Peach Dutch Baby with Wild Blueberry Sauce

By: Jennifer M July 28, 2012 Sweets 40 Comments
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As we were finishing up dinner earlier this week, I casually announced to the family that I was making a Dutch baby. Once I saw the eyes widen a bit around the table, I quickly added “for dessert”, as if that would surely make it all clear.

My son, who obviously had places to go and people to see, wanted only to know how long it would take for me to produce this Dutch baby thing. Half an hour, I assured him. Daughter just wrinkled her nose, convinced that it sounded like something she wasn’t going to like. My husband cut right to the chase and wanted to know exactly what a Dutch baby was and why he would want to eat one.

You may be familiar with the Dutch baby, but if not, it’s one of those dishes whose name offers few clues as to what it is. Some describe a Dutch baby as a cross between a pancake and a popover. For me, it’s more like to a clafouti. But however it’s described, I declare it simply delicious. Light and warm, the Dutch baby itself has a custard taste, but with a super light pancake texture. When combined with fresh fruit and served warm, with melting vanilla ice cream, the Dutch baby is perfection and quickly won over everyone in my family.

Peaches and blueberries are at their seasonal best right now, so they were my choices for this week’s Dutch baby. But this dessert would be lovely with all kinds of fruits, so it can go with you through all the summer fruits and into the fall and winter, with apples (maybe with a caramel sauce?).

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You’ll want to serve the Dutch baby warm from the oven. It will puff up while cooking and then quickly deflate. Don’t despair though. It’s supposed to do that. Dust with powdered sugar, top with some vanilla ice cream and spoon some of the blueberry sauce over top (truthfully, the ice cream part is optional, but really … why not?). Put the skillet on the table and allow people to serve themselves from the skillet, or if it’s just family, hand out spoons and dig in. (Be sure to wrap the skillet handle in a cloth, to remind everyone it’s hot).

Quick. Easy. Pretty. Delicious!

{The hazards of food photography or why I shouldn’t stand on chairs to take these photos …}
Right after I took the photo above, I fell off the chair I was standing on to take it. I made sure I held my camera in the air with my right hand. Heaven forbid anything should happen to my camera! It emerged unscathed. Unfortunately, my left wrist wasn’t so lucky. Broken. A palm to elbow cast will be complicating my cooking efforts for the next 6 weeks. On a brighter note, I did stop to eat a big piece of this Dutch baby with my good arm before I went to the hospital. Far too good to waste :)

Adapted from Bon Apetit August 2012

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40 Comments

  1. Sophie July 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    oh my goodness! i’m so sorry to hear about your wrist, Jennifer! a cast? what a hassle. i’m sure, also quite painful. poor thing! well your photos are absolutely beautiful. and i never thought to put ice cream on a dutch baby! yesyesyes! i’m hungry for breakfast :)

  2. Jennifer July 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Sophie. I never realized how many things rely on two hands! (typing, too – so slow with one hand)

    • Jennie Thomson September 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Big Jenn, it’s little Jen. My birthday is just around the corner… You should make me one of these when you get your case off. How bout it? ;)

      • Jennifer September 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        Hey little Jen! Cast came off this morning, so you just let me know when you’d like me to deliver it ;)

  3. Iva July 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This looks… just gorgeous.

    • Jennifer July 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thanks so much, Iva. And it tastes as good as it looks.

  4. Sharon August 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    As soon as I saw this photograph my mouth started to water! I love blueberries and peaches together … And vanilla ice cream … Heaven on a plate. I’m going to the store right now to get ice cream!
    I’m so sorry about your wrist and hope you heal quickly. I look forward to reading your blog each week and seeing what you have been cooking.

    • Jennifer August 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Enjoy Sharon! And thanks re wrist. I hope so too because one handed cooking is proving to be quite challenging :)

  5. meatballs & milkshakes August 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Yum! That looks amazing…I’d never heard of a dutch baby before about a year ago, but I think I’m going to have to try one soon!

    • Jennifer August 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I hope you get a chance to try. One of the best desserts I’ve eaten in a while (and quick and easy, too!)

