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I was just writing my menu for Easter and I was thinking about what I could add to our Easter breakfast table. Michael is coming home this year for the holiday and I wanted something new to go along with the usual croissants and I immediately thought of a “Dutch Baby”.
Let me tell you how we discovered this “Dutch Baby” treasure.
In 2012 our son started school in Buffalo, NY and Bob and I would take the eight hour drive upstate and visit him and stay in his apartment four or five times a year. One visit, Michael told us that he found a breakfast place that he thought we would like and off we went. We loved it.
It is “The Original Pancake House”.
On Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst, NY.
It was like taking a step back in time and the food was delicious. Not a fancy place, just a great atmosphere, friendly people and “home cooked” food.
We became regulars every time we visited and we always ordered either eggs with bacon and sausage, omelettes, pancakes, waffles and french toast. (The homemade breakfast sausage is to die for). Everything we ordered was delicious.
We loved this place so much that we told all our friends that had children and grandchildren going to schools in the area that this was the place to go. I became a walking advertisement.
In addition to our usual fare we would see waitresses passing our table with the “specialties of the house”, German apple pancakes and large Dutch Baby entrees. I thought the Dutch Baby was just a souffle and didn’t pay much attention.
Bob would always say that he had to try a Dutch Baby; every time he saw one pass our table.
In 2016, Michael graduated and we were moving him to Rochester and we had our last breakfast at The Original Pancake House. Bob said he had to order the Dutch Baby that day or he would never get another chance to try one.
He ordered it and the waitress explained that it would take 20-30 minutes to prepare. Wow, 30 minutes, I couldn’t imagine what went into preparing this and so we waited.
When it arrived at our table, it came with a side tray of condiments. The waitress asked Bob if he wanted to put it together himself or should she. There is a special order to the condiments.
Bob gladly gave her the job.
A Dutch Baby is filled with butter, lemon juice, confectioners sugar, more butter and fresh strawberries along with fresh strawberry syrup on the side.
I have to say, once it’s put together it is a work of art.
Here is a photo of Bob tasting his first “Dutch Baby”.
Look at his face…he was so happy.
Of course I had to taste it and it was absolutely delicious. It is a cross between a souffle and a pancake having a child. And with just one bite, you close your eyes and the world stands still for a moment. It is light, fluffy, sweet and sinful.
Bob was both thrilled he finally ordered a Dutch Baby and upset he didn’t order it sooner during the four years we visited Buffalo.
He talked about this Dutch Baby for weeks and I knew that I would have to find a recipe and try to duplicate the heavenly experience he had.
I searched google, found a recipe and was surprised to find it only had five ingredients.
I had all the ingredients in the house, a blender and a cast iron skillet and I was ready to give it a try.
I watched it rise behind the oven door, the way I used to watch Jiffy Pop popcorn rise on the stove top (showing my age again). It was very exciting.
I put it all together with the butter, lemon juice, confectioners sugar and strawberries and I was quite pleased with the end results.
I called Bob to the breakfast table and he was shocked!
His eyes opened wide and he was speechless. Very sorry I don’t have a picture of that.
He absolutely LOVED it and he was a happy man.
So here is a picture of the first Dutch Baby that I ever prepared.
Not bad for a first try…
I think The Original Pancake House would be very proud of me.
Theirs on the left and mine on the right.
It really is a lot easier than it looks and I wanted to share the recipe with all of you.
It is now a staple on our breakfast rotation.
Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed and you will definitely impress your family and it is great if you have guests.
Have fun cooking !
Until my next post, make every day a celebration!
This is not my original recipe.
I copied this recipe from google, but I don’t remember the name of the site I used. I was just so excited that I found the recipe.
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp. sugar
Pinch of nutmeg
4 tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 425
Combine in the blender or hand mix.. eggs, flour, milk, sugar and nutmeg
Place butter in 10 inch heavy skillet and place in oven till melted, don’t let it burn , then add batter to the skillet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes till puffed and golden then …
Lower heat to 300 and cook 5 minutes more, remove from the oven and place on a warmed serving plate.
Then put a few pats of butter on top, and spread around, then squeeze some fresh lemon juice all over it and then sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar … then top with fresh strawberries.. you can make a strawberry sauce using frozen strawberries in syrup …warm up and serve on side of Dutch baby
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photo courtesy, The Original Pancake House menu