Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

by Kelli on September 30, 2014

Up your brunch game with a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #brunch #apple

After a Saturday afternoon spent apple picking, I knew exactly how my Sunday morning would unfold. The New York Times, a mug of my favorite new (to me) coffee and a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake.

It’s not often I have indulgent breakfasts like this. But, every so often it’s necessary. I hope you think so to.

Plus, even though it didn’t feel like it (hello, 80 degrees), it was the first full weekend. And my first full weekend in city, free from any travel or obligations in almost 2 months. Definitely cause for a sweet breakfast celebration.

Up your brunch game with a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #brunch #apple

If you choose sweet over savory when it comes to breakfast and brunch, this Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake has your own all over it. It’s light, fluffy, eggy and super buttery. The pancake itself isn’t very sweet. Think of Dutch Baby Pancakes as bigger, more shallow breakfast popover. As the batter cooks it puffs and rises creating folds, crevices and big pancakey pockets.

I recommend sticking with a nice tart-sweet apple. I love using Empires and Cortlands. Honeycrisp are also great.

Up your brunch game with a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #brunch #apple

This recipe starts with caramelizing three medium-size apples with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. I highly recommend reserving about a third of these apples to use as a topping for your pancake. You don’t have to. But you totally should.

Up your brunch game with a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #brunch #apple

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby doesn’t really need maple syrup. This is coming from someone that prefers their pancakes covered and surrounded by a pool of maple syrup. The pancake itself isn’t all that sweet. It’s more eggy and buttery. Between the caramelized apples baked into the pancake, the apple topping and a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar, you’re totally set.

Up your brunch game with a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #brunch #apple

This recipe is adapted from a classic Dutch Baby Pancake I made earlier this year. If you’re looking for a straight-up, regular ‘ol Dutch Baby, that’s the recipe to keep in your back pocket.

Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tart apples, peeled, core removed & sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup half and half (or whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • confectioners' sugar, for serving (optional)
  • maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Using an immersion blender (or standard blender), mix together the eggs, flour, half and half, sugar, vanilla and salt.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the apples and stir so they're coated with the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft about 10 minutes.

If you'd like to top your pancake with caramelized apples (I highly recommend this), spoon about 1/3 of the apples from the skillet into a small bowl, and set side. If not, then continue on with the recipe.

Add the remaining butter to the skillet with the apples and melt.

Pour the batter into the skillet over the melted butter and apples. Carefully transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the pancake is puffed up and golden brown.

Remove the skillet from the oven. Divide the Dutch baby between plates, top caramelized apples and powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from this recipe which is adapted from Orangette

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/caramelized-apple-dutch-baby-pancake/

Enjoy!

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