Have you ever had a popover? Have you made popovers? Picture making one big popover in a pie plate instead of a muffin tin and you have a dutch baby, quite popular in the Pacific Northwest. In England, this would be called a Yorkshire pudding and could be filled with savory or sweet combinations. Serve this pancake with melted butter, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or preserves. It makes a very nice breakfast for two and can really wow an overnight guest.
If you want, you could mix this batter the night before and allow it to spend the night in a sealed container in your refrigerator. But it’s not that difficult to make it first thing in the morning.
Get out a large mixing bowl and a whisk. Preheat your oven to 375℉ and grease a pie pan. Mix together 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 3 beaten eggs, 3/4 cup of milk, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla (optional), and 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter. Depending on your taste, you can add cinnamon. Blend the batter until smooth with your whisk. Do not overmix by using a blender. Pour the batter into the pie pan and place it on the middle rack of the preheated oven.
Bake for ten minutes then turn down the oven heat to 325℉ and continue baking for another five minutes until the edges have risen high and the peaks browned.
Top with any number of possibilities: sliced fresh fruit, powdered sugar, maple syrup, or anything that sounds good on a custard. Cut into quarters and serve.
This is a good breakfast but you can easily turn it into a dessert or even an afternoon meal.