The first time I heard the phrase “Dutch Baby” was when we were visiting my husband’s relatives in Italy. Only it wasn’t something to eat…it was my daughter! You see, we have three kids; the first two have dark hair and brown eyes and skin that tans easily, like their Italian dad. The baby (not such a “baby” anymore), is fair like me, blond and blue eyed. Our relatives in the small town of Pietralcina in southern Italy referred to her as our “Deutsche Bambina”…Dutch Baby! So when I heard there was actually a dish called a Dutch Baby, well, you know I had to try it!
A Dutch Baby is basically a giant pancake with fruit baked in the oven. And it is easy and perfect if you have company for breakfast or dessert, because it makes a beautiful presentation served directly from the cast iron skillet.
Traditionally, cheese is served with apples; and maple syrup is served with pancakes. The Ricotta Cream that is served alongside this does several things. (Caution: justification ahead!) First, the cheese is a good counterpoint to the sweetness of the fruit and pastry. Second, the cheese and the eggs are proteins which is a healthy balance to the carbs in the dish. So go ahead…make this and enjoy it guilt free!
Preheat oven to 400ºF (Make sure that the oven rack is in the center spot.)
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