  6. erin August 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This looks unbelievably good! And the chair story is hilarious. I mean, not the broken wrist part, but the rest of it. Art is pain. :-)

    • Jennifer August 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Erin. It is quite a story. People always ask how I broke my arm. Sometimes I tell them I fell off a chair while I was taking a picture of a Dutch baby, just to see the blank look on their face. Usually, I just tell them I fell off a chair ;)

  7. Tawcan August 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Wow that looks so delicious! I’m drooling just looking at the picture. Now just need to convince my wife to make this for me… shouldn’t be too hard after she sees the pic. :)

    • Jennifer August 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks. Super easy and quick dish to make, too, so shouldn’t need too much convincing :)

  8. Violets and Cardamom August 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful images! I have always wanted to make a Dutch baby and now you have inspired me. Love seeing that ice cream melting all over it. Yum!

    • Jennifer August 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much. Honestly, the ice cream was so nice with this dish. I recommend it :)

  9. isis August 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

    this looks amazing! and um thanks for baking & taking the fall for us, so we could enjoy this amazing shot!

    • Jennifer August 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

      LOL. You’re welcome. I think ;)

  10. Karen | Citrus and Candy August 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Ok falling off a chair while shooting a top down shot is one of my biggest fears. So much so that I don’t do it unless my man was around to um, hold me while I’m perched. And it looks like that habit isn’t going to change after reading your story! I’m so sorry to hear about your wrist and I wish you a speedy recovery.

    On the upside, your photos are beautiful and your Dutch baby looks divine. :)

    • Jennifer August 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Karen and thanks for the speedy recovery wishes. I am pleased to report my cast comes off in 7 days! As for the standing on chairs, I’m not sure what my strategy is going to be going forward. I’m usually home alone when taking photos, so I’m thinking step ladder ;) If you get a chance to try the Dutch baby before the fresh peaches disappear, I highly recommend it. I can’t say it was worth the broken arm …. but close :)

  11. Charlene September 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Love the Dutch baby….used to have it as a treat on Sunday mornings as a little girl served as breakfast. Ours was made with a lemon sugar sauce on top. It always looked like a flying saucer when it was in the oven so we nicknamed it that. Now my daughters love it too. thanks for sharing

    • Jennifer September 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      That’s a great story, Charlene. It does look like a flying saucer :)

  12. Laura Dembowski December 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Looks amazing. I love the flavor combination and it is a lovely photo, but not worth breaking your wrist. I hope you healed well and have found a safer way to take pics.

    • Jennifer M December 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Laura and thanks for asking. Yes, I am all healed (except for the part where my arm now predicts the weather). And yes, I have invested in a little (safer) step ladder for times like these.

  13. Lizzy (Good Things) January 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Such a beautiful recipe and lovely photos! I hope your wrist has mended now.

    • Jennifer M January 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Lizzy. And yes, wrist is all mended, and I’m being more careful these days ;)

  14. SJ June 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    YUM! I’m going to have to make this for dinner tonight.

    • Jennifer M June 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Enjoy!

  15. Sabine July 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I just was wondering why this is called a dutch baby? I am dutch and live in the Netherlands (home of the dutch) and we do not know of any dessert that even remotely resembels this… I just don’t understand why it is a ‘dutch’ baby… Can you explain?

    • Jennifer M July 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Sabine, As near as I can figure, the “Dutch” baby is solely a North American invention. Here’s a wikipedia link that suggests the name’s origin is in Seattle, Washington :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_baby_pancake

  16. Chelbi July 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Hi this looks so good and I really want to make it but we just had to throw away our cast iron skillet can I use a regular pie pan or 10 inch ramekin?

    • Jennifer M July 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Chelbi, Absolutely you can. I’d use something with higher sides than a pie pan, but otherwise a 9-10 inch round dish or pan of some sort should work just fine.

  17. Maya @ Alaska from Scratch July 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Jennifer! This post is perfection, except for your wrist! Oh my word. I can’t even imagine blogging (let alone everything else you do) in a cast! Bless your heart. Hugs.

    • Jennifer M July 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Maya, and yes, not being able to use one arm does make cooking challenging :)

  18. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious September 30, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Your pics are amazing and the Dutch baby looks to die for!

    • Jennifer M September 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Thanks so much, Gerry.

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