I decided I would make a Dutch baby for the first time, and somehow ended up with this wonderfully soft and creamy white chocolate pancake with blueberries, after deliberating whether to duplicate the flavors of this white raspberry bundt cake.. In a cast-iron skillet, of course. It's sweet and can double as dessert.
I don't have a lot of pancake recipes in this blog but the ones that make it are really good.
So this blueberry dutch pancake is out of the ordinary for me.
There's something magical about taking a dutch pancake out of the oven, all puffed and majestic. It deflates pretty quickly, like the popovers, but it's a great dish for a brunch or breakfast without much work.
What is it about a pancake baked in the oven that's so appealing? That it puffs so much?
Probably, because it’s like a giant thick popover that bubbles up and cracks, leaving the baker with just a few minutes' window to admire it in all its height before poof! it’s completely flat and ordinary looking.
That kinda makes the baker the only one admiring the work. But hey, life is not only about praise, but it’s also about self-fulfillment, right? Let’s say the latter came in the form of a puffy pancake and a mouth full of it.
The hazards of baking.
This is more of a dessert than a breakfast, in my opinion, unless you like sweet things in the morning.
But hey, dessert is dessert, meant to be sweet and filling, and a hot skillet makes it ideal for plunging the spoons directly and eating from it, with no plates necessary and one less pile of dishes to wash.
Tips for making this recipe
- Oven - have it preheated; otherwise, the pancake will not rise as it should.
- Skillet - I use cast iron, but you can use your favorite non-stick one. Beware that they are very heavy and you will need kitchen towels to remove it from the oven. It will be piping hot!
- Chocolate - this recipe calls for white, but use dark if that's your jam or if you don't like very sweet pancakes.
- Blueberries - fresh or frozen, both work. Raspberries are also very good.
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- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup sifted all purpose flour
- 1 Tbs confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tbs butter
- ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 Tbs sliced almonds (toasted)
- Confectioners’ sugar (for sprinkling)
- Preheat oven to 425°F/220ºC.
- Have all ingredients ready.
- Melt butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Let it brown a little.
- Meanwhile, in a blender or with a wire whisk and a bowl, mix eggs with flour and sugar until well blended.
- Add milk gradually and then vanilla.
- Add salt.
- Mix in white chips and blueberries.
- When the butter is browned, add this mixture quickly to the skillet, and pop the skillet immediately into the oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden and puffed.
- Take it out of the oven, sprinkle it with almonds and a light sift of confectioners’ sugar.
- Use another berry, like raspberries or strawberries.
- Use milk or semisweet chocolate chips instead of white.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: white chocolate pancake