Apple Berry Cinnamon Dutch Baby – ABCD

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.Apple Berry Cinnamon Dutch Baby 2

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!Apple Berry Cinnamon Dutch Baby 4

Apple Berry Cinnamon Dutch Baby


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 medium Gala apples
  • 4 Tablespoons butter in 4 pieces
  • 6- ounces fresh raspberries or blueberries these can be left out, if desired
  • Ricotta Cream optional, see below (You can also use whipping cream or ice cream if it's a dessert!)
  • Cinnamon Sugar optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (Make sure that the oven rack is in the center spot.)

  2. Put a 12-inch cast iron skillet in the oven as it is heating.
  3. In a Nutri-Bullet® or blender, blend together the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla and 2 Tablespoons of the sugar until well mixed. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together the remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Peel and core the apples then slice into 1/8" slices.
  6. Put the apple slices into the cinnamon mixture and toss until well coated.
  7. When oven is heated, remove the skillet and add the butter. Let it sizzle and melt. (It's okay if it browns a little.)
  8. Then add the sliced apple mixture and stir until all the apples are well coated with the butter.
  9. Push the apples away from the edge of the skillet so there is about a 1-inch clearance between the apples and the edge of the pan.
  10. Pour the batter into the skillet around and over the apples.
  11. Sprinkle the berries on top.
  12. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  13. When done, place skillet on cooling rack for about 10 minutes then slice and serve with the Ricotta Cream and Cinnamon Sugar.

Ricotta Cream

  1. In a small bowl whisk together 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese, 3 Tablespoons maple syrup and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  1. In a small bowl mix together 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon. For easiest use, put in a shaker jar to sprinkle on top of yogurt, ice cream, baked goods, etc.

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