Peach and Blueberry Dutch Baby

Peach and Blueberry Dutch Baby

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.

A delicious blueberry dutch baby, with peaches. Serve warm and top with ice cream for a great summer dessert!

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?).

dutch baby

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 :)

Peach Dutch Baby with Wild Blueberry Sauce
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This dish should be served warm, soon after it's taken out of the oven. Serve it right from the skillet. This is a great dish for a late breakfast or brunch, as well. Just omit the ice cream.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

  • Blueberry Sauce:
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup wild (or regular) fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

  • Dutch Baby Batter:
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt (or pinch of table salt)
  • 2-3 peaches, halved, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (no need to peel)

  • Powdered sugar,for dusting
  • Vanilla Ice Cream (optional, but desirable)
  1. Prepare blueberry sauce:
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in water. Add blueberries and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and berries are softened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Simply re-warm before using to top dessert).
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  4. Melt 2 Tbsp. in the microwave and then pour into a blender or food processor. Add the eggs, milk, flour, 1 Tbsp. sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend batter until smooth. Let sit in blender, while you prepare the peaches.
  5. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. of butter and melt. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add peaches to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2 minutes.
  6. Briefly re-blend the batter, then pour evenly over peaches. Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven.
  7. Bake pancake until puffed and golden brown all over, about 18-22 minutes. It will deflate as soon as it's removed from the oven. Don't despair. That's what it is supposed to do.
  8. Dust pancake generously with powdered sugar and top with 3 or 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Top ice cream with some blueberry sauce, then serve immediately right from the skillet.

YummlyAdapted from Bon Apetit August 2012

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