On Recipes Requiring Minimum Effort With Maximum Rewards (Dutch Baby “quick wow” recipe)
Extending the conversation on our tendencies to sort by what more than the how to recipes, I have categorized recipes by pantry-friendly, requiring an oven (nice to consider on a cold day), veggie-focused (recipes I can easily make vegetarian), good for parties (make ahead, etc.), hitchhiker, and non-recipes (or beginners).
One of the categories I have is the “quick wow” recipes. There are recipes that look impressive and taste good, but requires minimal effort relative to the results. An example of such recipe is the Dutch Baby Pancake. As long as you have an oven, a cast iron pan, and some basic pancake ingredients, you can help start someone’s day (or great as a dessert instead of crepes).
Dutch Baby (German Pancake)
- Place a 9 or 10 inch cast iron pan in a cold oven. Turn the oven to 400˚F.
- While the oven is heating up, beat 3 eggs, add 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of white sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 3/4 cup whole milk. Beat until blended
- Add 3/4 cup of flour with a pinch of salt. Whisk until lumps are gone.
- Take the cast iron pan out of the oven carefully with oven mitts onto your stove top. Place 3 tablespoons of butter into the pan until melted, careful to swirl the sides of the pan as well.
- Pour off the excess butter into the batter, and blend until combined. Pour the blended batter onto the cast iron pan, and place it back into the oven for approx. 25 min. or until the sides have risen and browned and the center has puffed up some. Take it out of the pan gently with a spatula onto a plate.
- Dust the pancake with some confectioner’s sugar. Serve with sliced berries that has been marinating with some white sugar (2 teaspoon, depending on how sweet you like the berry topping) and some triple sec.
That’s it. Embrace the magic of eggs. Because effort is overrated sometimes.
Photo: Dutch baby for breakfast for my birthday boy.