The peculiar name of this dish comes from the time and place I first made them. We were staying at my Mom’s farmhouse one summer day and it just raining cats and dogs. The kids were off playing in the attic or somewhere upstairs and Kumy and Mom and I were just sitting and talking in the kitchen, when I got a yen for something sweet.
Dutch Babies, which is what this really is, is a very eggy baked pancake that soars to 6-7″ above the pan before collapsing as it cools. It’s a glorious brunch or lunch dish.
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced (Can use any apples.)
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp sugar and a dusting of Cinnamon
Melt butter in your largest ovenproof frying pan, and saute apple slices until they start to soften – about 4-5 minutes. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir gently until the sugar starts to caramelize and the whole thing is getting syrupy and gooey. Remove from heat.
2 Tbsp more of sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all these ingredients together until very smooth, and pour over the apples. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes, until puffy and golden and tips are browning. Serve with powdered sugar or enjoy them plain.
Another option: Use thinly sliced peaches or pears or a blend of both instead of the apples. No need to peel the pears, which are especially tasty. I used half peeled apples, and half pears today an it was especially good.
Update: Last weekend, I made too much batter and needed to use it up in another pan. Since I had ripe bananas, I lightly buttered the pan, cut two ripe bananas into chunks, poured the batter over and baked as usual. It was delicious!! The sweetness of the banana chunks added just the right note to the pancakes. I’ll definitely do this again.