Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

    Dutch Baby Pancake in a cast iron skillet with berries on top

    You’ve probably had a pancake or two in your lifetime, but have you ever tried a Dutch baby pancake? Unlike the breakfast pancakes you’re accustomed to, a Dutch baby pancake is a large, airy custard dessert baked in a cast-iron pan.

    While classic pancakes can be found almost anywhere, a Dutch baby pancake is typically a treat only found on a handful of restaurant menus or B&B menus. Classic pancakes are also different in that they’re usually cooked over the stove and consist of round, fluffy cakes, no wider than 6 or 7 inches.

    A Dutch baby pancake, however, is closer to 10 or 12 inches and carries a different texture. The irresistible nature of this recipe is its warm, custard-like interior, which contrasts with its crisp, toasted exterior. The varying textures are marvelous and are why so many love this breakfast or dessert.

    The batter for this recipe is really easy to whip up. Once this oversized pancake is ready, it’s typically topped with fresh berries and powdered sugar. You can also pour maple syrup as a garnish, as well.


    Cook time: 30 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, flour, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
    2. Place the butter in a cast-iron skillet or a pie pan, then put the skillet/pan in the oven just until the butter has melted. Take a pastry brush, spread the melted butter all over the inside of the pan and rim of the skillet/pan.
    3. Slowly pour the pancake batter into your skillet or pan, then bake for 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 350°F and bake for another 8-10 minutes until the top is golden and browned.
    4. Serve the pancake immediately in the skillet or pan, optionally dusting powdered sugar on top and adding any desired fruit to the top.

    Additional information

    Recipe adapted from geniuskitchen.com

    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.