delighted the Dutch Babies gave you hunger pangs:)

    You go right ahead Sher. I'm sure the kids won't complain. BTW, I saw a pressure cooker in Sears the other day.

    I knew you would Duckie. I know you and your love of pies:) I would gladly bring one down to Texas except I think you have worse weather than us!!!

    I have not tried Molly's Dutch pancake recipe, nightowlchef. This recipe reminded me of Yorkshire pudding also; a bit sweeter though:) Be my guest and Link away!!!

    Well, I'm quite over those Dutch Babies after see your gorgeous Biscotti, Cynthia Oh my yum!!!

    Mine too 5 Star foodie I did run into a few places that said Butter Week is part of the festivities. I do hope you will drop the link back on over when you make those "babies." Pancakes & Butter? Who can resist!!! Thanks for popping in...

  18. My sister and I first made panakukus (that's what we called them) when we saw a recipe in Sunset in the early 70s. We loved them, her kids loved them. Lots of variety, but usually sweet. Thanks for the reminder. I will make this today, and I will have a Chocolate Bacon Pancake recipe on Thursday.

  19. Sweet indeed, Janet. Chocolate Bacon Pancakes??? I will be checking those out for sure!!!

  20. i personally think that every day should be pancake day. :)
    dutch babies are awesome. they're so different from americanized pancakes and just scrumptious in their own right. yours looks sensational--the apples make a fabulous addition!

  21. As do I Grace/ The apples were awesome!!!

  22. I used to bake these a lot when I lived in California. I actually had gotten the recipe from Sunset. Thanks for reminding me of how wonderful they are!


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