Dutch Baby with Apples

Three hundred years ago in the Rondout Valley, perhaps the Dutch settlers made this delicious dessert. It's great for brunch, too! 

Pancake

  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup white or whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons butter

Filling

  • 3 medium-sized tart apples, peeled or not, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, honey or sugar
  • Powdered cinnamon and nutmeg

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)
  • Powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Beat together the eggs, milk, flour and salt until smooth. In a heavy 12-inch nonstick or well-seasoned oven-safe skillet, melt about 1½ tablespoons butter. When it is hot, pour in the batter and put the skillet in the oven. After 15 minutes, pierce large bubbles with a fork, then lower the oven temperature to 350ºF and continue baking for another 10 minutes until light brown and crisp.

While the baby is baking, in a medium or large skillet, sauté the apples in ¼ cup melted butter for a couple of minutes stirring to coat, then add syrup, honey or sugar. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until just tender.

When the pancake is done, slide it onto a large plate, fill with apples, then flop over to fold in half. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot!

2 to 4 servings

From the Stick to Local Farms Cookbook.